Friday, July 31, 2015
Screen Printing, glue screens
If you've stayed with me during the whole of the month, thank you. I hope that you've found something to inspire you to experiment with. For my last post I am going to look at using glue to create a design for screening. It's basically exactly the same as using soy wax but using cheap glue that is readily available.
The best glue to use is a basic craft glue, the kind that children might use. This is the kind that I used
And this is my selection of tools for making the first screen.
The first thing is to put some glue into the tray. As you can see, you don't need much.
Dip one of your mark making tools into the glue ...
... and then lay it on the bottom of the screen to transfer the glue
Do this printing with several of your tools to make a composition that you are happy with.
Old credit cards can be good mark making tools.
Let the glue dry completely before using the screen to print with.
Dried screen, ready for printing.
Print your fabric as normal using thickened dye. This is the fabric partially printed.
And ready for batching.
After washout. And a reminder that I need to make a stronger solution of charcoal!
One thing that I did discover is that glue screens disintegrate quite quickly. I used the screen to do a second piece of silk and you can see that not much of the design was left.
After washout there really wasn't much there at all.
I had intended to do an interfacing screen with glue but the glue glooped all over the place and so I had to revert to a couple of old screens that I had made while I was in Linda Maynard's class. These were made in the same way as the soy wax ones. Put the glue onto the interfacing in whatever design you like and then, when the glue is dry, give the whole piece of interfacing at least two coats of household emulsion, allowing each coat to dry before painting the next. When everything is dry, wash the interfacing in hot water to remove the glue. It's a good idea to let it soak for about 10 minutes before you start rubbing.
This was made by writing freely on the interfacing with the glue.
And this was just using the glue bottle to take a line for a walk.
The writing has completely disintegrated and so the screen only printed a texture and the more geometric design had also become far less clear than when I first made it.
Not something that cannot be worked on further but a good lesson in how ephemeral the glue screens are compared to those made with soy wax.
Once again, thank you for staying with me. I've had fun doing the posts and it's made me far more aware of the need for taking process photos. I also have a good stash of newly printed fabric to work with. I hope too that I've answered all the questions that came through in the comments. I have appreciated the supportive comments too and, although I haven't answered each one, I can assure you that I have read them. If you have any queries, feel free to email me.