1 November marks World Author Day, which is celebrated in over 100 countries worldwide. It’s a time of admiring and honouring those creative souls who we look to for insight and escape, so let’s have some fun with literary-themed screen printing projects for yourself or your school classes.
Write word art poetry
You can applaud the written word of your top authors with a screen printed poem of your own. Take a photocopy of one of their book pages, then set to work with scissors to create phrases – or alternatively, black out words until you build a poem on the page. Then, recreate these phrases with a screen print design on a tea towel or tote bag. They’ll be your words, but they’ll also include the essence of your favourite writer.
Wear your heart on your sleeve
T-shirt slogans are one of the more effective ways to demonstrate your love for an author’s work – and to identify any fellow enthusiasts! Find inside jokes or references from the books and work on producing a print that captures these in a witty or graphically stunning way. Simplicity often works best, whether it’s a text-based or illustrated style. Stick to water based fabric screen printing ink and soft organic cotton for a high quality print.
Design fictional travel posters
Do you love the works of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien or George R. R. Martin? Set yourself the challenge of creating destination posters for Narnia, Bag End or Westeros, making them appealing and intriguing to those who haven’t ‘been’ there yet. These could be put up in the library or enjoyed in your own house. If you need to match colours, Permaset’s Permatone textile and fabric ink range has gained organic approval by the Soil Association in the UK. That means you won’t need to worry about volatile solvents or harsh fumes while you’re printing.
Create a fanzine
You could choose to bring all of these elements together and create a fanzine for your favourite author or book. This could include quotes, images, details like floor plans or maps of fictional locations, and your own thoughts and musings in vivid screen print paint. The advantage of screen printing this is that you can quickly and easily produce high quality, limited edition batches of these zines to be given away or sold to other fans. Lots of work? Sure. Lots of fun to put together? Definitely!
Screen printing is a fantastic activity for school-aged kids – it helps them to develop their motor skills, expand on their lessons and have a lot of fun in the process. It’s a creative and safe process when using the right organic screen printing inks like Permaset’s water based products, so get stuck into these school projects!
Space Week is set to hit with a big bang from 4-10 October, celebrating everything about space exploration, travel and research throughout 86 countries. In 2017 the theme is ‘Exploring New
Worlds in Space’, so let’s discover some far-out ideas for designs including the use of our glow-in-the-dark screen printing ink.
Nerd out on spacecraft
Love spaceships, space stations and escape pods? You could design your own intergalactic spacecraft to screen print, honour NASA’s back catalogue of vehicular designs or sketch out your own floor plan of the Millennium Falcon. Extra points for glow-in-the-dark details.
Create designs around constellations
Stars are a rich source of inspiration for making prints with water based silkscreen ink. Print up a simple star pattern or recreate your favourite constellation on cotton textiles. You could even create a connect-the-dots design using glowing stars. The sky is literally the limit…
If you are searching for inspiration for your next screen printing project why not take a look at European folk art for something bright, bold and distinctive? Much of the traditional artwork from Austria, Poland, Russia, Hungary and throughout Scandinavia incorporates bold designs, symmetry and colour that lends itself perfectly to screen printing designs. Celebrate any European heritage and take a page out of the folk art style book by experimenting with these design basics.
Screen printing has been around for centuries, but that doesn’t mean modern technology can’t make the process even more effective and creative. These are our top 4 picks for apps in 2017 that can take your screen printing to the next level.
Have you spotted the perfect colour scheme for your next T-shirt design in a birthday cake or a plant, but don’t know how to identify the hues? You need Sip Colour on your phone. This free iPhone app allows you to select colours and colour schemes in one easy snap, then adjust hue, saturation and brightness for the perfect result. All you need to do next is convert the Hex codes to Pantone values and mix your Permaset Permatone inks for the perfect match.