Anytime Mon Voir works on a screen printing project (like this one! or this one!), we work with the fabulous Jill Fawcett of Studio Mama's. She also happens to be my mom! Awhile back, when I was first getting started with Mon Voir and was exploring different printing options, my sweet madre took a screen printing class so we could work together. Since then, she's gone on to build a wonderful client base and be featured throughout the wedding, floral and design communities. And if all of that wasn't enough, all of the profits from Studio Mama's are split and donated to Casa de Mi Familia — an orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico — and Samaritan Creations — a center for helping women succeed through creative endeavors as an alternative to the sex trade in Bangkok, Thailand.
We took a quick field trip over to her light-filled home to share a peek into her screen printing process using a vows piece I calligraphed.
First things first — layin' out materials, taking stock, and choosing colors. Each project requires a different ink color, which is custom-mixed from different colors. Prior to printing, the design is transferred to the screen. The design is printed on a film that is then "burned" into the screen via a chemical process, similar to the way film is developed.
Next up, looking at the screens to make sure they are clean and ready for a fresh pull of ink.
On to laying the screen down on the work area, making sure the printing area on the screen is centered. The screen has to be locked in place so that the design comes through cleanly and sharply.
After spraying down a light adhesive so our beautiful linen fabric stays put while we ink it up, my mom lays down the fabric and smooths it out.
Mix up the ink! Fun fact: empty Talenti gelato containers make wonderful ink pots. Next: laying down the ink line.
Time to pull with even pressure and in a slow manner.
After a pull, and a couple more passes, she checks to see the results....We're good!
Don't forget to clean your screens — you never know when you'll want to do another run.
Check out the final product below — with fresh herbs and flowers from Jill's beautiful garden.