I have been busy taping screens with duct tape ready for some screenprinting. I love screenprinting, but it takes so much preparation. I haven’t done any for ages because I only had the one screen but now I’ve bought three more, smaller, ones, and I also have the Gocco screen I’ve made (and plan to make some more of those soon). But you do have to think ahead.
Here’s my list:
- Order more dye. I realised yesterday that I didn’t have much left.
- Soak fabric in soda ash and try and dry it. Try. Without it dripping over everyone, preferably outside. Except that it never seems to stop raining. Maybe I should try this in the summer?
- Finish taping screens.
- Make print paste. This needs to set overnight so I can’t do it on the day.
- Prepare screens with thickened dye paste and whatever else I’m using to make a screen using the breakdown printing method. Leave this overnight to dry.
- Look up some possible background patterns and other designs to use. Prepare more screens or stuff to use as resists or patterns. Interfacing method as in Jane Dunnewold’s book. Etc.
- Finally print!!!
I’ve probably forgotten something but that should take me at least a week!
Here are the screens halfway through being taped. I had a rest and wrote this blog entry and now I’m going to finish them.