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Monday, October 16, 2006

Duh...

Everyone makes silly mistakes, and I am not immune by any manner of means. So, yesterday, when I went upstairs to get some printing inks, I seized on the bottle of green on the floor beside the box where the oil paints are kept. I remembered putting it there when I bought it, along with some oils, in a sale, and thought I'd put it away 'later'. Anyway, downstairs we go, and do some screen printing.

Now, I've never felt 100% confident about my screen printing abilities. But yesterday's lot was really Not Very Good, and I couldn't understand it. The green was really hard to pull through the screen, and all in all, the marks were, well, okay, but not great. Eventually, though, I got a couple of prints I wasn't too unhappy with, though they were far from perfect, so I cleaned up the screen etc and left them to dry.

This morning, still shaking my head over how difficult the work had been yesterday, I picked up the bottle of green. And read the label. Acrylic Paint, it said. Ahem. So I looked out the bottle of green ink which I bought on Friday, and played with that...and the results were a little bit better. Did I feel silly? Ohhhhhhh yesssssssss!! But hey...

The first print is the acrylic print, on vintage linen, the second, the ink, on cotton. See what you think. Myself, I think it's fun...but I'll thicken up some dye tomorrow, and do some more. Much easier to work with...

5 comments:

DubiQuilts said...

Your screenprinted fabric looks great to me. I have never dyed or painted a piece of fabric that I did not love. I have a screenprinting kit and look forward to using it next summer.

June Underwood said...

I myself like the acrylic on the linen, although I can't tell if it's the wrenched acrylic (I almost said "wretched") or the linen that gives the effect that I'm admiring. I have never had much fun screen printing -- I think it's my love of working big. But maybe now I'll have to try again. June

Say said...

I've played with acrylic when screenprinting - it can work very well, particularly if you want silver or gold accents. You should just call it a happy surprise. :)

Sassenach said...

I like the patterns.

I'm curious, though -- why printing on vintage linen? Does it affect the look?

The Idaho Beauty said...

I like these as well - the lines are very pleasing. Well, you already know I'm a sucker for gently undulating curves...