Monday, June 27, 2016

Embroidery Hoop Screen Printing

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This is an easy, fast and fun way to make multiple prints for any occasion and it's just in time to make 4th of July T-shirts... or napkins... for a parade or a party next week.

  • 12" Wood embroidery hoop (plastic will slip)
  • Sheer woven fabric – organza, voile, or an old sheer curtain panel from the thrift store
  • A star design-printed or drawn
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Screen printing ink made for fabric (Speedball)
  • Expired gift card (any plastic card)
  • Plastic spoon
  • Paper plate
  • Heavy paper or cardboard
  • Washed T-shirt (or bag) and iron your shirt first- I forgot!

Secure the fabric between the embroidery hoops so there are no wrinkles or gaps and the fabric is taut. Trim the edges.

Place the star design under the flat side of the fabric screen.
Trace over the design with a pencil onto the fabric.

Flip the screen over and apply acrylic paint to the fabric in the “negative” areas --the areas that will not be printed.
Allow the paint to dry.
Hold the screen up to the light and look for any light shining through the painted fabric.

Apply paint to the other sided of the hoop, especially in the areas where there are light holes.

Allow the paint to dry.

Inspect the screen one more time for light holes and if it’s good, make a test print on scrap fabric or paper.

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Place the hoop flat-side down on top of a piece of test piece of fabric or paper.

Use a plastic spoon to spread the printing ink across the top of the screen above the image.

Use a plastic card to squeegee the ink over the area-- top to bottom then scrape off the excess.

Carefully lift the screen up, and look at the print.

If any spots need to be filled, clean the screen – dry it with a paper towel and fill the holes in with paint; if it’s just one or 2 dots, cover them with masking tape on the bottom side.

When it’s time to print for real, place a piece of cardboard under the item being printed (or inside, if it’s a shirt or bag), to keep the ink from bleeding through.  
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for heat setting the ink.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Little Wonders

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….and now for something completely different. I've starting “painting” a little bit here and there. I really enjoy the feeling that mark making on paper gives me; so much of my work life is about making things to please other people. These investigations are completely for fun.

It’s so freeing to go to a place where there are no rules (there are still rules but not someone else's) and I don’t know what I’m doing or how it will look when I’m done. When am I done?

I don’t know but it’s really fun to do. I’m interested in exploring layers: of mark making, paints, paper and ink; layers of meaning and memory. These are a few of my little wonderings, explored on paper.

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