Today I had a new adventure I've not done in many years, silkscreening. This has changed so much since I've last done this. Now you can get a small home unit to do silkscreening at home. It's called HUDO. My friend Stefanie is very talented and tries many different things with no fear so this was a natural for her. She called me to come over and be her helper. Her Hudo is brand new and she had never used it till today. It was fun. We printed about 40 aprons and as many tote bags.
After we had the screen burned and ready to go we stopped and Stefanie took me to lunch at a near by very sweet little restaurat called Barbara's. You would never know this was a restaurant from the outside. Their sign on the street is tiny and you can miss it in a blink. But the food was wonderful. It's southern home cooking and very yummy. So we had a great lunch and on our way back to her house we passed this little house that said Chocolate Shop?
I asked her about it and she said she had never been there. I said today is the day and swished into the parking lot. When we opened the door the smell of chocolate was everywhere and sent my senses into over drive. We got a small box to sample some of their selection. These are all hand made from the owner's daughter's recipes. This was the little selection we tried out.
Then back to work and after a little adjustment and getting used to the hudo machine, we were cranking out aprons and tote bags at a pretty good pace. We got all of them done and they were laying everywhere in Stefanie's dining room and even oozed into her living room. They pretty much air dry in a short time and then need to be heat set. From what Stef said white is the hardest color to print, but we had pretty good luck with it on the dark navy fabrics.
I'm wondering now how this would work on fabrics for fiber art. Maybe a nice hand dyed fabric and then print a design on it? hum...has many possibilities. We plan on doing this again when we're not in such a rush and can be a little more creative with it. She is already planning on a 3 color design for her next printing session. It was a fun day.