I pulled a new trick out of the box recently – a technique I would never have imagined myself – thanks to Maggi Birchenough on the And Then We Set It On Fire Blog.  You can find explicit directions over there.

Pellon, or in the UK, Vilene, Emulsion Screens actually begin with a soy wax resist on a piece of medium weight interfacing.  That gets painted over with a couple of coats of latex paint.  After that’s thoroughly dried you rub the soy wax out with your fingers under hot water.   Tape that to the back of a silk screen and you have yourself a positive, reusable screen. More endless possibilities!

Soy Wax Emulsion Screen
Soy Wax Emulsion Screen, this has 2 of them printed, one over another.
Soy Wax Emulsion Screen 2. I used this screen to overprint on a previously printed piece of fabric.

Although Maggi warns that you probably want to use this for fairly crisp images,  I thought I’d try out one screen that has a blurred line look and it turns out I like this for some applications. If I wanted a crisper print of the leafy image, I could go back in and paint out all but the leaf itself.

Pellon Screen
Soy wax emulsion screen 3

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The natural world is phenomenal and so much of the man-made world - our architecture, our cities - are stunning accomplishments. They exist hand in hand in both beautiful expressions and sometimes disastrous manifestations. Our entire existence with the natural and the invented is intertwined – each dependent on the other, even as my art evolves, each breathing in the wake of the other. Surface design is one aspect of the process that I love. I thoroughly enjoy the play with color, value and construct, particularly the improvisation which starts with one thing, an idea, a glimpse of a vision, perhaps something that captures my eye for a moment in time and it grows organically. I become focused on whatever piece I'm working on and follow my muse to find my way.

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