New Year, New Craft

A fun, simple and creative DIY that is personalized and will look great in any home.
As most of you know, I am taking a course through Parsons University and Teen Vogue. One of my recent assignments was to silk screen any piece of fabric. Silk screening is the process of using silk screen ink on a piece of fabric to create a unique design on the fabric. The video they showed to teach the students (me!) how to do this showed us how to silk screen stripes.  I took the basics it taught me and used the techniques to do something creative and personalized. I had a lot of fun with this assignment and being so creative with it paid off. Friends and family have been asking me for instructions since I finished it, so I decided to share this simple, fun DIY with you. Keep reading for instructions, and to find out more about the course, check the “Contact Me” page for details about where to email me and where to find me on social media.

Materials:

*These can be found in any craft or fabric store*

  1. Pencils and erasers 
  2. A ruler
  3. Paper (for sketches)
  4. Scissors
  5. A 24 x 24″ piece of any fabric– I used Muslin and it worked well, you can also use heavy canvas, or any fabric without a pattern already on it.
  6. Newspaper or plastic-this is to cover your work surface. It’s optional, I chose not to use it and paid the price as the ink travelled straight through the fabric onto my tablecloth.
  7. Latex or rubber gloves– these are optional as well. I used them, but gave up about half-way through the project. The ink I used was water based and came off my hands and the brushes easily with some warm water.
  8. Tape– I recommend masking tape or hockey tape, as these stick well to the fabric, but any strong tape will do. This is to section off areas where you do not want ink.
  9. Brushes in varying sizes– I used everything from big brushes to small detailing brushes. Whatever you have around the house will do, or pick some up from the local craft store. The size of the brushes depends on the design.
  10. Paper plates–  if you intend to mix colours.
  11. Silk screen ink– I was able to find a starter kit at my local art supply store, but they sell this in craft stores as well. Look for water-based ink for easy clean-up.
  12. A large, clean flat surface to work on– avoid cluttered or small areas, things could get messy quick.

Steps: 

  1. Begin with a rough sketch of your design on paper. Even doodles will do, so don’t spend too  much time on it. This is just because it’s a lot easier to change things you don’t like on paper, rather than on fabric
  2. Lay out your fabric on a clean, flat surface. I recommend taping the fabric to the surface for this step.
  3. Sketch out your design onto the fabric. Do this lightly and in pencil, so that the ink covers the markings later, and so that it’s still possible to erase and change the things you don’t like.
  4. Place tape over the areas of the fabric that you do not want covered in ink yet (or at all!). For example, I wanted my design to have stripes in the background, with a big flower and the words “Summer Lovin'” in the foreground. So I taped over the stripes I did not want coloured at all, as well as the flower and the words. Make sure to leave the tape over the edge of the fabric so it is easier to remove. I also ran over the tape with the edge of my ruler to make sure that it was really stuck to the fabric.
  5. Then, paint the areas without tape on them. Don’t worry if you get some ink on the tape, that’s what it’s there for.IMG_1227
  6. Allow this to dry partially (about half an hour) before removing the tape. Then, allow the fabric to dry completely. I let it dry overnight, but if you’re short on time (or patience), about four hours should do it.
  7. Begin painting your other designs. The lines on my design were so thin that it would have been impossible for me to tape them again. If this is the case for your design as well, I’d recommend lightly painting the edges of your design to provide a border, and then filling in the empty space using a fairly small brush, depending on the size of the area.IMG_1240IMG_1241IMG_1249Summer Lovin' Silkscreen Ink+ Muslin
  8. Allow this to completely dry and voila! Your fabric is complete. For extra fun, turn it into a mini tapestry. You can do this by poking holes in the top, attaching grommets, and threading a rope through them. Not sure what grommets are or how to go about grommeting? Stay tuned for a tutorial on that, or, hole punch the top and thread a rope through those holes. Use glue on the edges of the holes to make sure the fabric doesn’t fray.

Be sure to share your creations with me on social media!  I’d love to see how creative you guys can get with this DIY, so tag me in the post to make sure I see them. Click the links to my Twitter and Instagram profiles below to see more about my life, and be sure to share this post with your friends.

Until Next Time!

Xx,

Sofia

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