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April 5, 2019

Screen Printing Project 3

Screen Print on Fabric:  For the 3rd of our projects this semester, we had to create two "positive" images, and burn them into screens, registered, and make 2-color prints on fabric.  Registered means that you can easily place the print from one screen exactly on top of the print from the other screen.  I had the fashion model with the horizontal stripes on one screen and all of the calligraphy/typography on the other screen.  The first screen was printed in black (figure) and the second one in charcoal gray (typography).  The print measures 15 X 19"  The background fabric is white.  



Original Art Inspiration:  I sketched a live model in a Fashion Illustration course last year and then collaged over the drawing. 



Creating the designs for the Screens:  The positive images for the screen #1 were created by collaging black paper and typed words, that were printed on a transparency, to create the blouse.  All the pieces were taped to heavy vellum to photograph (burn) them onto a photoemulsion screen.  The calligraphy for screen #2 was printed on transparency sheets and cut out and taped to a second piece of vellum to make the other screen.  Here are the two sheets of vellum clipped together for me to test the image.



March 8, 2019

Experimental Screen Printing 2nd Project

We made two photo emulsion screens for our second project, and then printed both, with different color inks, on the same fabric. 

Design for Screen 1:  black cutouts mounted on vellum with clear tape.



Design for screen 2:  Various objects, either black or painted black with acrylic paint and a brayer, mounted on acetate with clear tape..


I don't understand the photo emulsion liquid or the huge camera we used to create our screens, but the only open mesh on the screen was where the black objects were placed. 

Fabric Print 1 on white fabric:  This was the first print - using pale pink, then medium pink, then purple ink.



Fabric Print 2 on white fabric:  This was the second print, using pale yellow, darker yellow (off set), and two shades of green ink.


I'm learning lots, and have no idea what I will ever do with the fabric prints, but that is OK.  A stimulated mind at my age is wonderful! 

March 5, 2019

Pregnant Models, Quilt Journal Pages, and Stamps

Figuary is over for 2019, and I really enjoyed Kenzo's short instructional videos and drawing Larry Withers Models.  I sketched a pregnant model many years ago, and was delighted that Croquis Café had one on Day 3.  In 2010 I enjoyed converting the images into Quilt Journal Pages  (8.5 X 11") using dyed fabric and several methods to transfer the images. 



The model at Croquis Café on Day 3 of Figuary (Feb 3, 2019) was excellent.  These are most of the sketches that I did of her.   

Pregnant Model (I, 2, and 5 minute poses - some finished on PAUSE)





In 2010, I even took some of my drawings and made stamps - and here is a small folded book of stamped images, and the envelope that I made for the book. 

Stamps and Small Folded Book with Envelope



February 22, 2019

Bookbinding and a New Watercolor Sketchbook

Once each month I meet with a friend to teach her bookbinding.  She makes wonderful books and I have a new one for myself at the end of the day.  This month we made a cased in-book with 140 lb Fabriano Artistico soft press paper - 6 signatures with two folios each.  The cover for my book was made with fabric fused to 45gm mulberry paper.  It is a monoprint that I made with thickened Procion MX dyes. 



We made the end papers with Canson MiTientes paper - which is readily available in many colors.



Ten years ago I couldn't find sketchbooks with good watercolor paper and began this journey.  Now, although Moleskine and Stillman and Birn sell watercolor sketchbooks, I still love making these and have a wonderful shelf full of many color sketchbooks. 


February 15, 2019

Experimental Screen Printing Class

I am taking an Experimental Screen Painting Class at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) this semester, and hopefully will gain an understanding of the many methods for screen printing.  I have previously done 2 types of screen prints, and those two prints are at the end of this blog post. 

We made a 4 Color Reduction Print over the first two weeks.  I had no idea what they even meant 2 weeks ago!  Read here for method:  The white shapes on my screen print are the color of the fabric, and I brushed screen filler over every place that you see white to "protect it", and then pulled a print with light blue pigment.  The light blue color is #1.  Going forward, I brushed on "screen filler" to delineate the areas that I wanted to remain light blue, and then pulled a print with darker blue.  This process, i.e. screen filler to delineate areas you want to save, and then pulling a print with darker colors (#3 dark purplish blue and then #4 black). It made my brain hurt trying to figure out the process.  Before adding the black pigment, every part of my screen except for the black areas at the bottom of the screen were brushed with screen filler to maintain the printing I wanted to save.  To pull a print, pudding-like pigments are put along the top edge of the screen and a squeegee is used to pull the paint down over the screen in one slow, consistent movement.

My Print on Fabric: 



My only other experiences with screen printing were one day workshops printing on fabric with fabric paints.

One color Screen print with mask - a Christmas Tree Decoration:

In the first photo, I made multiple prints of the green tree on a big piece of red fabric using a contact paper "mask "over the screen (with the green sections cut out), only allowing me to print the areas that are green as the print was pulled.  The gold color is machine quilting with metallic gold thread.  



Thermofax Screen Print with several colors of thickened Procion MX Dye - A Quilt Journal Page:

I don't understand how thermofax screens are made, but essentially a stencil is burned into a screen using a Thermofax photocopying machine and special paper.  I brought black and white ink jet prints to the workshop and the screens were made for me during the workshop.  They are more like stencils with multiple areas on the screen that let paint through. On this 8.5 X 11" quilt journal page, I used several different screens, and colors of thickened dyes for this tiny art quilt.



 Stay Tuned:  Next we are making photoemulsion screens and it is all still a mystery to me. 

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