October 1, 2010

Freeform Screen Printing - discharge -

The following screen prints are part of my homework for a bonus project of Lyric Kinard's "Freeform Screen Printing" lessons.

The fabrics used are my clean-up cloths.
I use dried soda-soaked pieces of fabric to catch spilled dyes during mixing powders and making solutions.
Every time the resulting mix of colours after a final wash is a surprise.

Discharge printing

Discharge printing is removing colour from fabric. I used Jacquard's discharge paste for natural fabrics and the butterfly stencils I made for printing with a masking film (lesson 2).

The first fabric shows a mildly use of discharge paste (click on each picture for a better view):

On the second fabric I used more discharge paste by doing 2 passes with the paste through the screen.
The result was a more pronounced print. I tried to soften that by slightly shifting the screen from the first print:

For a realistic view, I added wing patterns and a butterfly body to both samples by sponging fabric paint through a stencil.

This short description does not cover the complete bonus lesson. For knowledge of all the do's and do not's I highly recommend following the on-line course given by Lyric Kinard at Quilt University:
Thank you for your visit!


  1. Thanks for sharing such interesting techniques! I love reading your blog.

  2. Both samples are lovely. I particularly like the subtle effect of the first one.

  3. I may have to take this class. Those butterfly designs on your fabulous cloth are amazing.

  4. Ooh! I love that first one!

  5. Wonderful! Thank you for sharing such wonderful things with us.

  6. Beautiful fabric...you are very talented. I love the one with the butterflies. Congrats on your two year blog anniversary.


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