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Screen printing is a print process involving the forcing of ink through a screen of fine material to create a picture or pattern. It has been around for many years, and has long been perceived as a specialist subject accessible only to professional printers and textile artists due to the high cost of the screens and inks.
Recently, however, screen printing has entered the mainstream and the equipment and tools have become more affordable and accessible.
In this Beginner's Guide to Screen Printing, Erin Lacy shows you how to make your own screen using an embroidery hoop and silk fabric, and demonstrates how to create beautiful designs that are easy to achieve.
Discover how to print onto different surfaces such as wood, cork and fabric, and create twelve stunning, coastal and botanical-themed projects through bright and colourful step-by-step photography.
The book includes templates and inspiration on how to design your own screen printing motifs.
Inspiration and ideas
Tools and materials
Before you print
After you print
Making a hoop screen
Exposing: Working with resists
Repeats and borders
Multilayered screen printing
Creating your own designs
Templates and motifs
Calico tote bags
Swallow-print tea towel
Printed cushion covers
Dragonfly table runner
Shell motif beach blanket
Erin Lacy traded in her urban roots for walking boots when she moved to open up a print studio in the creative Cornish seaside town of St. Ives (UK) where she currently lives.
Erin trained at, and graduated from, the London College of Fashion, always surrounding herself with the textile world through work and leisure. Erin decided to set up a business to promote printing as a craft, from demonstrating print techniques from her studio to popping up at shows and providing workshops.
From this Erin also found a gap in the market to start producing her own paint range of ready to go hand-mixed printing paints. Pick Pretty Paints evolved purely from having not being able to find a paint medium for all print methods to use around a table or on the go.
Erin has been selected for a number of features to promote print as craft, alongside Kirstie Allsopp's team at Handmade Shows and Fairs across the UK and demonstrating Christmas printing gift wrap ideas on Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas TV programme.
Erin aims to show how easy and accessible print can be with the basic tools and techniques to hand. Her Beginner's Guide to Screenprinting will inspire readers to print wherever they may find themselves, and will take a fresh different approach to screen printing to spark new ideas and inspire crafting fun.
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