I was getting ready to blog my latest project, knowing that the post had the possibility of turning into 1000 word tome (yeah, it was one of THOSE projects) when I got sidetracked by the fact that I was wearing the fleece vest I made earlier this year (I know, I live in sunny California, & the sun IS shining today, but still it was windy, foggy, & chilly when I got dressed), and was thinking about silk screen projects...... I looked at my vest, looked at my bucket of silk screen supplies, and the next thing I knew, I was on the kitchen floor surrounded by fleece scraps & possibilities....
Marcy Tilton, a silk screen squeegee, a bucket of clean water, and a test sample. All sitting on a piece of plastic sheeting.
Here's the vest, ready to go (after saying a little prayer that it would go as smoothly as the test pieces did):
I placed the screen on a pocket, drew up some paint into the syringe, & squeezed out a line at the top edge of the screen:
I pulled the paint down the screen with the squeegee (no pics, only 2 hands available & they were both busy). Note: in previous tests I had tried using a credit card or a paint sponge to pull the paint, but I decided that it was worth investing in a proper squeegee for the best effect. I think I was right! The art supply store had limited option in these small sizes, so I got a plastic handled squeegee & cut it to size for my specs. It worked great!
In less than five minutes, I had this!:
I'm delighted! Now I wait about 24 hours, then I'll set it with a press from the iron (since this is fleece, I'll see what works best for the pressing & report back)
UPDATE: After a day, I gave the prints a press with a hot, dry iron - 2 passes, pressing for 10 seconds each time. Then I tossed the test pieces in the wash (warm water) & a hot drier. This is NOT how I plan to wash the vest (cold water wash, hang to dry). I should have washed one of the test pieces the same way I plan on washing the vest....20/20 hindsight. At any rate, the paint faded quite a lot with this abuse:
|Test piece on the left, back of jacket on the right.|
All in all, I'm a happy screener :)
Silk Screening! I'm stoked!! Have you done silk screening on fabrics? Any tips, or posts to link & share?