This weekend Mr B was away in the back of beyond on a conference. The last time he was away I took myself down to London to see friends but this time I thought I would stay in Fife. I already had my screen printing workshop booked (more about this in a minute) for the Sunday, so just had to plan my Saturday. Me and Mr B have just had a friend move into the area, so it was a good chance for me to hang out with her and explore a bit of Fife too!
We ended up driving to Falkland, a tiny little picturesque village that had won “Britain in Bloom” recently (though this made me think of the village featured in the film ‘Hot Fuzz’ where all the locals!) and it was so cute. A palace with the world’s oldest tennis court, cute gift shops and a cafe in a loft which we visited for lunch! Apparently there is also a nice countryside walk and a waterfall, we missed those – you can probably tell that our priorities were to eat lunch and visit the gift shops.
There were some random sights though, for example there was a shop which had a sign saying “old and new violins for sale”, so naturally we assumed that it was a music shop. HOW WRONG WE WERE. Yes, there were violins, in a back room, but to get there you had to walk through what looked like a junk room with loads of old knick-knacks and ornaments. I was excited as I thought that perhaps I would find something fun and vintagey, but alas the most interesting (and horrifying) thing for sale was this…
Far less scary was Sunday’s day spent in an old chocolate factory in Leith. I was there for a screenprinting workshop at Lynsey Jean Henderson‘s studio. I had such a great day learning the process and then getting busy printing with the various materials, paints and graphics available. I had found a good wholesale website where I had ordered things like teatowels, mini bags and a tote bag, plus we were given a tote bag and teatowel, plus I had some spare fabric from a friend which was kindly donated to me.
The process of screen printing is basically the following:
- Ironing your fabric to make sure there’s no creases or lines, then taping it onto the ‘bed’ (the workstation) to keep it secure
- Covering any part of the screen that you don’t want to to appear on your finished fabric (there were lots of different fonts, animals and patterns to choose from)
- Choosing your fabric paint and putting a thick line of paint on the screen just above where the picture starts. (If you have two colours you can mix them in the middle to get a cool ‘disco’ effect)
- Using a squeegee blade to draw the paint towards you. Repeat once or twice, followed by a ‘dry’ repeat which is where you don’t drag the paint, but just push the paint which has already gone through.
- The moment of truth! Lift the screen up to see the finished result on the fabric.
- Leave a hairdryer on to quicken the drying of the paint while you wash and dry the screen and squeegee blade. Then hang up your item and start the process again
I have to say that I loved screen printing. I’m quite fussy about the craft that I do – nothing too fussy or detailed like sewing or embroidery for me! Therefore screen printing was good for me as I’m quite process driven (that’s probably why I like baking too!) and I still could be creative about the images and colours I used. Lynsey was a perfect tutor too – she left us to get on with it, and offered help and advice when we needed it. Below are a few of my creations – the dog is definitely my favourite! (Calling all blogging experts: Does anyone know how to not show the scary cat picture in the slideshow, even though I used it above nserted into the body of the blog?)
Have you tried out any new crafts recently that you’ve enjoyed – or ones that you’ve hated?