Screen Printing Preparations

Next week, my local group is meeting at my house for some experimental screen printing. I spent most of the day today preparing the screens.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAI took a look through all my old Quilting Arts magazines for some ideas. One article was about using a mask with deconstructed screen printing. The mask is made from light weight interfacing covered with paint. The photo above shows three pieces of interfacing ready to paint.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAI used some left over house latex paint. The point is to cover the interfacing so that when used as a mask, no dye or ink will leak through the mask except the portion that is cut out.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAI painted all three pieces and it took quite a lot of paint as it soaks in.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAHere’s the back side, you can see the paint came through easily. Now to let it dry. I’ll paint the other side and then cut an opening like a stencil. I am thinking I will cut some leaf shapes.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERANext I did some paper lamination screens. This is the process where you glue organza to paper with gel medium. I did three organic patterned screens. I have to let these dry as well and then iron to set and wash off the excess paper.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERANext up, I decided to try some rice baby cereal as a resist on the screen. I applied the cereal through a syringe. And then let it dry. Lots of things drying now…

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAI had a bunch of 6″ embroidery hoops when I ordered them thinking I was getting one and instead got sets of three. I just put organza in the hoop and taped it with duct tape. I added more rice cereal to this. I am hoping that as these screen, the thickened dye will gradually break down the cereal so it will be like the deconstructed screens which change the more prints you make.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAI had some left over cereal so I covered this piece of fabric. The plan is to let it dry and then crack the cereal and then add a layer of dark paint over the top. The same idea as using flour paste resist.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERANext up, I made some print paste and added dye. Then I put the screens on some type of texture, here it is a packing paper. Then I screened the print paste with dye added. And then I have to again, let dry.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAThe dry dyes with the texture and then you screen through it with either plain print paste or a different color of thickened dye. The dried dye will break down as you continue to screen through it.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAThis one has bubble wrap underneath it.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAThis one I used two colors and the texture is polyester curtains.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERASo now, I can’t even hardly walk into my studio. Everything is drying all over the floor, table and wherever else there was space. I’m looking forward to seeing how these screens turn out. I’ll show you next week.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAI did have some time in the evening this week to make some more organza flowers and organza leaves for my ice flower piece. I haven’t stitched anything down yet because I need to have a backing fabric first. I didn’t have a fabric that worked in the right shade of green. So I did some more snow dyeing today to get a dark green. Then I will order some stretcher bars to frame it on. So eventually, I might get this piece done. What have you been up to this week?















10 thoughts on “Screen Printing Preparations

  1. Wow, you have used some really interesting techniques here, I can’t wait to see how they turn out. Are you getting snow where you live or do you have a more reliable supplier of “snow”? All we’ve had for months is endless rain and wind – good felt making weather :o)

    • Thanks Teri – I got the ideas from Quilting Arts. I can’t wait to see how they turn out either 🙂 I have lots of snow this year. I’ve decided that I really like the ice parfait dyeing better than the snow. It seems to give better “textures”. So you can just use ice cubes or crushed ice in place of snow. That way you can ice dye all year long.

  2. The pink piece is absolutely scrummy!

    Wow – it looks like your studio has been burgled! But that’s what comes of being so productive – looking forward to the update.

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