13 March 2008

new exciting things...

...last wednesday in artlab i took part in a screen printing demo. so this week i thought i would use one of my very own screens and try out this new process which magda says would be good for me as i would like to be able to screen print at home. above is the final outcome printed in a kind of olive green colour. the main character is weasel who owns a teashop with wolf. i have drawn the wolf before when i did the three little pigs in first year. he just needs redrawing with this story in mind.


first you get a nice clean screen which will be yellow all over in colour. this area is where the ink will print through so bearing that in mind you draw on the screen with blue watersoluable fluid using a brush where you would like the ink to print through. so as i wanted to print the outlines of my characters, i painted a simple outline of them onto the screen. the photograph above is of the screen drying on my desk in one of the printrooms.

once dry you put your screen onto a screen printing bed. this helps keep it all even while you use a squidgee to cover the screen with red screen filler. the screen filler acts as a barrier as once dry it stops ink going through the screen when you are printing. prior to covering the screen i taped off the excess areas of yellow screen that i didnt paint on as it would have been a waste to cover the whole screen with the screen filler.



once that is dry you can then start washing it using a regular household shower head. you wet the screen and after a while start to rub the screen with a soapy sponge. the blue water soluable stuff comes away during the washing to expose the yellow screen. once it was dry i then taped off the yellow outside border bit and printed it. the result is the very first image of this post.

so there you have it. an explanation of sorts with photos of the new process i learned last week and actually used today. i do not find it easy to explain things but i thought i would give it a go. i feel very excited about being able even more so now than before, of being able to print at home. just need to find me an arm bed thingy for the desk.

this post nearly wasnt to be as blogger decided to act up! i nearly screamed at the computer but i managed to breath and stay calm. it took me over half an hour to write this post and thankfully it is still here.

5 comments:

Catherine said...

Thanks for showing how you screenprint. Its something I'd love to do one day if I ever manage to move somewhere with more space.
I think you should definitely draw more animals :D (hard to be sure without colour...is that a fox in an apron? Looks great!) The bun looks yummy too. I can imagine a whole story about those salt and pepper shakers...

ladysnail said...

hello cat. it is a weasel! i should have said what it is. he works in the cafe with wolf-who i have drawn before but not yet in this story. dx.

Nought Point Two said...

I hope that Mr Weasel makes a better cup of tea than you, or I fear for his Tea Shop! Thank you very much for the Curly wurly. I''ve got a kit to screen print using this method, although i've not had much success.

Craig

Draw-a-rama said...

I remember the wolf, and the pigs/mice! I hope he's got big pointy teeth this new wolf. And a monacle.

Tina said...

I'm planning on using the screen filler method for the first time. The technique you did looks so much faster and easier. Where do you get blue watersoluable fluid from? What brand do you use?