Yesterday, I screen printed two tops for a couple of friends little boys! I have been dabbling with this car scribble design on and off for a while now and came up with "traffic jam"! It has only three colours, which for me is easy peasy... usually I have loads more! I just can't do one colour!
I am so happy with how it turned out and the screen printing went smoothly with no hiccups! I was a little worried with how the colours were going to look on the blue top but I think it looks really great.. phew!!! I can't wait to give them to my friends :)
|:: 2 little traffic jams completed :)|
Here is a little of my process:
Tuesday - I had pretty much finished this design a while ago, I just had to tweak it a bit! Most of it is hand drawn, scanned and then put into Adobe Illustrator. The cars do look a little wobbly, I didn't have time to adjust them so I fixed them when I cut the stencils out.
I cut out the three stencils, one for each colour, while I was watching my son eat his lunch, which can take a long time! I always like to do something constructive in that time!
ps: don't worry the craft knife was well away from my little boys, curious fingers :)
|:: stencil cutting and a very mangled Vegemite sandwich|
in top left hand corner :)
Most people draw or trace the design onto the stencil paper and then cut it out. I like to print out the design onto paper, then tape it onto the stencil paper and cut directly through both paper and stencil paper, using a very sharp craft knife. I find this way more accurate and much faster! I really wish I could print directly onto the easycut stencil paper but unfortunately it doesn't work! If anyone has any other ideas/suggestions on this.. please let me know :)
|:: three stencils for three colours|
Wednesday morning - Mixed up all the paint colours needed and then screen printed the first colour, all before breakfast at 7am.
|:: a very old screen|
I screen printed second colour after a long breakfast with my little boy and the first colour was dry.
|:: second colour done|
Then after some vigorous jumping (not me) on the bed and pretending to be lions with my little boy, I screen printed the third colour. I'm always really nervous when doing the last colour... there is a lot of finger crossing and hoping nothing goes wrong!! Luckily it was all fine :)
|:: third screen printed colour - completed... Yay!!|
Hope you all have had great creative week :)
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