Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Must. Stop. Screen Printing.

I don't know what it is about screen printing, but it seems that once I start I just can't stop.

I've been writing a little article involving screen printing for an upcoming edition of Quilting Arts. Perhaps the hardest part of writing an article, for me, is being satisfied with my samples and examples. Two things got me to stop (or at least slow down) the sample making this time: the deadline, and I ran out of screens to burn.

Here's a print that is not in the article:

Trust me when I say that this is much better in real life. The leaves are various metallic colors, as is the leopard moth. However, I really feel that the moth needs more oomph. Perhaps that can be added with an outline of the moth by either more screen printing or some quilting. The dots need something too. It's a work in progress and I do have plans for it.

In the meantime I started playing with the image in Photoshop. Here's what I've got so far.

I really get a kick out of both techniques - playing with paint and playing with pixels. What do you think?


Judy Warner said...

I love the colorful background and the contrast on the leopard moth really makes it pop. Have you tried it on actual fabric yet?

Diane Doran said...

Thanks, Judy! Not yet, but I hope to soon. I think it would make an interesting small quilt.

Norma Schlager said...

You did that in Photoshop? Wow! I love it. Of course you had a wonderful screen print to start with.

Diane Doran said...

Thanks, Norma! It was interesting to combine the screen print with the original images that I used to create the screens.