Today I did some printing with the screen I made last week. I started by creating a simple black print repeating the design.
This one was on white card. Parts of it was a bit more messy than I had hoped but this is a really simple and easy way to get a detailed design as a print.
I also did the design in black on fabric which I really liked the effect of.
After leaving this to dry for a while I came back to add some coloured layers to my work. I created a pink ink and printed on top of the fabric piece I had done to give a layered effect. I was happy with how this turned out I really liked the effect of layering different colours, to add dimension and detail.
I then did another layered piece on fabric this time being a bit more messy. I did a few laters using the remaining ink on the screen to give the faded effect. I also mixed together a couple of different shades of ink which I think worked well. As I have experimented with throughout my project I really like the effect of layering text.
I think through more practise the technique of screen printing got easier with better results. Therefore I will continue to experiment with this using different techniques as this is something I want to refine before I use it in my final piece.
Today we were given a demonstration on screen printing.
We used cavas frames, screen mesh, duct tape, screen filler and screen drawing fluid to create the screens.
First we stapled the screen mesh to the frame ensuring that there was a lot of tension. Then we sealed this using duct tape.
We then drew on the screen drawing fluid using a paint brush for the design we wanted, letting it to dry after.
Once it was dry we covered the screen with screen filler using only a small amount and a card to spread it out. Once this was dry we washed away the blue screen drawing fluid leaving the design on the screen.
The screens are now ready to be used for printing which we are going to do next week.
I found this extremely useful as it is a technique I have already researched into to use in my final piece. However using these chemicals are a cheaper alternative than using the photo synthesiser I have seen which is something I will think about. It was also a good way for my to practise the screen production before I go into doing it for the final outcome.
Today I have been trying to work towards coming up with ideas for my final piece. I know I want my final piece to encompass some sort of abstract pattern creating through the technique of writing and layering as I have experimented with throughout my project, but I wasn’t sure of what I wanted this pattern to be on or how I wanted to present this as a final outcome. I went to Pinterest for inspiration and found some piece that interested me.
I really liked this style of hanging a number of pieces of fabric in this way. I think it is simple but really effective. I also think that doing this shows how beautiful each piece of fabric is but also as a whole all pieces together work really nicely as a final outcome. This inspired me to think that a good way to present my patterns is on fabric hanging in this way. I think this would really tie in with my project well as I have looked at a range of textiles artists but I also like how hanging in this way gives more of a 3D feel to the work rather than it being flat against the surface.
I then began looking into ways I could create some textiles pieces like this and I thought screen printing would be the best way to get an accurate and detailed pattern. So I researched more into screen printing processes and how I could do this from home as we don’t have the facilities for it at college and doing it at home would enable me to spend more time on it.
I found a video on YouTube where a girl spoke about how to do screen printing from home including creating the screen. This was really useful as she explained it in a really simple way at the same time as demonstrating how it’s done. This helped me to realise that it’s something that I could realistically do myself.
She also attached a PDF document to the video explaining in even more detail how to do it with diagrams and including lists of what equipment and products are needed.
I found this research really helpful to give me more of a clear idea of what I will be working towards. I am going to start experimenting with print processes and eventually move onto screen printing for my final piece.