We're lucky enough to have a wonderful art space in the town next to us. Members of the public can just turn up and create. All of the equipment and resources are there and it's free! Can you believe that? If you want to do pottery it's all set up, needle felting, they have the know how, oil painting, not a problem. I've been wanting to learn how to screen print and an incredibly talented girl friend and artist just so happens to have mastered the technique and also teaches there. Friday's are women only days so a couple of weeks ago I decided to pop along.
Moments before going, Mr Tread Softly said that he had a present for me and handed me half a dozen giant sized acorns cups that he'd picked up. I've only been able to photograph two of them as Trumpet spotted them and they're now under the furniture!
Anyway, I decided that the giant acorn cups (I know that they're not acorns but haven't the foggiest what else to call them) would be my inspiration for my first screen print. I photographed the process for you step by step as I thought that some of you might be interested in this simple but hugely effective technique.
So I started off with a sheet of paper and my little bit of inspiration. I used newsprint.
I penciled in my random design...
..and then carefully cut out the shapes with a sharp craft knife.
The newsprint was then taped onto the front of a screen printing frame.
Hmmm, this photo is a little dark but at the top I'd spooned out a line of dark chocolate brown textile paint and then used the spreader to pull the paint down the screen. Can you see the Maori design on the screen? Whoever used it in the past didn't wash it out properly so the paint has stained. I plan to purchase my own frame in the near future.
Here you can see the spread of the textile paint. Doesn't look too pretty does it? But wait, now for the exciting part.
I carefully pulled the screen away from the fabric to reveal my design. I used natural linen to print onto.
Et voila! Here's my finished design. Next time I go I'll be using two colours.
So having heat set the ink I'm now in the process of embellishing it with a simple running stitch in three colours. If you click on the image you should be able to have a closer look.
I'm not sure what the fabric will be made into yet. Maybe a cushion cover - best to keep my first attempt simple I think. Whatever it becomes, I'll keep you posted.
Until next time...
update: apparently, the giant acorn cups are actually gum nuts - thank you helen for letting me know.