Deconstructed Screen Printing

This is a guest post by Deb Stika, thanks Deb!

Hi, my name is Deb Stika and I’m a member of Ruth Lane’s art group. Our group meets monthly and once annually for a 2 day retreat on Bitteroot Lake in Montana. In preparation for doing deconstructed silk screening at the retreat, Ruth asked me to describe the process. We took a few photos to help you visualize what we are doing.

We set our stuff up on Ruth’s back deck so we would have plenty of room to spread out. We mixed the print paste in Ruth’s old blender.

Here’s Ruth mixing dye powder into the print paste, making sure there are no lumps! Since we have a bunch of screens, we mixed a variety of colors.

I’ve decided to use this Styrofoam packing material for my first patterned screen. (Ignore the purple color, that’s leftover paint from Ruth using it for printing on another project.) Our first deconstructed screen is orange. And a second bigger screen is created using the same packing material. We simply used the leftover print paste on the packing material and pressed it against’ the screen.

Here I am contemplating using misc. stencils on this bigger screen.

Other good textures: rubber bands, toothpicks, string, etc.

Drying screens.

Here are some of our dried screens ready for deconstructed silk

Our first pull using the string screen. And the reveal!

Another pull using the rubber band screen. And the reveal!

More reveals!

Thanks Deb for showing everyone the deconstructed screen printing process. We use these printed fabrics for backgrounds in our various fiber art. Screen printing is a fun process, give it a try. 

And to announce the winner of the drawing for First Time Felting, drum roll please…

The winner is Anna Ashton! Congratulations Anna, I will contact you to get your address so the publisher can send you your free copy of the book.



About ruthlane

When I discovered felting in 2007, I finally found the creative outlet for which I had been searching. I love that the versatility of fiber allows me to “play” with a wide variety of materials including wool, silk, fabrics, yarns and threads. Creating one of a kind fiber art pieces to share with the world fulfills my creative passion.
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6 Responses to Deconstructed Screen Printing

  1. annielynrosie says:

    What a fascinating process. It must be exciting to see what you get every time. Thank you for sharing with us Deb – the photos are great.

  2. ruthlane says:

    Thanks for a great post Deb! This is my favorite type of screen printing because you never know what the results are going to be 🙂 Always fun experimenting with new textures.

  3. Antje says:

    I wish I had been there to learn & experiment. It looks fun & exciting waiting for the results.

  4. Mary Stori says:

    Well done everyone……deconstructed screen printing is one of my favorite techniques. Surprise results keep me coming back for more.

  5. Great process Deb and so many creative ideas to use! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Tesi Vaara says:

    This looks like great fun! It’s on my list of things I want to do!

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