With sharing in mind, we all brought resists that were no deeper than about 1/8" and silk screens. This technique is really a simple process, but there are so many variables to obtain great results. We just wish there were absolute RULES......so we could work off a check list (ha....not that we ever would). Basically we wing it.....if we aren't happy with what got printed.....heck, we can always add surface design or print over it!
I started with some ferns, picked the night before and stored flat in my car outside overnight so they stayed fairly cool. Unfortunately, the rhythm I had developed was absent after such a long time away from this technique. So, starting simple.....ferns were arranged on plastic, surrounded by thin wood button.
My smallish screen was placed over the arrangement.My second layout began with pine needles, a tin metal 'something or other', and corrugated cardboard.
Again, covered with my screen.And my final layout, already covered with a homemade screen.
The next step is to squeegee dye infused print paste through the screen......this is a small piece of Judy's.
After each screen has been covered with colored print paste, they are left to dry.
Next, the fun begins.....starting on the left....the screen is placed over dry fabric that had been soaked in soda ash. This step aides the dye molecules to attach to the fiber. Clear thickened print paste is pressed through the silk screen.....dissolving the dye and allowing it to attach to the prepared fabric below. Each 'pull' yields a different look. Normally 4-5 prints can be achieved from one screen.
Here's my second pull from my first screen......because of space limitations....I rolled each print between black plastic before printing the next one. The bundle will 'batch' for at least 24 hrs.
This was one of Judy's wonderful prints.....I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the color.
I'm anxious to process the fabric in 24 to 48 hrs. because so far, I'm not finding the kind of prints I expected. The ferns, pine and cedar branches don't seem to have printed well. No matter what I get...I know I'll be grinning........ Come back and see won't you??