It’s hard to believe but we are coming to the end of 2016. I hope you all had a great year. We had a great bunch of online classes this year and we have a tentative schedule for 2017. The first class available is my Experimental Screen Printing class. It will begin January 6, 2016 and is $45. For more information and to sign up for the class, click here.
These are a few journals that I created with screen printed felt. You can also check out what some of my students created in the last screen printing class. You can also use these screen printing techniques to decorate your own silk fabric for nuno felting.
There will also be a Felting Fantasy Fish course with Galina Titova in January but we already have more than 20 students on the waiting list for this course. If there are any open registrations available once the waiting list has a chance to register, I will open the class for other students to register. Galina plans on having two more sessions in 2017, one in March and one in September. If you’re interested in a future class, please fill out our contact us form with the class name and month in the comments box. Take a look at the fantastic fish created by students in her first class.
Teri Berry will be repeating her Concertina Hat class in 2017 in early spring, most likely April. If you’re interested in taking her hat class, please fill out our contact us form with the class name in the comments box. You can see some wonderful hats created by her students here. Teri just completed another hat class so the student page will be updated soon with new student hats. Teri is also creating a new course in felted bags. Watch this space for more details. She hopes to offer the class in February or March.
My local group met last week and we did more deconstructed screen printing. We all enjoy this process so we usually end up at least one of our sessions per year doing screen printing. I did write a post to show the screens before they were printed here. We used thickened fiber reactive dyes that print on cotton and silk.
We were a small group this time so we got lots of prints. I don’t have any photos of Louise’s silk but I will try to get some photos at our next meeting. I printed on cotton and paper. I have a large stash of printed fabric and paper and I just keep adding to it. So before you ask, I don’t know what I will do with these yet.
The photos above (plus the first photo) are all printed on cotton. All of the screens already had dried dye in them and then we added further colors when printing. I tried some different techniques including brushing on the thickened dye with a dry brush and adding two layers of dye and letting them dry in between applications.
These are all printed on paper. I just love the random, serendipitous prints that you get from this process. You are never sure how they will turn out but I generally end up liking them all.
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.
As I announced last month, I am teaching an online class Experimental Screen Printing on Felt beginning January 22nd. You can sign up for the class here. But I am also giving away a free spot in the class for one lucky winner!
To enter the give away for a free class spot leave a comment below. You can get additional entries by sharing this post on social media. Just share on Facebook, your own blog, Twitter, Instagram or wherever you like to socialize online. Then come back here and leave another comment about where you shared the post. You will get one extra entry for every different place you share the give away post. For those of you that have signed up already, if you win, I will refund your payment for the class so just jump right in and try to win. So spread the word and you get more entries! The winner will be announced here on January 14th – post your comment and shares by January 13th on this post only to enter.
I thought you might also like to see what I have made from some of my screen printed felt samples. I made eight different notebooks.
These are all of the different journals. The left column is the front and the right column is the back. But the nice thing about these journals is that you can use either side for front or back. All of the covers are made from felt that has been silk screened with a variety of different methods. You can learn all these methods by taking the online course.
If you are interested in purchasing any of these journals from me, they are $45 US each. You can e-mail me at laneruthe at gmail.com. I can invoice you by Paypal or if you’re in the US, you can call and order one by phone from The Purple Pomegranate on our toll free number 1-866-406-7227.
Here is what the inside of all the notebooks look like. The books inside are blank sketchbooks. The size of the notebook is approximately 6″ x 9″.
Remember to comment on this post to win a free class spot and share it for additional entries. Good Luck!
I am excited to announce that the second module of Embellishing Felt with Surface Design Techniques – A Mixed Media Approach is scheduled for January 22, 2015. The second module is Experimental Screen Printing.
All of the felt in the photo above is a screen printed sample that I made during my preparations for the class. In this class you will learn how to make your own screen and print board, learn how to thicken dye and steam the felt after screen printing and numerous screen printing techniques. For more information about the class and to sign up, please see the class information page.
I love to experiment with different techniques and I will show you how to screen print but also encourage you to experiment with combining various techniques. You will learn how to create printed felt or silk that is uniquely your own. I will show you how screen printing is easy to do and how you can use items from around the house to create wonderful printed surfaces.
Remember, the course will begin on Friday, January 22, 2016. There will be four weeks of course material and then an extra 2 weeks to access all the course materials and videos. I will be available throughout the full six weeks to answer questions and provide tutor support. The cost of the course is $45 US.
If you have someone who still is looking for a good idea for a Christmas present for you, wouldn’t this make a nice present? Just have them put your relevant information in the contact form and I will bill them for your class and send you an e-mail notifying you of the gift.
I would appreciate it if you would share this on social media to spread the word. Thanks!
My local surface design group met this past Friday and we made EZ Screens for screen printing. My friend Bunny has a Yudu that is used to “burn” the screens and we purchased the EZ Screen HiDef Refills here. The process is really simple but it takes a good black and white design to work the best. You don’t need a Yudu to make these screens as you can just use sunlight to “burn” the screen.
I started with two photos, one which was much better than the other in terms of contrast. The leaf photo works much better than the frost photo with the finished screen as you’ll see below when I print with the screens.
As you can see, when I converted these to black and white, the frost photo has a lot of gray included which doesn’t work well with the EZ Screens. I used a really good tutorial on converting photos in Photoshop Elements for use in Thermofax screens (similar to EZ Screens) which you can find on Lyric Kinard’s site.
The next step is to print these photos on to transparencies and then put them in the Yudu to “burn” the screen. It takes 5 minutes and then you rinse the screen in warm water. The part of the screen that was covered by the black on the transparency doesn’t get light on it and therefore, that part washes out. Then the screen needs to dry completely for 24 hours before using it.
The screens look like this when they are finished. I usually add duct tape around the edges to give more space around the design and to create a well to put thickened dye or screen printing ink. But I was being lazy and in a hurry so I skipped that step.
I used screen printing ink and a credit card to pull the ink through the screen. I printed on previously painted sketch book paper. This is the frost print above. I was a bit disappointed with this screen. It should be OK for adding texture to the background but overall not very impressive. You can use these types of screens to print on any kind of fabric including felt.
But the leaf screen worked great. I used a mixture of three colors of screen printing ink. The first pull on the top right shows how the colors work with the first pull and haven’t mixed together too much. The next pull was on the bottom left photo and it still has a little bit of different colors showing. The last pull on the bottom right is on a piece of paper that I already had screen printed with a shredded paper mask and it is pretty much all the same color in the screen printing ink. But I really like this screen and how it prints.
Have you screen printed before? Would you like to learn how? I am working on the finishing touches of my online Experimental Screen Printing Course and it will be ready to go in early 2016. I will be teaching all kinds of methods of screen printing on felt but you can also use these techniques on any kind of fabric or paper. I will be announcing the dates of the screen printing course in early January and I hope you’ll join me. It’s messy, but loads of fun!