Breakdown Screen Printing by Susan Lumsden

  • 15 May 2021
  • 16 May 2021
  • 2 sessions
  • 15 May 2021, 10:00 AM 4:00 PM (EDT)
  • 16 May 2021, 10:00 AM 4:00 PM (EDT)
  • Beach Art Center, Indian Rocks Berach

Registration

  • This workshop will teach how to print fabric with thickened dye through a break down screen printing process. We will be creating the silk-screens using thickened dyes which will then be used on fabric previously soaked in soda ash solution. To activate the screens we will use either clear print paste or thickened dyes. On day one we will go over the possible effects, get an understanding of the process, and create 3-4 screens. On day 2 we will print using those screens, and after washing away the residue, we will create 3 more screens. As time allows, we will print these as well. You will be encouraged to share your partially used up screens with others to expand your effects.

Register

This is a 2 day, in-person workshop being held at the Beach Art Center of Indian Rocks Beach. The Beach Art Center fee is included in the price. COVID safe practices will be observed per BAC rules.

Beach Art Center

1515 Bay Palm Blvd

Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785


We will be creating the silk-screens using thickened dyes which will then be used on fabric previously soaked in soda ash solution. To activate the screens we will use either clear print paste or thickened dyes. On day one we will go over the possible effects, get an understanding of the process, and create 3-4 screens. On day 2 we will print using those screens, and after washing away the residue, we will create 3 more screens. As time allows, we will print these as well. You will be encouraged to share your partially used up screens with others to expand your effects.

Each participant will need access to three clean screens of their own. They can be borrowed as they will be able to be returned clean and unadulterated. Any size, from about 6” square up to about 18” square or rectangle are suitable. You can make your own using polyester sheer drapery fabric (very cheap) and stretcher bars. Silk screens should be already covered in heavy tape prior to the class. I’ll send out written instructions prior to the class that will include suggestions on where you can buy pre-made screens. I will also have additional screens that can be borrowed but you still need to bring 3 of your own.

You will need to bring along:

  • Notebook and pen for notes (you will have preprinted information to take home)
  • Apron
  • Disposable gloves
  • 3 silk screens
  • 3 yards of PFD white cotton fabric, torn into fat quarters (18"x22")
  • Print pad (padded board covered in fabric) large enough for your fat quarter
  • Roll of blue tape (at least 1” wide)
  • Large size t-pins
  • Small box of tall kitchen trash bags - preferably white
  • Scissors
  • 3 6-12 oz squeeze bottles with nozzle top ( like hair coloring dye bottles, condiment bottles)
  • Old credit cards or small putty knife
  • Paper towel roll
  • Items to create texture ~ small leaves, bubble wrap, bottle lids, yarn, string, rug mat


Included:

This Kit is included in the class fee, as well as the IRBAC fee.

  • 1 fat quarter presoaked
  • Access to all dyes and materials used
  • Various additional texture items
  • Printed instruction sheets and resource lists

Class times are 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Bring along a lunch and beverage and snacks. All participants are required to wear a mask. Tables are set up for social distancing. Your temperature will be taken when entering the Beach Art Center. (These are BAC rules.)


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