Saturday, July 11, 2009

Free Slurpee Day

What's a cheapskate's favorite word? FREE!

What's this cheapskate's favorite drink? Slurpees!

So you know that today is pretty much a national holiday for this girl because it's 7/11 and all 7-11 stores are offering free slurpees all day! Go get yours!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Simple Screen Printing

For the grand finale of the printmaking class I'll be teaching this summer, students are going to screen print their own Tshirts. Of course, I needed to test it out first, and of course I wanted to make one of my designs on a shirt anyway, so of course I wanted to pass along this information to you!

Instead of buying expensive screens, filler, and squeegies, I found a fantastic tool while looking at art supplies on It's called Scratch-a-Print and it's so insanely easy and affordable. You get 10 screens for about $10.00.

First, draw your design on a piece of paper. The Scratch-a-Print kit comes with a piece of cardboard the size of the image, which you can trace on paper, then create your drawing inside the box. Make sure it is a line drawing, without gradients. Cross-hatching is OK, but try not to scribble in solid shapes as this will tear the screen. Trace the drawing with a fine Sharpie.

Following the directions on the kit, place the screen on top of the drawing (using a Sharpie helps see through the blue screen). Tape the paper to the table, and tape the screen to the paper, creating a hinge. Pressing hard, trace the design onto the screen through the mylar sheet. Lift the screen and make sure all of your lines are there.

Now remove the mylar sheet (keep it in case you need to darken the lines again) and tape the screen onto a clean piece of paper, creating a hinge. Using a foam brush or roller, apply any kind of water-based paint over the screen. If you're using a foam brush, dab it up and down, making sure to cover all of the lines. Take a peek and make sure the lines are coming out dark enough. If not, set the screen down and apply paint again.

Once your print is good, GENTLY rinse the screen with water. Do not use much water pressure at all, and be seriously gentle with the tissue-like screen. Rub with your fingers to unclog the lines and dry the screen between two paper towels.

Now let's print it onto a Tshirt! Mark with masking tape the size of the screen, and tape the screen down to the shirt, forming a hinge like before. Don't forget to put a piece of cardboard inside the shirt to protect the back.

Apply fabric paint with a foam brush or roller, just like before. Peek underneath the screen to make sure it's dark enough and add more paint if needed. You could also think about using more than one color in your design.

Follow the directions on the fabric paint for care - most paints require heat treatment with an iron.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Two Fridas & Two Jo Annes

I'll be teaching a portraiture class in a couple of weeks, and one of my lessons is inspired by this painting:

I plan to have them paint themselves sitting next to... themselves, like Frida did. They can pair themselves in the past with themselves in the present or future, or any combination that they want to represent. They also think about color, symbolism, and how they have changed over the years.

I made an example to spark conversation and to give them ideas. I really feel that it's important to show my work if I expect them to show me theirs.

What kind of symbolism do you see?