Friday, 22 October 2010

Experiment - screen printing

Play time.  You will need:

A well worn screen - just in case

Indian printing blocks

Yep, got all those to hand

So, now to try screen printing using neocolour crayons.

I took rubbings direct onto the screen using printing
blocks and crayons.   Then loaded screen with Golden
Medium to print onto cotton.   A pretty good print.

Result, after stitching.

Conclusion - Worked well, although colours
were not as expected - darker.  The
cloth has a slightly plastic feel.  Not sure I
like this.  I tried hand stitching in places.
A bit difficult to say the least.  Machine
stitching, yes, but no room for mistakes.
Needles leave holes that can't be removed.
Some machine embroidery threads seemed
to shred and break.

Well, checked that technique out.  Will I
do more?  The jury is still out.  Sample to 
be filed for future reference.


Sue said...

I wonder if there's an alternative medium which would give a more natural handle on the fsbric? Cos the print is good in itself. Bravo on the experimentation.

Tiggy Rawling said...

I think you could possibly water down the medium, but that's for another play day. I liked the result - quick and easy. At the moment I feel it is too 'stiff', not user friendly. Interesting experiment though, and good to just play.

Rayna said...

Tiggy and Sue - medium is plastic; instead, use the transparent base extender for textile paints. It does not really change the hand of the fabric, since it is what you add pigment to when you want to mix your own textile paints. I don't know if you can get Speedball brand there, but they make it - as do other manufacturers. Google it and see what you find.

Tiggy Rawling said...

Thanks for the advice. I have Liquitex matt medium which I use for lamination. I'll give that a go.