Wordless Wednesday 24.02.16

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Silkscreens and Thistles

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You might have noticed that I’m trying to do a blog post on each of my items or series of items, to showcase their story and the process that goes into designing and crafting them.

Today I’m focusing on the Screenprinted Linen Pouches.  There have been a few variations, this being what is currently available, and my favourite!

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There are two images on these pouches: Queen Anne’s Lace and Thistles, both plants found in the countryside of southern Ontario.  These are plants that I sketched on-site, on a beautiful sunny summer’s day (it really was that gorgeous of a day!).

Then I transferred my sketches to my silkscreen.  I do this freehand, with a tracing technique, as opposed to photo based screenprinting.  The result is that nothing in this process ever goes through a computer, it’s all analog.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

After printing the fabric, linen of course, it’s heat-set and pre-washed.  Then I cut the patterns and sew it into the lovely little pouches pictured!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter the zipper embellishments are added (hemp cord and wood beads) they’re ready for sale.  The idea behind these little gems is to capture a moment and carry it with you, whether it’s a road trip, a special gift to a friend or that amazing sunny summer’s day.  As always with Sprouts Press items: functional and beautiful!

To view all my screenprinted fabric items, go here.

 

Wordless Wednesday 18.03.15

Day 162/365

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The Studio On a Sunday

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Today’s post is all about some screenprinting I did a couple of days ago!  I did 115 prints for the Wayzgoose Anthology.  If you’re in southern Ontario and into printmaking, book arts, and the like, then you should check out the Wayzgoose Book Arts Fair in Grimsby at the end of April!

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I always mix my own colours because I enjoy it, and it gets me the exact colour I want.

photo 2 Just a sneak peek at a corner of my print.  And also the wonderful zebra print duct tape I usually use.  (It gets the job done and puts a smile on my face!)

I’ve been practicing calligraphy on a fairly regular basis.  So when it came time to come up with a design for my print, I naturally turned to ink, but this time to brush and ink rather than my calligraphy pen.  I decided to draw my design right on my screen rather than use photo-based techniques.
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This is my small, portable setup to screenprint.  It works really well and stores away neatly in a minimal space.

If you’ve ever wanted to try screenprinting you should!  It’s fun and not too invasive, take a workshop or a class if you really want guidance on how to get started.