Saturday, September 26, 2009

Screen printing their drawings.


Inspired by Jodie's Gocco demonstration at craft night last night,

and by the great drawings the girls have been doing lately,


I decided it was time to get the screen printing gear out.

First they did some drawings.

Not being able to find a scalpel anywhere I had to make do with a Stanley knife.

It took me a while to remember the whole negative/positive space thing and how to cut them out. If I had remembered earlier I never would have agreed to cutting out all those dots!

And then it was time to squeegee.


And squeegee.

And squeegee.

A sore wrist from cutting acetate with a Stanley knife had me digging around the house searching for some Contact.

The second round of cutting with a Stanley knife on Contact was much easier on the wrist and much better for sticking back in all those internal positive spaces.


We're not thrilled with the owl prints and are planning an early morning trip into town to buy some Contact from this century that still has it's stick.

I found working out all the processes and keeping the girl's involved difficult at times, but I am really excited to have another go at it tomorrow now we know what we are doing.

Have a great weekend and keep warm where ever you are. It's going to be 9-degrees here for the next two days.

19 comments:

  1. I love this so much! What a great idea! I love the owl print!

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  2. So very very sweet...What a great project for you and the kiddos to share..

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  3. Amazing Kate! great work, I love the drawings.

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  4. They look really fabulous! That's a lovely project.

    (I have only tried freezer paper for fabric prints - the cutting is much easier on the wrists!)

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  5. oooh, Now I am going to want a demo on that !!!

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  6. ohh, now i want to try it aswell! your girls would be so proud of their screenprints ♥

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  7. What fantastic drawings your girls are doing. I love the girl on the tshirt, how great does that look. I am sure it is worth all the effort. Yes we are too are supposed to have 15 degrees today but it isnt that cold yet. Maybe this afternoon when the long awaited thunderstorm comes it will become colder, perfect day for sitting on the couch to knit.

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  8. Now they are just adorable. You wouldn't be interested in writing a little 'how to' by any chance?

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  9. How fantastic! They turned out so well.

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  10. How fantastic! They turned out so well.

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  11. Fantastic!! Love to know how to do?? Thank of all the things you could print....! xox

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  12. I love the owl print - especially the last pic - it looked liked he was trying to say something!

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  13. Ok, I figured it out... the owl is saying.....
    "Hoot goes there?"

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  14. wow... awesome screen printing. I would love to re-learn screeni printing and get my hands on some of the tools. Love this post!!

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  15. I love screen printing too... so much fun. What wonderful and enchanting drawings your children have done... certainly worth going to all the effort to transfer them to another medium.

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  16. Wow! How fun. And what a great way to preserve their drawing style from childhood. I just love these. Would you mind hiring yourself out for the day and making us a nice set : )??!!

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  17. What a great thing to do with your kids! Screen printing is so much fun!

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  18. Have you bought yourself a proper scalpel yet? I think I have a spare somewhere.

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