Today I have been making all the side dishes for Thanksgiving dinner, but… yesterday I worked in The Loft Studio creating the screens that I will need to screen print the leaves and flowers on the poinsettia hanging. It is a wonderfully easy process gleaned from Art Cloth by Jane Dunnewold. The supplies are pretty simple. Gather up:
Supplies: 2 yards polyester organza (any color, so buy what’s on sale); latex wall paint (leftovers are great); acrylic varnish (optional); broad brush-1″ or wider, angled edge brush, firm pointed brush; variety of embroidery/quilting hoops
1. Place a piece of organza over the bottom of a hoop and apply the upper hoop to make it taut; tighten screw and continue to tighten organza as needed.
2. Trace around the leaves and blossoms with a sharpie pen – any color; work from the “high side” of the hoop. After painting the shape, the printing is from the reverse or “flat side”, so if necessary reverse the shape, especially with lettering.
3. Paint over the lines so you have the shape outlined, using the pointed brush or flat angled edger; then fill in the rest of the space around the outside of the leaf or blossom shape. Do not worry if there are gaps that do not fully cover. You will need to let one coat dry and then do a second coat or you will get globs of paint on the bottom side from applying more paint than the organza can hold. Complete enough coats to totally cover the organza outside of the shape. Dry with a fan or hair dryer between coats, or allow to dry naturally and work on another shape if you have enough hoops. I like to add a final coat of acrylic varnish to the dry paint… but not inside the shapes. During the next step your paint needs to penetrate through the organza in those areas.
4. You want to fully cover the negative space, really just as insurance. It gives you space around the shape for “error” droplets, and splashes/smudges will not show through on the fabric receiving the screen print. If you want the “noise” of some areas coming through, you don’t have to be as thorough in your covering of the negative space.
Now I am ready for the next step…. printing the leaves unto fusible interfacing. We’ll see how that goes and I will report back after Thanksgiving. Hope yours is a happy day, celebrated in a fashion you enjoy!