Today’s screenprinting adventures

dyed fabric hanging on washing line

I’ve got a bit behind with talking about my screenprinting here – I’ve taken photos but just been getting on with it instead of documenting it!  These are a few different shaped pieces drying on the line.  I used these as test pieces, play pieces really.  I bought several bundles of small pieces of fabric from Empress Mills at the Knitting and Stitching Show a week ago (well, actually 4 kilos of Egyptian cotton fabric pieces for £5 which I thought was pretty good until I had been carrying it around for a couple of hours!  I didn’t really register that 4 kilos weighs a lot.. well, 4 kilos!).  I wanted to check that I had scoured them enough because it is sheeting fabric.  The black dye here had also been made about 5 weeks ago and I wanted to check it was still viable.

mark making fabric

I have been making a lot of thin lines with my parallel pens and I like the effect they make.

blurry writing fabric 

I painted this first of all with very dilute yellow-brown dye and then ‘wrote’ with it, an actual sort of diary entry  whatever came into my head.  It is purposely blurry and illegible.  I just wanted to get the effect of writing, of the marks made by writing.

strips of line fabric

These long thin strips were some of the fabric bits from Empress Mills.   They took the dye well too, and as you can see, the black dye doesn’t seem to have lost much, if any, of its potency yet.  I’m glad about that because I hate throwing anything out! 

autumn leaves colours printed with abstract thermofax screen

This is what I did today.  It’s a thermofax screen made from one of the pages of mark making with my parallel pens.  I really like the effect.  I printed the yellow dye first, then waited until it was dry enough not to bleed when the red-brown dye was screened, did the same with that and then with the darker brown.  Now it is batching.

red/purple fabric  

This is some fabric I painted with the same screen, but with this one I deliberately kept printing while the dye was wet so it all blurred into each other.  I think this will be a very useful screen.  I’ve also printed one piece with just very light grey which I’m going to overprint.  I think I’ll discharge this one next.

leaf fabric

And this is a detail of the fabric printed with the ‘leaf’ screen (the one I photographed with its shadow a few posts back).  I really like this and can see me using it a lot too.  Not sure yet where this fabric is going next.  I printed it in a few different colours and values between red and black and then I painted in some of the white areas with a very pale grey-blue colour.

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6 Responses to Today’s screenprinting adventures

  1. gerrie October 18, 2010 at 4:44 pm #

    Wow!! I love all of these.

  2. Brianna October 18, 2010 at 6:23 pm #

    Oh wow – those are pretty cool. I really like them!

  3. stephanie October 18, 2010 at 6:56 pm #

    Excellent results, you must be really pleased with these fabrics and I love the latest one.

  4. Helen Cowans October 19, 2010 at 1:59 pm #

    love the screenprints!

  5. rayna October 20, 2010 at 2:54 am #

    nice marks, Liz. The fabrics look great. What a bargain! I can’t even imagine 4 kilos for that price. Have fun!!

  6. Mags November 5, 2010 at 4:09 pm #

    Hi Liz. i can see why you are so quiet, just getting on with things and I should do the same. I love this work!