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Silkscreening Your Journal Sketches on Fabric at the July Meeting of the MCBA Visual Journal Collective

April 24, 2010

The MCBA Visual Journal Collective is having a printing on fabric workshop. Read the full post for details: new time, new place, and a small fee for this workshop.
Ever feel a journal sketch calls out to you for life outside your journal? Do you have a hankering to put that image on fabric? On a T-shirt? On fabric you can turn into bookcloth for your next journal? Then join us on Monday, July 19 at a special meeting of the MCBA Visual Journal Collective to learn how.

Fabric artist Karen Wallach is an instructor at the Textile Center. She has volunteered to teach this adult workshop on how to use the Therma Fax for translating our journal sketches into screens we can use for printing on fabric (or paper).

This is a special meeting of the Collective and we will be meeting at the Textile Center. This meeting will start promptly at 6:45 p.m. Because we are renting space at the Textile Center to use their equipment there is a FEE FOR THIS MEETING. The fee breaks down depending on your level of involvement as described below.

For organizational purposes it would be helpful if you would RSVP with your selected level of participation to roz@tcinternet.net; make “Fabric Printing Session” the subject line of your email.

Full Participation: $15.00
This includes your portion of the studio rental, fabric to test print on, inks, and $8.50 for your screen (which is reusable). You will need to bring Duct Tape. You will also need waste paper to stop ink from seeping through the fabric—newsprint (unprinted), brown craft paper, or paper grocery bags are all viable options. You may wish to bring additional fabric of your choice to print on, as well as T-shirts, tote bags, fabric that you’ll turn into book cloth for future journals, even papers that you want to print on. 

Full participation includes the creation of one screen from your artwork. You will need to bring a CARBON TONER photocopy of your black and white drawing.

The Carbon Toner photocopy (or print from a carbon toner printer) must be 4 x 6 inches. (Inkjet images will not work.) You will be shown how to burn a screen which you will use for printing. These screens can be rinsed and reused by you in a later printing session.

You will need to bring sheet plastic or hangers to transport your wet printed fabrics home. (Plastic that can be used to line your car’s back seat or floor for instance; or clip pant hangers that are great for holding wet fabric or paper.)

If you would like to print on cloth to be made into bookcloth independently (Roz will provide instructions for that process), you need to bring a tightly woven cotton fabric. Medium weight works best. (Avoid canvas for this purpose. Silk will work but it doesn’t wear well.) You will need to know the size book you wish to cover. Bring a piece of fabric that is 4 inches taller than the cover boards of your book that you’ll be covering, and 4 inches wider than (2 x the Width of the cover boards)  + (2 x the hinge width) + (the spine width) + 4 inches. For instance, if you are going to cover a book with 8 x 10 inch cover boards and a 1 inch spine and two hinges of 1/4 inch each you need a piece of bookcloth that is (16) + (1/2) + (1) + 4 inches for a total width of 20 1/2 inches; and the height of your fabric would need to be 14 inches.

Participation with pre-made screens only (no custom art): $7.50
This fee includes your portion of the studio rental, fabric to test print on, and inks. You will be using pre-made screens of Karen Wallach’s drawings (a variety of subjects). This gives you the opportunity to try the process without creating a screen of your own. You may bring additional fabric or paper of your choice to print on, etc., but you will be limited to the existing screens on hand. You will need to bring Duct Tape. You will also need waste paper to stop ink from seeping through the
fabric—newsprint (unprinted), brown craft paper, or paper grocery bags
are all viable options.

You will need to bring sheet plastic or hangers to transport your wet printed fabrics home. (Plastic that can be used to line your car’s back seat or floor for instance; or clip pant hangers that are great for holding wet fabric or paper.)

Observer Status: $3.00
This fee covers a portion of the studio rental and provides you with the studio tour, Karen’s demonstration and the opportunity to watch as others go through the process. There is no printing of any sort at this level.

Questions about Fabric or Supplies?
Contact Karen Wallach with questions about fabrics if you want to explore beyond cotton. Note that you can do this printing technique on fabrics that are already printed commercially. Please pre-wash your fabrics before the workshop.

Remember to RSVP
Please remember to RSVP with “Fabric Printing Session” in the subject line of your email, sent to roz@tcinternet.net. This will help with our planning process. 

Fees:
Fees are due at the start of the meeting, cash or check (made out to Karen Wallach). We will not be able to do VISA, PayPal, or debit cards.

About the MCBA Visual Journal Collective
The MCBA Visual Journal Collective is an adult program open to any adult journal keeper who wishes to learn more about journaling and, on July 19,  this particular technique.  (Children are not allowed at this meeting, even as observers.)

Whether you have been journaling for years or are a newcomer to visual journals, consider joining in the fun at this information, hands-on workshop.

For information about our other upcoming meetings please check out the Page, “MCBA Visual Journal Collective.” There you will find details on our other meetings, which are typically free.

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