Deconstructed Screen Printing

My local surface design group met this afternoon and we screened tons of prints from the screens that I showed you a couple of weeks ago. I also had added some thickened dye to my paper lamination screens and Louise brought some screens with dried dye as well. We had a blast. These photos are either of wet prints or partially deconstructed screens. The ones that I made 2 weeks ago did take a while to break down since they had dried for a while.

This isn’t even close to the number of pieces we printed. I will show you more once they have been washed. This is one of the techniques that we keep coming back to because we love the unpredictable results. We printed on silk, cotton and paper.

Hope you have a nice weekend and thanks for stopping by!

14 thoughts on “Deconstructed Screen Printing

    • Thanks Liz! You apply thickened dye first, let it dry and then use more thickened dye either in a different color or clear to pull a print. As the new dye is used, it breaks down the dried dye in the screen.

  1. Fabulous results Ruth, I can see why you are all so happy! Did you make your screens up with fiber reactive dyes for the cotton? Did you pretreat the cotton with soda ash?

    • Thanks Teri! We used fiber reactive dyes. You add the soda ash in the second sets of thickened dye (not the one that dried in the screen). You could pretreat with soda ash but you don’t need to.

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