I have finally had a chance to play with some screenprinting at home this week. After reading Bend the Rules with Fabric by Amy Karol (aka Angry Chicken), I ordered the do-it-yourself EZScreenPrint kit online - which allows you to create A4 screens without photo emulsion (this system uses the sun) or hassle! Anyway, I had a go at testing a few designs, including the canisters one from a couple of weeks ago. I have included some pics of the process and a bit of basic explanation.
The first step, as for a normal screenprint, is to print your design onto transparent (overhead) film. Then the exposure takes place in the sun for about a minute using the kit supplied.
Next, you soak the A4 emulsion in water, then wash it to reveal your design "burnt" onto the screen.
Then you dry it in the sun and you're ready to go. The kit comes with a plastic frame that you tape the screen to for printing. Mix up some fabric paint, lay some newspaper, get some scrap fabric to test on, and you're good to go!
Test print ...
Finished tea towel printed onto natural hemp/organic cotton base cloth!
It's a super easy, and pretty inexpensive system. The good thing is that the screens are permanent and can be used over and over. The only negative thing I noticed was that fine lines and small text don't come up so well - there is a finer screen available that might work better for this. Aside from that, I was pleased with the results. If you're interested in more info, head over to this post at Angry Chicken's blog - there is also a discount code to use if you want to buy some too.
For more creative spaces, visit Kootoyoo - you know you want to!
P.S. Looking forward to meeting some of you on Friday night at the launch of The Quilt Project!
P.P.S. Thanks for all of your encouraging comments last week - studio update next week.