As you may have gathered from earlier postings, I love Cloth Paper Scissors! Not only is the magazine full of art projects, they send out an e-mail with more suggestions. Just before Christmas the editor, Jenn Mason, sent one on a simple way to silk screen. I’ve always been too intimidated to attempt the technique, and it seemed to require multiple expensive materials.
Not so with this approach! I cut the frame for the screen from corrugated cardboard, taped a piece of curtain sheer to it with duct tape, cut a stencil from contact paper, and good to go. Jenn suggests freezer paper for the stencil, which may work better. The contact plastic stretched a bit. Also, she indicates the screen is only good for one session, since you can’t really wash the cardboard to get off the acrylic paint.
I figured I’d get around that by completely covering the frame with duct tape! Unfortunately there was a tiny gap or two, which soaked up water as I liberally sluiced off the leftover paint. So the second time around, parts of the frame were a bit squishy. Oh well! The frames are easy to make, so I think I’ll just make up several to have them on hand. I made mine a little larger than the directions, so it would work for a quarter fold note.
You can buy silk screen paint, but this approach uses fluid acrylics and acrylic extender – a bit less expensive and more versatile. Lots of fun! Give it a try!