30 July 2012

Silk Screening Class


It's fun sneaking in my watercolors before the post (smile)


The silk screen construction and uses workshop that I was contracted to teach in less than 2 weeks only has two students. The Stamp making workshop has none. The day after these are supposed to occur I am having the same workshop except that it is a 2 day workshop at the Art Greenhouse and that workshop is full.

Here are some pics of the process in the back barn.


This is my chop saw that I use to cut the wood. I am making 14 screens 14 X 14 (outside dimension). I did all the cutting a few days ago so you can see my screws and glue on the table


This is my assembly area - an old file cabinet with a sheet of 3/8" plywood, an old gooseneck lamp and my handy dandy battery screw gun.


Here are the completed screens plus an 18X40 I want to use for silk screening scarves. This screen should cover half the scarf (14X72). Now I have to treat each screen when dry with a coat of Cabot's waterproofing compound (can't remember the name of it). This mitigates the amount of tape needed to finish the screen.


Today I applied the wood waterproofing which really stinks but eliminates the need for total coverage in tape. The screens look much neater too.
 This beauty is the 18X40 I made for deconstructed silk scarves. Can't wait to try it out.
 Wet frames air drying on a metal pole between to upside down rubbish cans
 This is the best waterproofing product even though it really stinks. Do this outside.




4 comments:

  1. I'm so impressed that you build all your own screens!! I've hijacked a couple of mine (by using stretcher frames) but would never attempt to build them.

    And yours are so beautifully sturdy looking - like* Eastern European mountain girls. lol


    *brace for romance!

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  2. er... and by "romance" I mean in the old sense - like I found "A Nun's Story" incredibly romantic - not like cupid romantic!

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  3. I like your screens too -- I wish I had known about the Cabots before I spent all that time covering mine with tape. What are you going to use for the long scarf-screening screen?

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  4. Wow, that's mans work!! Chapeau!!

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