I made a little sketch of a pomegranate, using a photo I took in Spain several years ago for inspiration.
Then I made a screen. There are lots of ways to create screens. My favorite is using knife-cut, adherable stencil film. I like it because it makes really durable, permanent screens. The edges are sharp and crisp and it does not have the bland perfection of a photo screen, but does have a personal, hand-cut quality to the line. My new knife is a splendid tool for the job of cutting the stencil.
Screen done and ready to print.
Using black ink I printed several prints on lightweight canvas drill. See what I mean about crisp edges? (Oops, little bobble on that lower leaf...)
So now I had some prints to play with.
I painted this one, using Inktense watercolor blocks.
Too heavy handed, I think. The blue background isn't pretty. I have nothing to lose so I tried removing some of the color.
Better, but the blue is still just yuck.
I tried a paler, more watery one. This print is a little mushy, because the screen moved ever so slightly, but it's not a lost cause.
How would some visual texture work? I dug out some stamps and freezer paper to cut a mask and added a new layer of printing.
I think this is promising. I am thinking on this one...
Permanent pen dots for this one.
These, you understand, are small experiments, not finished work, and totally expendable. I am trying out some new-to-me ways of working with prints on fabric. This is quite satisfying—even the part of finding out what I don't like. I'll keep fiddling and post what I like. I'm wondering how I might combine screenprinting with some of my other favorite techniques, other fabrics, stitching...