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Monday, May 11, 2015

screen printing Day 1 with Luann

(Luann Fisher is blogging this week on her experiments with deconstructed screen printing. She blogs at Let's Create Today.)

On my first day, I thickened my dye solution with sodium alginate. I followed the directions that came with the product. I over thickened a couple of them, but was able to add extra water to get them to move a bit. This may have been one of the reasons that some of my dye colors didn’t turn out to be as dark as I had wanted them. I also put fabric into soda ash solution to soak. Some were previously dyed and thoroughly rinsed and washed. But most were new and pfd.

I placed my screens on pieces of insulation board. I put textural items into the thickened dye that was spread onto some of the screens. Other screens I drew on with the thickened dyes.

The screens were left to dry overnight. Fabric was squeezed out and also left to dry overnight.


  1. Your screen look non-traditional. How did you make them or if you bought them, how are they made?

  2. Thanks, Beth--I had the same question.

  3. I made them. Most are made using screen printing fabric I purchased at an art supply shop, mat boards from a chain store, and duct tape from the hardware store. I found that if I made an ample edge around the 'fabric' I could even do them without the mat board. I did make two of the more conventional types, but I really like 'not' having a well to reach over.
    Thank you for the opportunity to share.

  4. You're welcome. Glad to clarify. If you have any questions in the future, don't hesitate to ask.


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