- My directions for print paste:
- In a kitchen blender that you use ONLY for your art materials mix 2 tablespoons of THICK SH with one quart of cool/coldwater. I use no other chemicals just water. Blend on high speed.
- Look for a used blender at Goodwill or any second hand shop. You’ll thank me. Trust me when I tell you this is the BEST way to mix it
- Second best way is with a kitchen whisk.
- It takes about a half hour for the print paste to “set-up”. The print paste after a half hour "rest" before using should be as thick as honey
- Print paste will last over 6 months in the refrigerator. When it "goes bad" it smells like rotten sea weed or urine. ALSO thickened dye without soda ash will last a LONG time. I've used mine months later. Keep refrigerated.
1. You will use it to make your thickened dye to apply to the screen WITHOUT soda ash
2. You will use it to wet and dissolve the dried thickened dye from the screens onto your fabric with soda ash.
Setting up/Constructing your screens
It was a padded ironing board on one side and a cutting mat on the other. Very convenient.
I slip it inside a bin bag and presto, it becomes a padded surface for prepping my screens
Place somewhat flat objects between the drop cloth and the face (bottom) of the screen. You will be looking at the inside of the screen. Suggestions are wrinkled plastic sheeting, vegetable bags, stings or yarns, flowers, leaves, grasses. You want the objects relatively flat. This string turned out to be too hard and made blobs of dye on the screen. I was supposed to place a piece of soda soaked cotton on top of the plastic bin bag to catch dye. I remembered on screen #2.
Screen holding objects in place before first pull with dye
Place one, two or three colors in the well of your screen and pull the dye over the screen. When you feel you have the screen covered well with dye do a very firm pull leaving an even but NOT THICK layer of dye on the screen. First pull with these two colors. All I had in the refrigerator was a drop of orange, a drop of red, some yellow and some dark navy. Thought I'd use these up before making more.
Marks made by dimensional objects
Lift screen off surface and remove any objects that are stuck to the screen.
As you can see I forgot to put down a piece of pre-treated fabric to catch the dye. I did add the cloth for the second to sixth screens.
The sun was a bit bright but you CAN see the variations in the amount of dye on the screen created by the objects.
Orange and blue #1 and #2 have big blobs
I removed the string because it was catching and holding too much dye. Screen below is my fave so far
You can really see the dimensionality of the dye on these two screens
"Printing" on the catch cloth, blotting the vegetable bag
I have now finished wiping all the utensils I used on the cloth as well as wiping up all spills. The clean up cloth usually turns out great. Below it is folded and in a bag for batching.
Tomorrow and Wednesday I will have be showing two ways of making your own silk screens.
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