Friday, April 27, 2012

Screen Printing Revisited

Awhile back I tried my hand at screen printing. The results were okay. The fabric color was a bit washed out so, I put the fabric aside until I decided what I wanted to do next. Recently, I came across the fabric and decided to give it another go.

I've read numerous articles on using Elmer's water soluble glue as a resist. So, I added numerous swirls using it. The photo with the glue swirls on the fabric was hard to see. This is a photo of the fabric before the swirls.

When the glue was dry, it looked like the glue didn't saturated the fabric. Instead of going over the glue, I had the idea of putting leaves on top of the fabric to add another layer of resist.

Now it was time to add navy blue dye. I made a few swipes then pulled off the screen so, the fabric could dry overnight.

The next day, I washed the glue out of the fabric and I was left with this soft color fabric. It's not my normal color palette but I like it. For now it's on my design wall until I can figure out how to use it.


  1. This came out great, Mia. It looks as if the glue swirls took nicely. I'll need to revisit that process. I didn't have much luck with it before but I really like the way your resist came out. Adding the leaves was a stroke of genius.

  2. Thanks, Linda. I want to try the glue technique again but this time with immersing the fabric in dye instead of screen printing.

  3. Mia -- put the glue on the screen, not on the fabric. Let it dry and then screen print with either paint or thickened dye. You will LOVE the result! This is one of my favorite ways to print.

  4. Rayna-That's a great suggestion! I'll give it a try then post the results.