A TECHNIQUE DRIVEN Blog dedicated to mastery of surface design techniques. First we dye, overdye, paint, stitch, resist, tie, fold, silk screen, stamp, thermofax, batik, bejewel, stretch, shrink, sprinkle, Smooch, fuse, slice, dice, AND then we set it on fire using a variety of heat tools.

Monday, May 18, 2015

laying down the prints

Good morning!  Diane back again, this time showing Nancy Warren's deconstructed screen printing. 

Nancy and I were members of a study group which met regularly to experiment with various techniques and projects.  We all were weavers who liked to branch out!  I showed them the video from Kerr Grabowski and we were off and running with breakdown printing.

In this example above, Nancy placed her screen right next to the previous print to cover the cloth completely.  Below is an example of one style of putting the dye on the screen that we called our Jackson Pollack period because we dripped the dye randomly around the screen and let it dry. 

Here's how the screen released - I think she went on to cover another cloth with prints from this screen because the drops were so juicy.

Nancy has had success in entering her work as framed art in several shows.  The photo below shows each print matted separately to emphasize their similarities and the progression of each pull.

Notice the lower one in this photo of Nancy at a gallery opening.  The prints overlap and  screens of different sizes are used to create the image.

Placement of the screen can be planned as you print or you can plunge ahead and consider it a design challenge later.

For basic information on deconstructed screen printing, select that Label on the right or click here. You can also read about the process in the December 2014 posts by Beth and Judy.

Diane - yarngoddess


  1. Great post, Diane! I have struggled with trying to get exact side-by-side placement with screens... any tips you can share about achieving good alignment would be greatly appreciated!

  2. You can also go back to March 2015. The last half of the month were art cloths I made by layering deconstructed screen prints.


  3. Interesting post. I wanted to follow up on your post but somehow the label on the RHS of page has become unlinked.

  4. Judy - thanks! I look through my screen and kind of move it around about an inch above the cloth. Usually I can see the previous print edge and line it up that way. One idea might be to have strips of news paper handy to put on the vertical and horizontal of the last print (not covering where you want to go but indicating the edges). Does that make sense? Otherwise, just go with it and accept that overlapping creates a bit of serendipity and that perfection in DSP is a lost cause. LOL Keep on printing.

  5. Irene,
    I don't know what you mean - I'm not proficient on blogger. I defer to the professionals...

  6. I used to like this blog more when the processes were actually explained in more detail. Doesn't seem to happen anymore.

  7. Laura,
    I hope you'll keep visiting especially on the 27th of May when the preparation and process of deconstructed screen printing will be summarized. There is so much to explain - nuts and bolts - I was hoping to draw readers in to the thrill of it first. You can always check out the DVD by Kerr Grabowski - the most prolific printer I know.
    Thanks for your direct comment. Of course you know that this blog has a number of artists contributing - each in their style.

  8. Diane,
    Thanks for the pictures of Nancy's work. I know we all enjoy reading about how each person does the process, but sometimes it seems to be duplication. Hard to find that middle ground. But I think you're putting up a fine batch of posts.

  9. It is great to see completed and framed pieces, a nice piece of cloth becomes art once properly displayed. This will encourage more of us to get our samples out of the drawer and onto the wall. Thanks

  10. I think it's easy to forget that the presentation of the work, the framing, is part of the process and it often doesn't get a lot of focus. Thanks Diane for including this part of the process.

  11. Great post and how good to see the work actually being displayed so well.


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