your mark with this primer on screen printing. Even if you
have never done any before you will soon be printing like
a pro on not only fabric and paper but cork, wood and more.
done some screen printing in the past, but not recently so
was keen to see if the book was suitable for a beginner. Buying
the kit is not cheap and one of the main concerns anybody
has before taking up a new hobby is whether they will take
to it or not, so laying out money on costly equipment is often
the reason they don’t bother. The author of this book
wisely suggests having a try first with an embroidery hoop,
a sponge dabber and a silk habutai scarf; this is also a very
portable way of doing it. After introducing the materials
and tools the book goes on to explain how the process works
from drawing, to cutting the stencil, attaching it to the
screen, printing and fixing. This is a lot to take in, but
it is broken down into sections and there are plenty of staged
photographs with reassuringly short captions which make it
all seem doable. If the drawing part is rather a challenge,
not to mention rendering your art to make it suitable for
printing you can use found objects like leaves and of course
the templates at the back.
cover not only fabric items but postcards, wooden bunting,
cork coasters and a card print for the wall. Fabric projects
include a skirt, a bag, tea towel, table mats and a runner.
Each one teaches a different lesson so you can amass useful
and gift quality items while learning. The theme is mostly
nature with an emphasis on the seaside as the author lives
in Cornwall, and she sells her own range of paints for printing.
At the back is a short gallery of items plus a handy glossary.
I found this to be a very user (and purse) friendly primer
on the sometimes rather daunting process of screen printing
and look forward to taking it up again.
available from https://www.pickprettypaints.com/
you cannot find a good range of materials locally try www.searchpress.com
for a list of suppliers.