Last weekend I had the absolute pleasure of learning to screenprint my own yardage with the lovely Lara of Harvest Textiles. After two days of drawing, cutting, squeegie-ing, spraying, mixing and, well, rather clumsy splattering...
I was thrilled to finish up with several yards of my very own peony print fabric for myself and Daisy the pink sewing machine to play with.
Here's a little peek at my first ever attempt at screenprinting (excluding high school art class!) Is anyone surprised that, when faced with a few tubs of primary colours, I chose to mix up a delicious batch of watermelon and peach?
And this is what happens when you are too impatient, and go rushing ahead without waiting for
your friend to hold the screen steady... ooops! See how my floating blossoms have smudged? There's a lesson in that, Nancy.
However, sometimes there occur what I like to call "happy" accidents. Where by complete chance, you acheive something quite cute and unusual like this fabulous "dropped squeegie" effect. It's rather industrial, no?
After a few funny mishaps, I seemed to get the hang of it and soon enough, I was printing away with glee! In the end, I was delighted with the results. I have a feeling this could become quite an addictive new craft... Perhaps I'll make some decorative ottomans for my bedroom with all those yards of handmade fabric. What do you think of that?