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Experiments in incandescent living

Imagine you are a white-hot tangle of ice, dust, rock and gases, and as you hurtle across the night sky the rest of us are celebrating your transit with champagne and gourmet lollipops. The universe is vast, but we are only as small as we believe ourselves to be; and if we lived each moment in that same spirit of humble awe with which we now and again gaze at the stars, the world would be an infinitely happier place.

I blog about books and writing on Mondays, travel and spirituality on Tuesdays, and art, knitting and sewing on Thursdays, but above all I want to use this space to explore the magical connection between veganism and creativity (so the juiciest posts go up on Wednesdays!) On this site you’ll also find Where We Make, a Friday feature on artists’ workspaces.

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09/25

Adventures in Screenprinting

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Here is a reason why “palimpsest” is one of my very favorite words. (Krista’s much-used fiberboard base for screenprinting.)

 

Back in July I took a two-part screenprinting course at the Boston Center for Adult Education. Krista Siana of Bias Design was our teacher, and I can’t recommend the class highly enough. Krista is really fun and relaxed and presents all the necessary techniques in a totally manageable way.

 

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The first week we cut our designs out of clear-lay with an Exacto knife.

 

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Henry’s first t-shirt, using the same stencil with three different colors.

 

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Nicole’s awesome dimensional pineapple.

 

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In the second class we used a more time-intensive but versatile technique: you trace your image directly onto the screen, then fill it in with blue drawing fluid. (This is where the ink eventually goes.) Then you apply a brick-colored screen filler, let it dry, and rinse it so the drawing fluid dissolves. Then you’re ready to print, and can use this same stencil for a hundred printings if you like. Here are some step-by-step pics:

 

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(The death’s head I used is from the King’s Chapel Burial Ground.)

 

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I love the look on Nicole’s face!

 

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I got lots of compliments at Squam!

 

 

Needless to say, I am hooked on screenprinting. Now I just have to take advantage of some Dick Blick coupons so I can gather all the necessary supplies to keep printing at home. In addition to screenprinting sessions in October and November, Krista is offering a Japanese woodcut printing class that I would totally sign up for if I weren’t going to be out of the country!

 

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Hi! I'm Camille. I only write stories that could never ever happen in real life, though I do believe in real-life magic. If we were in the same room I'd fix you a cup of tea, but for now we'll have to settle for a virtual connection. I'm really glad you're here.
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