Monday, February 6, 2012

inspiration monday


 i have long wanted to do some screen printing (and you know i even have some of the supplies!), but it always seemed a little overwhelming when it came time to get started......i was definitely looking for a simple way to get going!  and after a little cyber-searching, i think i found it......here's one way to do it:
with some help from this you tube video by expertvillage,  make a screen using some sheer curtain fabric and an embroidery hoop (i'm using a 10" plastic hoop.  you can buy the fabric at your local fabric store, or you can also buy an inexpensive sheer curtain panel at a discount store.).......






and then choose your favorite plastic stencil 
(make sure it's not larger than the opening of your embroidery hoop).





place your stencil on top of a piece of paper, and then "mask" the area around
 the stencil using some freezer paper or waxed paper. 
(i'm printing onto a piece of kraft card stock from the tim holtz idea-ology line)






now place your screen on top of your masked stencil and lay some paint 
at the top of your screen, above the paper and stencil.
(i'm using some white screen printing ink by jacquard.....i think it was a little thick, next time i'll thin it down with a bit of water.  you can also try this using some tube acrylic paint.)






using an old credit card, piece of mat board, or a small squeegee, move the ink down from the top to the bottom of the screen.  you want to end up with an even layer of ink over your stencil.






now carefully lift your screen and stencil,  and take away your paper mask......
and you're left with a really cool screen printed image!  






once your ink is dry, you can trim your image down and add it to your journal, create some personalized stationery, or make a little card for someone special!





and you can use some pan pastel or colored pencil to add a pop of color, too!


some things i noticed:


* this is really easy! the only time consuming part is setting everything up.

* my ink took a while to dry......i think my paint was way too thick.

* make sure you have some newspaper nearby to lay your inky screen and stencil on.
you'll probably want to keep some paper towels close, too.....along with your trashcan!

* rinse off your screen and other tools as soon as you're finished.....
you don't want the ink/paint to dry in your screen.

* the printed image will have a fun texture because of the fabric.

* you can print lots of images in no time at all!


{supplies used:  sheer curtain fabric, plastic embroidery hoop, plastic stencil, 
jacquard screen printing ink, tim holtz idea-ology card stock, plastic squeegee, 
white card stock for card, shipping tag, sepia pitt pen
4B graphite pencil, pan pastel, ribbons}






35 comments:

Jeanette said...

Lori, This is uber-cool!!! What an amazing technique and your finished product is spectacular. Love the card and tag and the coloring is so pretty. You never cease to amaze me with your creativity and talent. Thanks for sharing!!! Hope your have a fabulous week. xoxo, Jeanette

Kim Hambric said...

So cool! I would never have thought of an embroidery hoop. Thanks so much for the lesson!

Jenni C's said...

wow, you make it look so easy, i use to do silk screening when i studied art and it is loads of fun, but the reminder of the mess...never made me go back there...but this might just be an answer!!Thanks for sharing..love your ideas...

Julie S. said...

What a great technique and as always your results are fabulous. I had no idea it was so simple.

Cynthia Schelzig said...

oooh wow,,,,I embroider so I knew all the extra hoops would come in handy for something other than embroidery...or just hanging out in a drawer:)very cool indeed!! Thanks!!

Martha Lever said...

I love how this turned out, Lori. Judith would be so proud of you!!! :)) And I am too. You do make it look very easy to do. Love the card!! Talk soon!

papillon said...

that is over the top awesome! i love texture, i love stencils and boy, am i going to use this! thank your for sharing!

sUz said...

awesome loRi! i've always been a little scared to try printing but you certainly have removed some of the fear and intimidation factors! thanks for figuring out a way to make it more approachable and for your generous spirit in sharing!
xOx, sUz :)
p.s. yours turned out great!

rachel awes said...

hello, gorgeous.
xox

April Cole said...

Beautiful (sigh)...
And, such a clever idea, thank you for sharing! :]

Julie Clay Illustration said...

This is an excellent little demonstration of screen printing done simply. Your art turned out brilliantly. Thanks for all the info.

chrissy said...

this is SOOO cool. I have been wanting to do screen printing for awhile now too...thanks for the tutorial. You are such a SWEEEEET heart.

Margaret said...

Fabulous!
Margaret xx

Maria said...

Amazing!!!! ;)

Lynette (NZ) said...

Now on my 'to try' list - thanks for the inspiration :-)

ceparie said...

This was a great post. I've never tried silk screen printing and I happen to have all the necessary supplies. I'm gonna try it, it looks like a lot of fun and I see limitless possibilities.

Fran T said...

this is fantastic! Oh my goodness, its like you read my mind. I was just doing a TINY bit of research on simple silkscreening and googling about it on Saturady night. WOW, you've really broken it down wonderfully! Thank you I really must try. THANK YOu!

Cheryl Gebhart said...
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Cheryl Gebhart said...

Love how this turned out. Very cute card and even cuter tag! I had a question that you may have answered at the end of your post. I was wondering how this was different than just using the stencil without the fabric - is it the different texture?

Shari "Rtist" said...

Love this, the one thing I like to do when doing something that needs cleaning right away is I have a platic dish pan next to me filled with water to throw the things in then I can clean when finished and nothing dries.

Kathy McCreedy said...

This is amazing! Again, a process I NEVER would've thought of on my own, and I love it! I wish I had time right now to run up to my studio and give it a go! All my best, Kathy

Kathy McCreedy said...

This is amazing! Again, a process I NEVER would've thought of on my own, and I love it! I wish I had time right now to run up to my studio and give it a go! All my best, Kathy

Jane Farr said...

Wonderful! Thank you, Lori! You're the coolest art teacher ever. :) xo

Becky Shander said...

Wow, what a terrific project...thanks for showing the steps. And your end results are really beautiful.

Faygie Fellig said...

loooove this. you are awesome!

Sophia said...

Oh so clever! I LOVE the gift tag. :)

Ellie said...

WOW, so where is my embroidery hoop??!!

Andria said...

Wow, this came out so cool! Love it! And it's fun to watch you trying something new....I might just experience this one vicariously through you for awhile! :-) The card and tag are really beautiful.

Jennifer DeDonato said...

This turned out great! I think I might need to try this also at some point. Thanks

Shelley Malone said...

Okay, this is the coolest thing EVER.





EVER.

Patty S said...

really great technique!!!!
i love your little masterpieces - you are so very creative!
xo

G.J said...

plastic cards are also used for playing that is a good thing which i cam to know, but i think we just have to use for buisness purposes.
Plastic Business Cards
plastic cards

marie said...

This is very neat! Thanks so much for your "inspiration mondays"...I love them!

Yaseen Abbas said...

Any thing made by hand are of good quality. You made design by hand its has pretty good design.

Scratch Cards

Plastic Card Printing
Plastic Card

Shahrul Niza said...

Hi, Lori :). This is such cool technique, and LOVE the final artwork. I would try this soon, thank you so much for sharing!!!. HUGS.

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