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So I have been thinking about creating a set of three 8×10 block prints based on cat quotes that have a little cat illustration somehow arranged with them. And for a few months I’ve been collecting cat quotes and ordering supplies from Dick Blick and generally pondering what I wanted to do. I chose to start …
Silkscreening fun tonight!
So, things I learned from my silkscreening adventures:
1) start with a t-shirt I really like and want to wear even if there isn’t a design on it – I really just won’t wear a crappy t-shirt from the art supply store even if it only cost $3.99 US – putting a cat on the front doesn’t make me like it any more than I originally did
2) test run on a piece of fabric or old t-shirt is essential to find little imperfections in the glue that need to be taped
3) don’t get ink on the tape… that transfers to the t-shirt
4) I am not a one-swipe inker – it comes out too light for me, have to swipe at least twice
5) when I ink two shirts right in a row, need to swipe ink over the open screen to keep it from drying and blocking the flow of ink…
6) which then makes it impossible to see exactly where I’m placing the design on the second t-shirt because I’m looking at just a big smudge of ink on my side of the screen – gotta flip it over and mark some kind of points of reference with my fingers and flip it back and then set it down
Overall, I’m still fascinated by this silkscreening thing. Weird how different things capture different people’s interest. Thank goodness, eh? Or else we’d all be wearing only cat t-shirts!
“Cats run wild all night. Adventure fuels their passionate hearts.”
I thought this was a great assignment! Write a 10 word love story and illustrate it. I wrote the text yesterday and played around with laying it out and illustrating it today. They came out okay. Compared to what I had envisioned, they’re not great. And that’s okay. Part of this project for me is learning what I like, don’t like, what I’d like to practice. Watercolor skills and good drawing skills are needed! I think writing the little stories and picturing great illustrations in my mind was the most fun part for me. (And my apologies for unreadable handwriting, so I typed out the stories for your reading pleasure.)“Cat sees mouse. Eyes meet. True love. Happily ever after.”
“”Forbidden love between cat and mouse started with a glance.”
“Cat spies beautiful mouse. Long talks. Begin dating. First kiss.”
(All ink +/- watercolor +/- pencil. Finished two are on watercolor paper. Others are on a variety of scrap and drawing papers.)
He he he.
(PS I’m not recommending you tattoo your cats.)