Art Adventure: Screen Printing Workshop with Laura Slater at The Art House, Wakefield

On Thursday, 8th June 2017, I managed to get a cancellation booking to do a screen printing workshop with Laura Slater at The Art House in Wakefield. A few days beforehand, I got the cancellation booking on the Monday morning, I received an email explaining that I needed to have my image ready to print. This meant having the master image and then separating it into the different colour layers that were to be printed.

At first I was going to do my screen print of my cute cartoon cat characters so then I could experiment with different colour combinations, but while I was sketching them out my little doggy Jeffrey kept looking at me as if to say “why are you doing cats when you could be doing a picture of me?” So I did a few sketches of him then painted my final master design and made the separate colour layers ready for Thursday morning.

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The first thing we did on the Thursday morning was prepare our screens by applying a light-sensitive emulsion to the surface then leaving it to dry. While it was drying we photocopied each separate layer of our design onto acetate, doubling each layer up to make them even more opaque to stop the light getting through.

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Once the emulsion was dry and the acetates ready we could then use the exposing machine to transfer the designs onto the screens. We did this by putting the acetate, with the design the correct way round, on the glass top of the machine. The screen was then placed emulsion side down on top of the acetate and the rubber lid lowered over them.

Next the vacuum was turned on so the rubber lid formed a tight seal over the screens, stopping any movement that could happen during exposure, then the shutters on the exposure unit were opened so the light could get to the coated screens. These were left open on a preset timer so that they were exposed to the light for the correct amount of time.

After the screens had been exposed we then needed to wash away the areas that had been shielded from the light by the design. This is how the photo process works, the light- sensitive emulsion gets baked onto the screen when it’s exposed to the light. Any areas that weren’t exposed to the light due to the design blocking it out doesn’t get baked. These areas can then be washed off to let the ink through when printing. That’s why it works better to do your design in black to make it as opaque as possible to stop the light getting through.

While the screens were drying, after having the unbaked emulsion washed off, the next job was to mix the inks ready for printing with. I needed a background colour, obviously I went for purple which I made light to contrast with the darkness of the black and grey, then I needed a black and a grey for the body. In my original design I had a black body with grey highlights for the ears and nose. Sadly I had to change this slightly and swap them round as the grey wouldn’t have shown up printed on top of the black, but apart from the eyes I don’t think that it negatively affected it too much.

Once the screens were dry and the ink mixed then we were ready to start printing. As the layers needed to print on top of each other I started by printing my background. I was doing edition printing, this meant that I’d been printing the same thing over and over again so I’d have a set of prints that were all the same. The joy of hand printing means that each one would still be slightly different though.

After the background was printed they were left to dry and I cleaned the ink off the screen. I could then set up ready for the next layer of printing. This meant securing the screen in the hinges that held it in place on the printing board, then lining up the background image to the screen so that it would print in the right place. Using masking tape on the corners of the paper to help register the next one in the same place.

You may remember from the blog post that I wrote a few months ago about my older work, read it here, that when I was studying A level printmaking I always felt that my registration let me down. So it was nice when Laura told me that it’s those things that make hand printing different to being perfectly printed by a machine. The so called mistakes or errors make each one unique even when it’s part of an edition. This made me feel a lot better and more positive towards that older work.

For the last layer of printing I again had to line up the paper with the new screen, using masking tape to help register the rest to the same spot. Also using the acetate print outs to help with this step too. Then it was time to leave them to dry and wash up the screens etc.

I really enjoyed the workshop, it was nice to go back to screen printing after the 15 or so years since I did it at college.

Till next time

Take care

Purple Faye x

purplefaye.co.uk

£20 3D Picture Workshops

***3D Picture Workshops Offer**

Make Your Own 3D Picture with Purple Faye in her Pontefract Studio

Only £20 (all materials included)*

Booking is required as places are limited

Take approx 2-3hoursSuitable for all ages (children must have adult supervision)

*Please note that this doesn’t include the painting stage

Transform ordinary cardboard and modroc into your very own beautiful artwork to treasure forever.

The workshops will focus on using artist Purple Faye’s techniques with cardboard and modroc to get you to the painting stage of your masterpiece.

Participants will be guided through the process by artist Purple Faye and given hands on help to produce their own 3D Picture.

Starting with the drawing stage, then moving on to manipulating the cardboard to make it 3D and finally sculpting the modroc to get the 3D Picture ready for the painting stage (which isn’t included in this workshop).

All materials and tools needed will be provided.

By the end of the workshops participants will have created their own 3D Picture up to the modroc stage, which can then be taken home and painted to keep or to give as a gift.

**Booking is required as places are limited**

Book your place by emailing: info@purplefaye.co.uk

These workshops are suitable for all levels, from beginners to more experienced artists/crafters. Please wear old clothes that you don’t mind getting messy. Bring pictures of anything that you’d like to make your 3D Picture of.

Studio Address:
1st Floor
Pearl Assurance House
1-3 Horsefair
Pontefract
West Yorkshire
WF8 1PE

(Above the Broken Bridge Wetherspoons Pub, entance is via the Fitness Solutions Doorway round the other side to the pub, then follow the signs for Purple Faye)

If you can’t make it to a workshop then kits are available to buy too

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Purple Faye x
purplefaye.co.uk

 

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School Holidays 3D Picture Workshops

***School Holidays Workshops Offer**

Make Your Own 3D Picture with Purple Faye in her Pontefract Studio for only £20

Days: Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Morning-Afternoon-Evening
(other days/times available on request)

**Booking is required as places are limited**

Transform ordinary cardboard and modroc into your very own beautiful artwork to treasure forever.

The workshops will focus on using artist Purple Faye’s techniques with cardboard and modroc to get you to the painting stage of your masterpiece.

Taking approx 2-3 hours these workshops are suitable for all ages (adult supervision will be required for children)

Participants will be guided through the process by artist Purple Faye and given hands on help to produce their own 3D Picture.

Starting with the drawing stage, then moving on to manipulating the cardboard to make it 3D and finally sculpting the modroc to get the 3D Picture ready for the painting stage (which isn’t included in this workshop).

All materials and tools needed will be provided.

By the end of the workshops participants will have created their own 3D Picture up to the modroc stage, which can then be taken home and painted to keep or to give as a gift.

**Booking is required as places are limited**

Book by emailing: info@purplefaye.co.uk

These workshops are suitable for all levels, from beginners to more experienced artists/crafters. Please wear old clothes that you don’t mind getting messy. Bring pictures of anything that you’d like to make your 3D Picture of.
Studio Address:
1st Floor
Pearl Assurance House
1-3 Horsefair
Pontefract
West Yorkshire
WF8 1PE

(Above the Broken Bridge Wetherspoons Pub, entance is via the Fitness Solutions Doorway round the other side to the pub, then follow the signs for Purple Faye)

If you can’t make it to a workshop then kits are available to buy too

 

Purple Faye x
purplefaye.co.uk

1st 3D Acrylic Painting Workshop at Purple Faye’s Pontefract Studio

Last Saturday (12th March 2016) I did the first workshop in my new Pontefract studio. Laura had done a workshop with me before when I had the shop space in Castleford, so it was nice to see her again.

Here’s what she made…..

 

If you’d like to make your own 3D Acrylic Painting with me in my Pontefract studio you can book in by emailing: info@purplefaye.co.uk

Studio Address:
1st Floor
Pearl Assurance House
1-3 Horsefair
Pontefract
West Yorkshire
WF8 1PE

 

A bit more about the workshops:

Workshops: Make Your Own 3D Acrylic Painting with Purple Faye

Transform ordinary cardboard and modroc into your very own beautiful 3D Acrylic Painting to treasure forever.

The workshops will focus on using artist Purple Faye’s techniques with cardboard, modroc and acrylic paint to make 3D Acrylic Paintings at her studio in Pontefract.
 
Participants will be guided through the process by artist Purple Faye and given hands on help to produce their own 3D Acrylic Painting.
 
Starting with drawing, then manipulating the cardboard and modroc, finishing by painting with acrylic paints.
 
All materials and tools needed will be provided.
 
Time to allow the modroc to dry will be required so participants can choose to complete their 3D Acrylic Painting over one full day (with a refreshment break to allow for the modroc to dry) or over two half days.
 
(Choose between Thursday, Friday or Saturday)
 
By the end of the workshops participants will have created their own 3D Acrylic Painting to take home and keep or give as a gift.
 
How to Book
 
Book by emailing: info@purplefaye.co.uk

 

Prices

(All materials and tools needed included)

*Please note that children must be accompanied by adult supervision*

£35 per adult (making one 3D Acrylic Painting each)

£40 per adult + 1 child (making one 3D Acrylic Painting together)

 

These workshops are suitable for all levels, from beginners to more experienced artists/crafters. Please wear old clothes that you don’t mind getting messy. Bring pictures of anything that you’d like to make your 3D Acrylic Painting of.

 

Studio Address:
1st Floor
Pearl Assurance House
1-3 Horsefair
Pontefract
West Yorkshire
WF8 1PE

 

How to Book

Book by emailing info@purplefaye.co.uk

 

If you can’t make it to a workshop then kits are available to buy too

 

I look forward to hearing from you.

Till next time

Take care

Purple Faye x
purplefaye.co.uk

Make Your Own 3D Acrylic Painting with Purple Faye: Halloween Workshops

Make Your Own 3D Acrylic Painting with Purple Faye: Halloween Workshops

Pumpkin

TRICK OR TREAT!!!

Friday 30th October from 2pm and
Saturday 31st October from 11am

Book by emailing: info@purplefaye.co.uk

*SPECIAL OFFER PRICE*
ONLY £20 per person all inc

(usually £35 per adult, £40 1 adult + 1 child making one together)

*Please note that children must be accompanied by adult supervision*

Transform ordinary cardboard and modroc into your very own beautiful 3D Acrylic Painting to treasure forever

Why not make a Halloween decoration to scare and delight your family and friends with year after year?

Choose which day you’d prefer or split it over the 2 days – Friday 30th October afternoon start at 2pm
Saturday 31st October Morning start at 11am

Take as long as you need to create your masterpiece with me

If you’d prefer to have a one on one workshop on a different day, get in touch so we can arrange it info@purplefaye.co.uk

TRICK OR TREAT!!!!

Studio Address:
1st Floor
Pearl Assurance House
1-3 Horsefair
Pontefract
West Yorkshire
WF8 1PE

Hope to see you there, it is lots of fun to do 🙂

Take care

Purple Faye x
purplefaye.co.uk

Workshop: Make Your Own 3D Acrylic Painting with Purple Faye

The first workshop in my studio in Pontefract will be on
Saturday 10th October

10:30am – 4:30pm
(booking is required)

LIMITED PLACES

*SPECIAL OFFER PRICE*
ONLY £20 per person all inc

(usually £35 per adult, £40 1 adult + 1 child making one together)

To book email: info@purplefaye.co.uk

Transform ordinary cardboard and modroc into your very own beautiful 3D Acrylic Painting to treasure forever

The perfect one of a kind gift

BOOK NOW, OR MISS OUT

*Please note that children must be accompanied by adult supervision*

Studio Address:

1st Floor

Pearl Assurance House

1 – 3 Horsefair

Pontefract

West Yorkshire

WF8 1PE

Till next time

Take care

Purple Faye x

purplefaye.co.uk