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Day Four of the Screen Printing Intensive

Today, instead of doing devore, I opted for deconstructed screen printing. I have found  a new love. This is right down my alley and so addictive.

Here are some photos of work from today. I steamed and washed the work that I discharged yesterday

This piece is better than I had imagined. I am loving all the layers that I have produced.

Today, I brought in two silk scarves which I had dyed some time ago. They were a very rich reddish orange. I felt that they needed some additional design elements. I cut out circles from freezer paper in various sizes and ironed them to a screen. I then discharged the scarves. Here are the final results after steaming and washing.

The first step of creating a screen for deconstructed printing is painting the bottom of the screen with plain dye, mixed with water — no soda ash or paste.

I decided to use the freezer paper moon screen one more time. You can see both sides of the dye painted screen.

Here is my first, not so successful, print. I discovered, too late, that you need to paint some print paste on the screen and let it sit for a few minutes to soften the dye. This is a print on silk organza. There is some very salvagable fabric here.

Here are the deconstructed moons, printed on some hand-dyed fabric.

That is all I have photos of tonight. I just slept through most of a movie so I am going to toddle off to bed.

10 Responses to “Day Four of the Screen Printing Intensive”

  1. Helen Conway says:

    Kristen not Kirsten … one of those two girls needs to change their name!!

  2. Helen Conway says:

    I love that you are having a good time but the bad devil sitting on my shoulder insists that I tease you a little. I have just had Kirsten send me some links to her blog in 2007 in responss to my musings on City and guilds. This was back when she was considering it and wondering if she realy needed a class. Your comment was:
    “I have taken too many classes, I think. I do it for the commaraderie. I am going to TRY to stop taking classes and do the work.”
    (Guess you gave up on that then?!!)
    PS Classes are GOOD in my book.

  3. Kathie says:

    Oh Gerrie, the scarves and everything else too is so beautiful! Aren’t you pleased? What fun!!

  4. Judy says:

    Great work! Love that orange-circle scarf! Save some space in that brain of yours for next week! LOL


  5. liz hinze says:

    Very Very cool I love the way this group looks. Liz

  6. Jeannie says:

    Wonderful! I am so glad you are having so much fun! Cheers.

  7. Diane says:

    Your pieces look wonderful and I’m glad you’re having such a good time!

  8. Terri says:

    All of these pieces are so fun and lively. You always seem to be creating the most interesting fabrics.

  9. dee says:

    Oh what wonderful circles. The orange in particular. Get some rest!

  10. Kristin L says:

    Love, love, love the scarves!