Archive | September 2011

Day 20 – Wrapping up loose ends

Today was the bursary application due date. Godspeed little applications! I sure could use the money!

This morning I wasn’t really in a screen printing frame of mind because I was sad about my little man having to go for the weekend. I did bounce back a bit with a little retail therapy…uh…school shopping. So I got back on the printing roll this afternoon. I even made myself a t-shirt, which I am still proudly wearing 😀

This is me, proudly modelling my creation:

I’m seriously contemplating buying some t-shirts, printing this screen and selling it. I already have one friend who wants one. I can see this going over well with the knitting community 😉

We didn’t do a whole lot of anything new today. Gunnel showed us how to reclaim our screens. That means removing the emulsion. It was crazy how quickly it dissolved!

This is Gunnel’s last day for a couple of weeks. She was an absolutely wonderful instructor and I can’t wait until she comes back! She has been quite an inspiration to me. When she told us how she got started, that really gave me hope that I can actually pull this thing off. Thank you Gunnel!

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Day 19 – Photo Emulsion Screens

Today was really interesting! Finally, an area where I can show my sense of humor without having to draw!

We made screens today with photo emulsion. This burns an image in the screen and you can print with it indefinitely. The wonderful thing about it is that you can have finer lines. You can also use images that you create in programs such as Photoshop. The possibilities are endless! Here are a couple of drafts I did up:

This is the screen I ended up doing:

And this is the final result!:

I’m so excited about how this turned out! I’m still a little shocked that I was able to actually get something from my brain to a piece of fabric that turned out EXACTLY how I had it pictured! Yay me! 😀

Day 18 – Screen Printing

My day started off wonderful and it just snowballed from there! Little man was extra snuggly this morning! I love his snuggles! He went to daycare with no problems at all. He has adjusted really well.

Then when I pulled into the school parking lot, I saw one of my Earth Angels! I hadn’t seen her in a few months. She used to run a mom’s group that I participated in, but she ended up moving to another employer. I miss her so much! When you get right down to it, if it wasn’t for meeting her, I probably wouldn’t be taking this course. Going to the mom’s group got me hooked up with Sew Resourceful. Because of going to Sew Resourceful and a seed planted by the instructor at the time (Darby, you really do rock!), I decided to follow my passion and go to school! Aside from that, she was a shoulder to cry on. She would point me to resources. You name it. I’m so glad that I got to see her, even if it was only for a couple of minutes 🙂

We did silk screening today using paper stencils. You draw out a picture and then cut it out with an Exacto knife. You place it on top of a piece of fabric, then put down the screen. Then add pigment to the screen, scrape it across and back with a squeegee and that’s it! After your print is dry, you need to heat set it with the iron.


This my screen and squeegee


The left part of this print (with all the little designs) contains contributions from the whole class. The flowers are ones that I did on my own


My second print… Just for my friend Cass

The second print I traced the dog. Drawing is not my forte, so I have to be extra creative!

Tomorrow we are doing photo emulsions. I believe it is where an image is burned into the screen so that you can use it over and over. The problem with the paper stencils is that they can only be used once. You put all that work into cutting it out for a one-time only shot.

I’m not too sure what I’m going to use for my photo emulsion screen. I’m so tired right now that I can’t really focus much more on school. I may have a nap after I put little man down to recharge. I’m feeling a lot better than last week, but I don’t think I’m 100% yet. I’ll get this done, just like I manage to pull everything else off 🙂

Day 17 – New print on the block

Today we learned about block printing and how to do it. Talk about fun! And challenging. Ah, the inner perfectionist has been appeased once again (not as much as with the weaving and spinning, but she is content!). It is absolutely crucial to have your block lined up in order to keep consistency. You’ll see what it looks like below when you don’t 😉

I’m really excited about this portion of the course. I knew deep down that I would rock the felting, weaving, spinning and needle work. This part has been a challenge because I’ve never really done anything like this before. I’ve never had the chance to paint fabric. I was scared at first because I can’t draw to save my life. But you don’t have to! As far as the tools go, you’re as limited as your imagination.

As far as the block goes, it started off as a 4″ block of a 2×4. I sanded it. Then we took some foam (you know the crafty stuff that you can get, most likely used with/by kids) and some rubber cement and adhered it together to give us a thicker surface. We traced the block, cut out the square and then cut it in half. From there, we drew on our shapes and cut it out. After we cut it out, we stuck it to the block with some more rubber cement. Then we were ready to rock.


This is the first block I made… Meh


This is the first print… It turned out better than I thought it would

The next 4 prints are my assignment that is due tomorrow. She gave us a list of the different ways she wanted us to turn our blocks while we were printing to achieve different affects.

Tomorrow: SILK SCREENING!!!! WOOT!!!

Day 16 – Lots of colours and playing with paint!

Well, I had intended to update last night! That didn’t work so well for me… I dozed off just before 8 while I was snuggling with little man. Then I came downstairs and was intending on having a nap. I did, except that the nap lasted until 7 am! I am feeling much better, but I think I still needed to catch up on a little more sleep. I’m trying to respond to everyone’s comments and keep this blog updated, but it sure has been a challenge. Yeah, I’m feeling bad that I don’t have the time to respond to everyone. I will do my best… Two weeks from now, you may get a response! Each and every comment means so much to me. Please know that. Thank you so much!

On to YESTERDAY’S class…

Once again, I knew it was going to be fun, but not as fun as it turned out to be! Our instructor for this week is Gunnel. I can’t wait to see what else she has in her bag of tricks! She’s done fabric for movies, has her own dye pigment company. The things that she showed us yesterday (and I was actually able to execute!) just blew my mind!

In the morning we worked on two different colour wheels. One was the Itten. I think it’s the more familiar one. That’s the one I used when I was at hairdressing school (you know what’s funny? A few things I learned at hairdressing school has come up in this course. So glad to finally know that wasn’t an entire waste of time and money!). The other one is the CMY wheel, or Cyan Magenta Yellow. Interesting stuff. There was an amazing book that she showed us that had colours in it with the CMY numbers in it. The title has slipped my mind for right now, but I will add it (if I remember!).

In the afternoon, we got to do some painting on fabric. That was so much fun! I still can’t believe how mine turned out! She showed us how to use some everyday objects such as potato mashers, forks, a deodorant cap and a bathmat to get some really funky textures. I figured this would be a fun thing to do with little man… How much fun would he have running his dinky cars over a piece of fabric with paint on it?! And the great thing about these pigments is that they’re water soluble and environmentally friendly.

Today we’re going to be doing block printing. I’m stoked!!!!


Our pigment kit


My first attempt


Second try

I’m still loving the spinning and weaving though!

Stay tuned…

I didn’t get to update over the weekend due to birthday festivities and the kicking of the cough in the fanny. As long as the assignments aren’t too intense, I should be able to get my drafts that I had started up tonight.

Just wanted to give you a sneak peak at the week ahead here… Today we’re starting off with colours! We received our silk screening pigments first thing! This is going to be a GOOD day! See you soon 😀 Kyla