We’ve just received some Quickprint - and it is fab (and quick!). Had a little go this afternoon with my friend’s daughter. Really easy to use.
Simply draw your image using a sharp pencil or biro or press objects into it (the end of a ruler or an empty biro works well). Remember anything you draw will be printed in reverse.
Roll out some ink thinly. We used Black waterbased block printing ink but the Speedball Ink or the Caligo Safe Wash will work well too.
Then roll the ink onto the Quickprint.
Put a thin sheet of paper on top of the Quickprint. Press using a baren or a clean roller. You can turn the paper with the Quickprint stuck to it and press on the back of the Quickprint too. The Quickprint is really soft so not too much pressure is needed.
Peel back the paper and reveal your print.
Here’s one we made just by pushing an empty biro into the Quickprint.
Shibori is the Japanese term for creating a patterned cloth using tied/sewn/bound resists. It is what we would call tie dye!
A few weeks ago I taught a couple of Shibori classes at Artworks Studio in Chichester. We tied, sewed and bound the fabrics one week and dyed the next. All of the pieces were dyed using Procion MX dyes – mostly Magenta MX-8B, Lemon Yellow MX-4G and Bright Turquoise MX-G. Scroll down to the bottom of this post where I have put a link to download the dye recipe and instructions. Here are the techniques that we focused on:
ITAJIME NANAME GOSHI
HOSHOITO ICHIDO KAIRYO
Here are the links for the instructions and for the dye recipe.
Happy Tie Dyeing!
A basic guide to using the fabulous Soft Cut Discs. A downloadable pdf can be found here!
Draw round the disc. Draw the image you wish to print in a dark pencil inside the outline. The image will print in reverse.
Place the image face down onto the disc and then rub a pencil over the lines to transfer the image.
Use a fine blade to cut the outline. Use a larger blade to cut away the rest of the stamp you do not wish to print. Always keep your fingers on both hands behind the blade and cut away from you as the blades are sharp.
Peel off the paper backing and stick the stamp to the bottom of the baren.
Squirt a little block printing ink into a tray and roll it out smoothly using a lino roller. The ink needs to be quite thin and smooth.
Roll the ink onto the stamp.
Press the stamp firmly onto the gift tag.
The finished print!
A simple guide to batik. A downloadable pdf can be found here.
Pin the fabric tightly to a frame using silk pins or drawing pins. Draw the design on lightly using a pencil.
Mix up a dye base using 1 litre warm water with 10 tbsp Urea and 1 tsp of Calgon. Mix 1/2 tsp Lemon Yellow Procion MX dye and 100mls dye base. Paint the design onto the fabric. Leave to dry.
Put the tjanting into the hot wax and allow to heat. If the bowl is hot the wax will stay hot and ensure that it penetrates the fabric. Draw wax onto the fabric to retain areas you wish to remain yellow.
Repeat steps 2 & 3 with each additional colour. Using wax to retain each colour. We used Lemon Yellow, Scarlet Red, Magenta, Red Brown and Indigo building up the colours from light to dark.
Paint wax onto all areas you wish to retain. It is advisable to turn the frame over and coat the underside to ensure no gaps.
Paint the entire design with Indigo Procion MX dye. If you would like a crackle pattern on the design you need to remove the fabric from the frame and screw up the fabric to crack the wax before painting.
Leave the dyes to react with the fibres for at least 24 hours. Leave to dry and then iron out the wax using a hot, dry iron and brown paper. Rinse and then wash the design using Colsperse to remove excess dye.
The finished piece!
We have just launched two new fantastic kits.
Handprinted fabric screen printing Kit priced at £49.50 it contains:
- A4 43T Premium Screen
- 225mm Professional Squeegee
- 5 x 125g Screentec TPrint Inks
We also have a great introductory kit for Softcut, this kit contains:
- 300ml Black Block Printing Ink
- 2 x 300mm x 200mm Sheets of Softcut
- 2 x 200mm x 150mm Sheets of Softcut
- 5 x Soft Cut Discs
- Hand Guard
- Lino cutter/Baren tool
- 100mm Lino Roller
Both kits are packaged in a Handprinted box, so great for giving (to yourself or others!).
A quick photographic guide to using Diazo Photo Emulsion (Speedball or Jacquard) with a simple home set up.
Step 1) To start you need a grease-free, clean, dry screen. You can use Speedball Speedclean, Screentec Degreaser or even washing up liquid. Wash and rinse your screen well and then leave to dry. To coat your screen you will need photo emulsion, scoop coater, cold water and a spoon.
Step 2) Following the instructions on the bottle fill the sensitiser half full with cold water and mix well. The handle of the spoon is useful to ensure that you have reached all the emulsion from the corners. Once you have dissolved all of the sensitiser pour the contents into the Photo Emulsion and stir well.
Step 3) Pour some photo emulsiion into the scoop coater and allow it to settle. Press the edge of the scoop coater firmly against your screen and tilt until the flat edge of the scoop coter is touching the screen. Drag the scoop coater smoothly up the screen to ensure an even coating, when you reach the top tilt the scoop coater back so the emulsion falls back into the scoop coater. Repeat on the inside. If the emulsion is uneven use the scoop coater tilted back to remove and excess.
Step 4) Place the coated screen horizontally somewhere dark to dry. The air needs to circulate around the screen so rest the edges of the frame on blocks or coins. When it is completely dry it is ready to expose. Place a piece of black foam or a book covered with a sheet of black paper under your screen. Position the film positive so the image is backwards if your light is coming from above and then sandwich this together with a sheet of glass. Turn on your lamp and expose. We expose for 15 minutes with our 250W lamp, if your lamp is a higher wattage the exposure time will be shorter.
Step 5) When the screen has exposed you will be able to see a difference in the colour of the emulsion. The unexposed emulsion looks a little more yellow. Wet both sides of your screen and then using a powerful jet of water, a shower hose, garden hose or pressure washer is good spray off the unexposed emulsion and reaveal your image. Leave your screen to dry before you print.
You can download a printable pdf here
A quick introductory guide to screen printing with a paper stencil. You can download a printable pdf. here!
You will need:
- Squeegee to fit
- Paper to cut your stencil – photocopy paper is good – layout paper is better
- Craft knife
- Water based fabric ink such as Screentec or Speedball
- A padded surface to print onto – a folded sheet is good
- A Garment
Step 1) Draw the outline of the image you wish to print.
Step 2) Using a craft knife cut out the image. You want to keep the outline of the image and any infill pieces.
Step 3) Stuff the garment with a sheet of newspaper to stop ink reaching the rear of the garment.
Step 4) Position your stencil where you want the image to be, remembering to position any infill pieces.
Step 5) Lay your taped screen onto the stencil. Check there are no gaps around the outside of your stencil. If there are add an extra layer of tape.
Step 6) Put a thick bead of ink along the top edge of your screen.
Step 7) Flood your screen with ink by pulling the squeegee across it lightly at a 45′ angle. Then repeat with a little force, when you have printed correctly there should be no ink on top of the mesh and the noise of the squeegee pull should sound a bit like a zip!
Step 8) Lift the screen from your garment by pressing on one side and lifting the other (a bit like opening a book). Leave the garment to dry and then iron to fix.
Very exciting day for us in the studio, our new site has launched. Loads more functionality and more products to boot! Have a look at it here www.handprinted.net and let us know what you think.