Monday, September 17, 2012

The Trouble with Yellow

Recently a customer asked me to do some teatowels in yellow. I've never done much printing with this colour before - the closest I've got is a burnt orange. 
So lots of experimenting and large quantities of ink were used last week to try to produce some "nice" yellows. It is definitely the hardest colour I have had to print with - very difficult to predict the final outcome on my unbleached and oatmeal teatowels - and even on cream. So there were lots of test colours on strips of cloth and by the time I had found something I liked I had forgotten the proportions - of course I had not methodically written them down.
After a few disasters I found that mustard is yellow with a touch of brown (from a Google search of course) so that was one success eventually. But is mustard yellow? Too much yellow with white and brown turns the ink a vivid garish orange. Some might like this I suppose but I prefer more subtle colours. Even using yellow straight from the Permaset pot on cream linen is too bright for me. Another hurdle - if the mixed colour is too light and transparent, the print disappears on unbleached linen. I finally discovered using white (a mixture of standard white and supercover white) and yellow produces an attractive lemon colour. 


So it's off to the library to find more information on colour theory and colour mixing, and a closer look at the colour wheel tool!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Etsy Treasury - My First Attempt

I have been meaning to create a Treasury for some time but have never got around to it. Then I discovered a tool that makes the whole process very simple - shmetsy. I have featured screen printers - of course - a mix of Australian artists and from the rest of the world. My theme is celebrating the end of winter in the southern hemisphere, but also acknowledging the artistic inspiration generated by the colours of winter. So here it is (created using this tool)

Grey and White Screen Printed Stunners                                        

Screen printed grey...
$20.00

Tea Towel 'Grey...
$29.00

Owls in Cool Grey -...
$17.00

stormy weather in a...
$8.00

Tea Towel- Organic ...
$18.00

GRAY SCARF- Screen ...
$32.00

INFINITY SCARF - Sc...
$30.00

Leaves Grey Charcoa...
$14.00

Wobbly drop in grey...
$50.00

Braemore Moroccan S...
$30.00

Dotty Leaves - hand...
$5.50

Gray linen- hand s...
$30.00

Arrows cushion cove...
$25.00

Moose hand screen p...
$22.00

TYPE screen printed...
$10.00

Little Bird in grey...
$22.00