Screen printing

ruths blue and yellow screenprint


warm rich blended:  scarlet, golden yellow, royal blue

cold: magenta, lemon, turquoise


  • Scouring fabrics
  • Manutex  to make the fabric stiff
  • Labels for pots
  • 1tsp colour mixed with little bit of warm water.
  • Then in soup pots add Manutex.
  • look re chemical water
  • keep notes by using masking tape on pots
  • sodium alginate
  • Use natural fabrics. The tighter the weave the sharper the image.
  • Often dye still wet roll in plastic and leave to prove in a warm place for 24 hours.
  • 1st rinse should be in very cold water with synthrapol or metapex.
  • Rinse in cold water until the water runs clear.
  • Then hot rinse then in washing machine at 60 degrees
  • Then iron it.
  • Soda would rot the fabric if it was left in.


When dye is in powder form it is toxic to the lungs so a mask should be worn when mixing it with water.  Once it is suspended in water it’s safe.

 Demonstrating the process

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Unfortunately there was no  space for me to work as the tables all around me were taken up by other people so I tried to document as well as I could everything that was going on.  I had already done some screen printing at a number of workshops so was not too worried about not being able to screen print myself.

Circulating and collating everyone else’s  work meant I got an excellent over view of methods of working and an opportunity to see what I thought successful and something I could try in the future.

An example of my screen-printing

This was created by crumpling the fabric and using a clear silkscreen, printing with yellow ink to create the background. Then applying masking tape onto the screen and printing with blue onto the flattened fabric to create the overlaying grid pattern.

ruths blue and yellow screenprint 

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