11.08.2010

Screen-Printing Madness and a Giveaway

Recently, Lynn over at Fibra Artysta  offered to make me my own screen so I could try my hand at screen-printing. Of course I wanted to try it! So I sent her a little drawing. . .

. . .and in two blinks she turned it into my very own custom screen! woohoo! You can barely see it, but my skelly dudes are on there. Using the screen was really an easy process. Dylan and I figured it out right away. We taped some freezer paper to the table (just to protect it), taped the fabric down too, then taped the screen on top.
Then we smudged the special screen-printing paint across the screen. Ideally, we would have used the proper squeegee tool (although I don't know how anything with a name as silly as squeegee can be proper in any way), but we didn't have such a thing so we just used the edge of a flattened macaroni and cheese box. It worked! In minutes we had our own little skelly society.
Then we cut one out, sewed it to some polka-dotted fabric, stuffed it, added a little color here and there, and gave it stick limbs. Now it's all ready for the upcoming festivities! Who says skellies are just for Halloween? Now I'm addicted and want to make more and more and more!
And guess what?
FibraArtysta  is offering up a give-away prize to one lucky commenter so YOU can try it too! The giveaway is for one large screen and one bottle of paint. The winner can choose a ready-to-print design or they can send her an image for a custom screen. And they choose their own color of paint too. Sweet!

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Just leave a comment on this post to enter.
Good luck!

53 comments:

  1. That is really neat. Would be great for christmas ornaments.

    Debbie

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  2. that's so cool! i would love to try something like that!
    blessings
    ~*~

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  3. That is incredibly COOL!!! I love how the prints came out Jo! I'd love to try this too.. hmmm... Christmas cards?? :)

    Thanks for sharing this!

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  4. That sounds like so much fun!!
    We couldn't get the skelly pattern, could we???

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  5. Halloween scream printing...Please count me in.

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  6. Love the skellies! Not just for Halloween at all :)

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  7. oh my I love the skellies and the whole idea wonderful wonderful

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  8. The skellies look amazing! I'd love to try silk screening, what a wonderful giveaway! Thanks Jo & FibraArtysta! Deb

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  9. Very cool Jo! Thanks for sharing this idea and new "friend" with us! :)

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  10. This is so super cool! Thanks for reviewing this, I think I'd get hooked!

    shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

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  11. Your work is always delightful! You two make a wonderful team.
    I already have an idea for a screen...

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  12. How cool is that! Makes me want to make skellies too! Twyla Marti

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  13. That is so cool! I love the they are totally custom!!!

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  14. Love Screen Printing. What a great giveaway. The Skellies are really cute!

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  15. I love the skellies with their stick limbs!

    I recently taught myself how to print onto fabric using linocuts. I want to learn screenprinting too.

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  16. This has to be the best giveaway ever. Thanks so much for the draw! Cheers, HeatherB.

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  17. Ooooooh! What a cool way to make lots & lots of your wonderful skellies, Jo! And I do, I do, I DOOOOO want to be included in the drawing! After all, I too have a macaroni box! LOL! Hugs!

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  18. Thanks to Fibra Artysta for pointing me your way, your dolls and other arty stuff is wonderful and gives me a smile. Very cool!

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  19. Very cool. Your skellies are great! Would love to win a screen & the paint to go with it!

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  20. Those are sooo cute! It's like a skellie party! Can't you just hear them playing "Dead Man's Party" on the sound system? They'd be dancing around and flailing those little arms and legs!

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  21. Those are way too cute!! You could string a bunch up and have a garland. What a great way to decorate!

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  22. I added myself to follow your blog. You are more than welcome to visit mine and become a follower if you want to.

    God Bless You :-)

    ~Ron

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  23. Would love to try out the screenprints. your doll turned out great!

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  24. I want to be an artist too!!! Skellies for every occasion!! Love your work...Hebo, Or.

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  25. This is absoluetly cool! I worked as a silk-screen final art drawer many years ago, and it's so wonderful to see it here! Your skulls look incredible! I'd love to try it with my Goddess designs... ;)

    Kisses from Nydia.

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  26. I have been wanting to try my hand at screens and I love the skelly too cool

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  27. I would love to try them. You had great fun with them.

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  28. As always, you inspire me to make time to be creative... Thanks so much for sharing!

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  29. I have been wanting to try screen printing for awhile but i have so many directions to be pulled that i daren't think about it. however, i'd love to be in the mix.

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  30. I have one screen and I'm game for another! Maybe I'll design my own this time. Love your screen of the skellies.

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  31. Count me in! It's a neat idea too.

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  32. Yayyyyy! I love your skellies, and I love these screens - I have been intending to buy a couple for months but cash has been tight, so I had to put it on hold. And win one for freeee you say? Awesome! *fingers crossed*

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  33. Oh yes, Lynn's designs are fantastic. Thank you so much for the opportunity.

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  34. I love the use of the macaroni box!

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  35. Love your skellies, and other dolls you've posed photos of, thanks for the opportunity.

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  36. Your screen print turned out great!

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  37. Absolutely fabulous! I'd love LOVE love to get my hands on one! :)

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  38. Ooooh...the mischief I could get into with something like this!
    : )
    This looks like so much fun!
    (Finger-crossing begins in 3...2...1...)

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  39. How cool is that! I'd love to give this a try. I'm going to go check out her site now. Thanks for sharing. Maria

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  40. Screen printing can take the imagination in so many new directions =)

    ~kate
    Oma's Patch

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  41. Love this giveaway!

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  42. Now that is cool! A great idea for kid friendly dolls, if the paint is non-toxic. Super cute skellies, Jo & Dylan.

    -Becky.

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  43. What a Fantabulous giveaway!!!

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  44. I love how your skellies turn out Joee!
    I can see how this screen print could really be fun!

    Leah

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  45. yippee squeegee goodness! can it be that easy? loving it.

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  46. I'd love to win this prize, I want to try screen printing but the screens are too expensive right now for me.

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  47. Your screen printing idea is great. What a good way to embellish lots of things around your home and studio - screen print dollies, pillows, curtains, t-shirts a dog bed . . . I could go on and on! It certainly would be fun to make up my own design and fancy up the studio!

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  48. I'm curious about screen printing, and have looked at various 'kits'. I love the idea of the mac and cheese box... I think I can try this much 'cheaper' than I thought!!

    I'm not one to win, but enter me...I could be on a lucky streak!!!

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  49. I haven't tried screen printing in years, would be fun to try again!

    Lori

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  50. This is so awesome! I hope my name gets picked!!!
    Thank you for such a generous giveaway!
    Sylvia
    anaboocreationsbysylvia.blogspot.com

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  51. coolest. thing. ever.

    I have a book on screen-printing. I so want to learn how to do this, for all kinds of reasons. Yours came out wonderfully!

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  52. wow..this is awesome.....your skelly screen is fab. Your whimsical creations always bring a smile to my face!

    Love, violette

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