But this month, on the ...Fire blog, Beth posted a wonderful tutorial on deconstructed screen printing. And one of the rules is that we have to try each month's technique. So I put my DH to work making frames for my screens.
Of course, he wanted to be fancy and make them with hinges (?!) and stuff, but I told him that I wanted them now. Not later. So skip the fancy stuff.
I wrapped my portable ironing board in plastic (BTW, Beth's wonderful tutorial is here) and put down a catch cloth, then arranged a bunch of "stuff" on top. I placed the screen on top of the "stuff" and added the thickened dyes.
And made a mess. The snow dyes were so awful, I can't bear to show them (one is happily sitting in a bath of blue dye as I type. I'm not sure what to do with the other). My lovely dyed silk screens turned to mud on the fabric. Bleah! This is the print from the first screen.
After the screens were dry, I got out the print paste and thinned some with hot water.
I put the fabric on the soft surface and tried again.
And it worked! I got lovely prints from my new screens!
Apparently my paste was too thick and couldn't push the dye through onto the fabric! I am happy-dancing all over the place. They're not perfect and I have to wait for them to batch to see what they're going to finish as, but they're much better. So I supposed I won't be sleeping much tonight either. And if I seem a little distracted at work tomorrow....well...