Sunday, April 24, 2016

Screen Printed Textiles

I have been overwhelmed, frustrated, and thrilled all at the same time recently. It's been crazy busy around here and I feel like I am hitting brick walls when it comes to trying to meet my own personal deadlines. I'm happy to say that those walls are crumbling down and I'm getting closer. Closer to what, you ask?  Getting my hand printed fabrics ready and listed in my Etsy shop. In fact, I'm hoping to get the first bundles listed by this coming Friday?  The key word there is "hoping". 

I am loving learning all about the screen printing process. There are so many steps to try and become skilled at within the process, and some of those steps have been very challenging. Early on when I decided to pursue this idea of creating my own line of printed fabrics, I was planning to use my Thermofax screens exclusively. Well it didn't take me very long to figure out that the scale I really wanted to do things in was not ideal for Thermofax screens. So I proceeded to learn how to print textiles with a typical screen printing process. One where you create your design on the screen with the photo emulsion process. While I have gotten better with the skills and am able to produce some usable homemade screens, I have also purchased some screens from an online source where they will prepare the screens with my image.

The photos in this post show a bit of what I've been doing for the past few weeks. It's been an exciting new journey for me and I can't wait to become even more skilled with the techniques of screen printing. It seems that every day brings new challenges that I need to figure out and hopefully master.