I just arrived home from a class I’m taking at ACAD, the Alberta College of Art and Design. This exceptional school offers degree programs, as well as a fabulous extended studies program – something for everyone. The course I’m taking is silk screening on fabric – something I know will be fun and incredibly useful. I plan on adding silk screening to my print repertoire, and doing more work on fabric. With 8 weeks of classes lined up, I’m off to a good start. For our first class we went over the basics. Here’s a picture of me holding my screen up to the light to make sure that it is clean. It may look dirty, but the screen is just stained. I’m checking that none of the mesh on the screen is blocked with old ink. (I’m thinking I need to add some vertical stripes to that apron…)

checking screen

We learned how we might set up our work area and tips on keeping things clean.

work table

Then we cut a simple paper stencil and tried our hand with screen printing. I started with orange ink, and then added some yellow to blend in. It was a good class. Here are some of the samples I printed.

orange yellow orange yellow swirl yellow orange swirl sample fabric

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