I've been doing a lot of brayer printing lately and have a wonderful piece of lacy fabric that makes a great pattern. I've heard a lot about PhotoEZ for screen printing and wanted to try it, so I decided to transform this image into a screen.
The first step was to paint the lace with black craft paint so it would show up when I scanned it into the computer. The resulting image came out with a lot of gray tones, so I manipulated it in my photo software so it was only black and white.
Then I decided to try the negative image to see what that was like.
I liked that better, so that is what I used to create the PhotoEZ screen. PhotoEZ is essentially a piece of mesh covered with photo emulsion. The website makes it sound so easy, but I was skeptical. It actually was very easy and came out perfectly the first time. Basically, you place a photocopy of the image on top of the emulsion covered mesh and let it sit in the sun for 5 minutes. (There is more to it than that, but it comes with complete directions.)
After washing out the softened emulsion, I had a screen ready to go.
Here is what the print looks like:
I love the idea of creating screens with some of the unique patterns I get with brayer printing. I think I'll be making a lot more of these. I hope it is a sunny spring!