I have resumed teaching screen printing again! This time in Halifax at the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design. Its so wonderful - I always forget how much fun it is and how much I enjoy it.
|Catherine's print combining stencil and styrofoam stamps|
The course participants learn a variety of print techniques. The first to make a stencil was using photocopy paper and a sharp knife to achieve crisp lines, or tearing the paper for a softer edge.
|Catherine printing lace using paper doilies|
Catherine was interested in lace patterns and experimented printing through lace doilies. Unfortunately these were not so successful because of the height of the doily resulting in a very unclear print. So the next week Catherine tried printing through paper doilies. The result was highly successful and she also experimenting with layering the print.
|Layered paper lace doily prints|
Meanwhile Janet experimented with colour, layers and registration to ensure a precise placement of the print.
|Janet's screenprint incorporating printing through |
cheesecloth, strips of torn paper and placement through registration.
|Janet's three colour print: |
cheesecloth (red) potato print (blue) and paper stencil (green)
One of the things I encourage in my class is experimentation, because this is often where the most exciting results occur.
|Janet printing using a potato stamp|
One of the delightful things about printing using stamps is their unpredictability to how the print paste will be transferred onto the fabric.
|Rebecca's paper cut stencil|
And Im having so much fun that the course will be offered again in the Spring.