screen printed fabric

The Fabric Merchant’s Son is a 7 layer silkscreen print that ended me. Please zoom in for details. The children’s book (that I’ll finish over the summer) is about a boy (Purl), his mother, and two goats as they travel through the mountains. 

Silkscreen is a very labor intensive process involving calluses and arm workouts! This took 15 hours of manual labor (after the initial 13 hours of drawing). Below the cut for original digital piece

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maryfoxfirebird  asked:

I'm looking to make the Supergirl outfit from the CW show. Any suggestions on where to find the best textured or textured like fabric? Thanks in advance :)

The fabric: “It’s called Eurojersey: It has a four-way-stretch quality, which is good for action. The S is “grown” on the fabric with an ink that’s layered on to give it dimension.”

Grabbed that quote from an interview with Colleen Atwood, the costume designer. Eurojersey is produced by Sensitive Fabrics and you can see where these fabrics are sold on their website.  

However, when looking at the site I don’t see any of their sample fabrics with the right texture:

If I were to guess, it looks like a pattern that has been printed on the fabric with a raised ink. This could be achieved at home by screen printing onto your fabric. Alternatively it could be a pattern that was added with dye sub printing and isn’t raised at all. You could probably re-create this pattern with Photoshop or another image program and get it printed through a fabric printing service. In place of the Eurojersey, you can use a four-way stetch spandex/lycra or a spandex jersey fabric. 

And in some cases, like the image below, it looks like it could be a nylon mesh over top of a base fabric. It could be an alternative way to tackle the texture:

Hope this helps!
Duckie / Admin


Printmaker, Designer & Artist:

Beata Wielgos-Dunikowska

“Extract Printing I Black Textile”


“Extract Printing method of applying a design to dyed fabric by printing a colour-destroying agent, such as chlorine or hydrosulfite, to bleach out a white or light pattern on the darker coloured ground.”


how to make a screen print at home :

1. draw something you really like!

2. stretch an embroidery hoop with screen printing fabric

3. lay the screen on top of the sketch and carefully trace the sketch onto the screen with a pencil

4. use waterproof glue like mod podge to fill in all the areas that you do NOT want ink to go thru, also be sure to glue around the edge of the hoop to keep all the edges clean when you print and to help keep the screen in place

5. get some appropriate ink for the surface you are printing on and print it! HINT: you can use an expired credit card for a squeegee or an old electronic hotel room key works great too

PS don’t let your cat help no matter how much they want to


Tristram Mason’s Layering, Texturing and Repeating

Tristram Mason is a Finnish/British illustrator currently based in London, specialised in digital and hand made collages. He mixes different techniques and subjects ranging from abstract themes and patterns to figurative compositions with a vintage flair.

Tristram about his work:

Aesthetically, my work is often the outcome from photocopy experimentation which I develop by screen printing on fabric or textured paper and/or sewing over with thread. I love playing within repetition and layering imagery to the point of distortion.


Screen Printing demo from Costume Con 32!