Two-tone turtle prints

At last I managed to expose two screens without incident this week, so was able to experiment with adding a second colour and different finishes to the first colour I’d already printed.

(Incidentally, rather than using the design on tracing paper to expose the screen, I photocopied it with higher contrast onto white paper, and then made two copies on acetate, which I taped together. This resulted in a much sharper design on the screen.)

As you will see, registration was a problem. I tried to line the screen up by marking the positions of the corners on the print table with masking tape, but it wasn’t entirely successful!

Anyway, here are some of the results.

Deep pink ink:

Copper foil:

Silver pearl binder without any pigment added. Ironically, though it is also shiny, it actually tones down the red foil that I printed last week:

White flock:

Puff binder with red pigment added. This binder is much thicker than normal binder. You pull it through the screen as normal, let it dry, then put it in the heat press – but without applying any pressure. The heat makes the binder puff up, producing a slightly rubbery embossed effect. Very interesting:

Finally, I had a bit of time to experiment with an open screen, so I cut out some “paper chains” and used them to make positive and negative prints on a bit of faintly-dyed pole-wrapped shibori calico:

As ever, it’s the bits that go slightly wrong that are the most interesting. Because I used newsprint, it got very soggy with the ink, and as I lifted the screen, the paper lifted up and sometimes dropped back onto the fabric.

You can see where this happened along some of the edges and in the corners, where the ink is speckled as it was disturbed. I actually like this effect – maybe something to develop next week!

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6 thoughts on “Two-tone turtle prints”

    1. That was the plan, Hilary – at least for the larger, square pieces. But I need to think about that for a bit, as I feel they still need a bit more texture, and I’m too busy felting scarves for the Morley Winter Fair this weekend to do anything else! 🙂

  1. These are beautiful and I love the ‘white flock’ one. Very modern and simple.
    Did you get to the Darlington Art Market a few weeks ago? The felting standard in Perth is amazing. I was in heaven!

    1. Liz – I live in the UK, so Perth is a bit far for me to go for a market. 😉 But if I ever make it to Western Australia I’ll be sure to look out for the felt!

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