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.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Low Relief Screen Printing
Here is the process that we started with. First we had a padded surface which we covered with plastic. I added another layer of cloth just to act as a drop cloth. Next we put down the low relief items we wanted to print THEN we put the cloth we wanted to screen OVER them. Last comes the screen laid directly on the fabric( over the stuff, over the drop cloth, over the plastic, over the padded surface.) Got that? Then you screen the fabric paint pressing hard with your squeegee. Here are my results.
At this point we stopped because we were not getting the prints we expected. I went back and re-read the directions and decided we were missing a stage. I tried again the next day and here are the results.
This one is the shadow print. This time I placed the screen from the direct print onto a new piece of fabric. There was still paint on the screen. There was nothing between the screen and the new piece of fabric. I squeegeed the screen with a clear textile medium and the paint left on the screen where the fern was printed on the fabric. You can see it best on the top left. It would have shown up better if I had been careful about the wrinkles and had used a darker color on the direct print. This is like the image we saw posted on the link.
Now here is what I learned. Both those techniques are interesting. The first technique is really easy. I might try that again. The second technique which is really the low relief screen printing method (I think) is very nice but is a lot of work. The direct print requires a dark paint. The shadow print requires you to remove any extra paint from the well of the screen so that you can screen with the clear textile medium. And you need to do it quickly so the thin layer of paint on the screen does not dry on your screen and ruin it. THEN you need remove the clean medium so that won't dilute the paint for your next direct print. I think I can get the same results from a monoprint without having to worry about ruining my screen or having to keep cleaning it.
My two cents. I would love to hear if you have tried the technique