First Screen Printing on Felt Class Completed

The first online class of Experimental Screen Printing on Felt just finished up and I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the creations of the great group of students that participated. I have also included their feedback and testimonials about the course. I am planning another session of this class in the fall if you missed it and you’d like to take the class.

This first set of work is by Teri and she posted quite a bit more over on her blog if you want to check out more of her screen printing. This is what Teri had to say about the class:

Two methods really stood out (and were new) for me:
– the deconstructed screen printing, I can see myself doing a LOT of this in various guises (mixed with some of the other techniques) and probably isn’t something I would have stumbled across on my own
– the vinyl resists, this is a great technique for making more permanent screens and I love the positive and negative option this method offers

The videos were a great addition although I found them a bit long (finding 2 hours to watch videos on top of making the screens and printing was pretty tough some weeks), is it possible to edit them down? That might also help with some of the download problems too?

The PDFs were great, I am sure I will be referring to those again and again, and the discussions on the boards was really helpful too, especially when other students shared what they had been doing.

Thank you Ruth, I have had an absolute ball with this class and I have a huge pile of printed felt to show for it! Now I just need to find some uses for it all….

These next two pieces are deconstructed screen printing by Selma. Selma said:

I was behind in gathering all the right equipment in a new country and with a lack of space things didn’t really go smoothly for me. I liked the course as It gave us the basics and opened the door to many possibilities that screen printing has to offer. Now when I feel more comfortable with the whole process I will enjoy experimenting further. The videos are very clear and thorough but I had problems with loading some of the videos which definitely slowed me down as well. I couldn’t go back back and forth when needed and just wanted to see certain part of video so I printed all the PDF instructions and have them on hand while working. It was nice to see other people’s work and experience on the boards. Ruth was always very helpful and quick in her responses.

Cheryl created the screen prints above. Here’s what Cheryl had to say about the course:

Having online classes absolutely fills a learning gap for me. I live in a rural area and can not afford nor have the time to travel to locations to take these classes (although some of the classes I’ve seen offered in the UK or Australia might be wonderful to attend in combination with other travel).

Before seeing this class offering I had actually already read another book about screen printing! I am a visual learner so having the videos is good for me even though I ended up going to the library to view them. After seeing the videos having the pdfs to use is invaluable, trying to use the pdfs without having viewed the videos would not work for me.

I will continue to screen print, I will need to figure out how to incorporate it with what I’m doing now and experiment with other fiber techniques. I like the freezer paper resists and using the shredded paper and oatmeal resist the best. I have the painted interface ready to use and have the vinyl fuse for resists to use.

I hope to be on your email list for future classes.

The work above is by Tonya. She over-dyed a couple of the pieces which you can see on the top right. She also even screen printed a 3D vessel! We discussed some options on how to keep the print more visible on the finished vessel and she is going to explore this area further.

And last but not least, Sam created the screen prints above. She did a double layer of printing to get the tree scene with moon.

It was a great class and I really enjoyed teaching it. You don’t get to see everyone’s work in an online class because some people don’t participate in the sharing and discussion but the work I did get to see was awesome. I just love the different effects that you can get with these techniques. Thanks to the students that did participate and I look forward to the next class. I hope you’ll join me in the fall.

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12 Responses to First Screen Printing on Felt Class Completed

  1. brymare says:

    Such fun.

    Sent from my iPad

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  2. Flextiles says:

    Looks like a really innovative course – with some great results! Does the print medium affect the texture of the felt at all, or does it just soak in?

    • ruthlane says:

      Thanks Kim – we did lots of experimenting and the students did a great job. If you use sodium alginate, it does not leave any feel at all, it’s just like dyeing although you lose a bit more color due to the sodium alginate washing out.

  3. Lyn says:

    Fabulous results!

  4. Looks great Ruth. I will have to try and have time to join in the fall.

  5. Teri Berry says:

    Thank for running this class Ruth, screen printing had been on my wish list for a long time and this was just what I needed to get started, it was great fun and comes highly recommended!

    • ruthlane says:

      Thanks Teri – you got a great start on screen printing. I look forward to seeing what else you will create with these techniques.

  6. Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

    Nice results and it looks like everyone learned a lot and had fun!

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