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Silk Screening 101 in March

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

By Lorna Nakell

On Sunday, March 8th I took the Silk Screening 101 class at DIY Lounge at collage on Alberta.  This class was taught by Nicole Cipriano.  I have a small amount of print making experience but have always wanted to take a silk screening class to learn more techniques for printing multiple images.  This was a great class for someone like me with a small amount of experience, but also for those with no experience.  Because the class size was so small (only 4 students) we all received a good amount of assistance with the process. 

The four hour class gave me enough time to make several prints.  I used the time to experiment with a variety of papers.  I was so happy with the outcome of my printed design that after the class was over I integrated two of the prints I made into a project I was working on outside the class.  Below are photos from the class as well as a painting I made incorporating the prints as a collaged element.

Students printed on cotton fabrics as well as paper.  Nicole made fabric inks and other water-based inks available for experimentation.

Nicole built our screens for us and prepped them with photo emulsion.  This is my screen with a typewriter image all ready for inking.

One of the students is practicing putting emulsion on a screen with a rubber squeegee.

This was the setup Nicole designed for burning the photo image onto the screen.

This is the finished painting/collage I made in the weeks following the class.  It incorporates two of the silk screen typewriter images I made in the class.

Design a Tote Contest

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Create an original design or tagline for Community Energy Project‘s new reusable tote bags! Winners will receive a free bag featuring their design that’s filled with conservation materials. Your design should be square and should have enough resolution to print 9×9 clearly. The design should be family-friendly, and must be either black and white or two-color. Please email if you would like an electronic version of our logo. Community members, volunteers, and staff will vote on the designs. The winners will receive a tote filled with conservation materials with their design and tagline on it.

Please mail your submissions to: or bring to Sherrie Smith at 422 NE Alberta Street, Portland, OR 97211. Deadline: 3/31/09.

(Note: This opportunity was taken from the Regional Arts Commission web site.  collage and DIY Lounge are not responsible for any incorrect content related to this posting.)

Handmade Nation

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Feast your eyes on a fascinating indie craft documentary that will be playing at the Museum of Contemporary Craft.

Show Times: Friday, April 3, at 7:30 pm and Saturday, April 4, at 12 noon at the museum. Get your tickets now before they sell out.  Purchase tickets

Friday: Join director Faythe Levine for the Northwest premiere of Handmade Nation, the documentary companion to the book Handmade Nation. Tickets to the Northwest premiere include a Handmade Nation tote bag filled with crafty goodness. A brief Q&A with Levine will follow the screening. Doors open at 7 pm. Please enter at 720 NW Davis Street, 2nd Floor. ($25)

Saturday: Join director Faythe Levine for a screening of Handmade Nation. Doors open at 11:30 am. A free panel discussion with director Faythe Levine, Susan Beal, Jill Bliss, Kate Bingaman-Burt, and Garth Johnson will follow at 2 pm. Participate in a Crochet-a-thon with artist Mandy Greer from 4 to 6 pm. ($10)

Also, Sunday April 5th is Crafty Wonderland’s third birthday and the director of Handmade Nation, Faythe Levine, will be there signing copies of her book.  We hope to see you there!