A few weeks ago when I returned to Bonny Ridge Farm in Kokstad, Rich’s Mum Bridget taught me how to screen print. I had seen some of her amazing work and it is something I have always wanted to do but have never got around to trying.
We started with the basics and I used a piece of newspaper to create a stencil. I roughly drew the heart from my Eyeheartravelblog logo and cut out the shape. Bridget then showed me how to apply the stencil, scoop the fabric paint onto the screen and then how to press firmly and spread the fabric paint evenly.
It was much easier than expected and I was chuffed with the end result. The end result shall be a tea tray towel.
Bridget suggested that we create a screen using my eyeheartravelblog logo design. Genius! I grayscaled my logo design and we printed it onto two transparency films. We created two frames so that two colors can be printed onto fabric. Bridget worked her magic and burnt the design onto silk screens using a mercury lamp.
Once the two screens were ready we printed one color, let it dry and then used a second color with the second screen. Some prints were more crisp and bold compared to some of my earlier attempts. However, once I had done a few prints I wanted to screen print onto everything. I dashed to my bag and found a vest to print ‘eyehearttravel’.
Bridget has created some stunning pieces and has a wide selection of screens. I experimented with her protea screen using dark grey fabric paint and created another gorgeous tea tray towel or a potential cushion cover. How great does it look?
She then kindly packed a starter screen printing kit complete with my eyeheartravelblog screens, a blank screen so that I can create my own stencils and other equipment. Thank you Bridget for being so generous and kind. I look forward to creating some great screen printing products in the future.
Have you ever tried screen printing? It’s easy, fun and extremely rewarding so give it a try.