Monday, April 27, 2015

Getting to Know You....

Getting to grips with new equipment has taken up an enormous amount of time in the last few weeks. I have replaced all my screens with lightweight aluminium and also lightweight wooden squeegees.
I look back to the time - only a couple of years ago - when the squeegee I was using was enormously heavy - 1.5+ kilos and very unergonomically designed. I probably did some damage to my hands and wrists. I certainly couldn't have coped doing the amount of printing I do now.

You would think the changeover would be easy - not so. Not all screens are the same - and it took me a while to find some that suited me - tension and weight wise. The same with squeegees - different types push through different amounts of ink I have discovered. With unexpected effects.

But I think I have finally got the hang of basic fabric printing now with this new equipment, including very fine cotton - scarves have been my latest. But I haven't mastered fine silk (scarves) yet. Lots of painty messes in the studio as I try out different ways and different screens for silk.
And I have discovered Permaset Print Paste - produces lovely translucent colours for scarf printing. Lots of fun playing around mixing colours with this.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Cushion Cover Collection

Well not quite a collection just yet, but I have certainly got into the swing of printing them just lately. I have recently replaced all my screens and squeegees and have had to learn the idiosyncrasies of my new tools afresh. Quite a learning curve as there are no black and white rules in screen printing - well not in my experience anyway. Fortunately I have access to lots of old sheet fabric so have been able to practice to my heart's content. Now happy ;-)

And equipped with my new equipment and new knowledge I produced something useful at the end of it all - screen printed cushion covers!