Saturday, February 4, 2012

Foxy Fun & Happy Accidents...

Well, I finished the quilt I gave you a sneak peek of last week, but I'm still working on getting some good pics of it, so here's a look at a little something else I'm working on in the mean time...haha, turns out it's a work in progress too!

I thought it might be nice to get out of my little box and try something different. So... I signed up for a short (3 session) screen printing class. It's taught by a local artist in a studio that's a bit like a skinny storage attic, and we all huddle around a shopping cart that's been turned into a make-shift exposure unit and printing station (sounds crazy, I know).

I wanted to print a fox and make them into pillows. (You can see I'm still not venturing that far from my comfort zone yet). Here's the original drawing I made on tracing paper using my trusty technical pens. But...

... you know those projects that doesn't quite turn out the way you planned? Turns out when I went to draw directly on the plastic, my technical pens didn't work. I had to use a Sharpie, so my artwork ended up with thicker lines and less detail, but I was still on track with my pillow idea...

or so I thought!

Introducing Mr. No-face Half-a-Fox, haha...

Ugh... all those fur lines, gone! I was initially disappointed, but then I realized that this was exactly what needed to happen. I took this class to get out of my comfort zone, but here I was still trying to do the same thing. Now I was being forced to do something different. So, I printed him on paper instead, and then... then, the ideas started flowing, I could do so many things to it. I could draw on top of it, print another screen over it next week in a new color maybe, collage it, paint it, stitch on it... whatever I wanted.

So now I have four half-fox prints waiting to be experimented on, and next weekend after my final class I will show you the final results... good or not so good. You won't want to miss it!


  1. Screen printing is so much fun! Would love to do some more screen printing... And I think you have the right spirit here, the prints may have turned out very different than you hoped for but it could be a blessing in disguise. The prints still have so much potential and I'm sure you're going to turn them into something great!!

  2. ohhhh it looks like is going to be soo interesting the final results, lots of fun!!!! and I'm sure they will be beatiful too :) :)

    waiting to see more... ... ...!!!
    tons of kisses!!

  3. It definitely was a blessing in disguise, and turned out to be a whole lotta' fun. My husband actually asked me to show him too, which is great, b/c it ups my odds of getting more space in the garage.

  4. I've been wanting to try screenprinting . . . can't wait to see what you do with Mr. Fox!

  5. oh they are so cute! Love the one with the scarf on the best. Could see it in colour as a quilt or cushion panel. well done!


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