Monday, July 2, 2012

printing :: with thrifted screens

Yesterday, at Camberwell Market, I managed to pick up another two old screens for $5 each. These screens were originally made for printing labels for cleaning products and cosmetics ~ pre digital printing! The guy selling them bought a pallet of them ages ago, and thinks they're at least 20 years old. (P.S. How cute is my new little squeegee?)

Screen number one is an old detergent screen. I bought it more for the condition of the screen (for reuse) than the design, but then it occurred to me that an old detergent label might be interesting on a tea towel (just for me). The screens contain finer mesh than I normally use for fabric printing, but are able to be printed onto fabric. The combination of the yellow ink and the course linen resulted in an OK print. If I print it again, I will use a darker colour.

Screen number two was a label for shampoo. Again, I chose it for the condition of the screen, but it has a nice little flower design. I masked out all of the ugly shampoo related text so that I was left with just the flowers.

This time I chose rose red ink to print with. The design is quite fine, but printed well onto fabric and even better onto (recycled) cardboard. I think I will be printing a few cards with this pretty design.

All in all, it was $10 well spent! Wishing you all a good week (especially if you're starting the school holiday madness fun like me! More market finds over at Sophie's blog.


CurlyPops said...

The floral design is gorgeous. Great score Nic!

elflyn said...

These are fabulous!
Go the vintage :)

Carmel Morris said...

Awesome find!

Christina Lowry said...

Love these screens. When I was at Uni I studied lithography in first year printmaking. There were these huge, smooth marble blocks/tablets that we drew on and printed with. Do you know what I mean? There were several that we weren't allowed to use though, which still had original designs on them for labels of tinned food, which were probably over a hundred years old. They had been discovered dumped in the Brisbane river from memory.

I think my Mum still uses that dishwashing liquid too. It's a white bottle with a yellow or green lid and the 'label' is printed directly onto the plastic. I remember it from my childhood too. :)

BOB & MABEL said...

They are a great find, it would be hard to get rid of the designs.

Anonymous said...

Fabulous finds!! I really love both the designs, the results are lovely!
Have a great week!

lisa stubbs said...

What fab finds nick! I love the yellow on the linen makes it look more vintage, just been enjoying your lovely blog, very inspiring x

Bijou Sugar-Socks said...

ohhhh u scored! those screens are so versatile now :) love both designs :)