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.
I 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.
I 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.
I painted all three pieces and it took quite a lot of paint as it soaks in.
Here’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.
Next 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.
Next 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…
I 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.
I 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.
Next 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.
The 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.
This one has bubble wrap underneath it.
This one I used two colors and the texture is polyester curtains.
So 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.
I 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?
Wow Ruth! that’s quite a project. I look forward to seeing what the group makes. Have fun!
Marilyn – it was quite a project but I think it will be worth the effort.
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.
I will have to give the crushed ice a try, now we have an ice maker in the kitchen I have no excuse not to!
Ruth, what the difference between ice and ice parfait dyeing?
None really. I usually do layers of ice, fabric and dye – makes a “parfait”.
Got it thanks!
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.
Thanks Lyn – I even cleaned up a bit before I took the photo. 🙂 I’ll show the results of the screen printing party soon.