Monday, September 25, 2006

Our Sunday, continued....

Okay, I can't leave you hanging.... I know you are wondering what did she purchase now, LOL! I found some of the most amazing Cavallini papers! I've admired these papers online and drooled on my keyboard so many times upon spying these, but to see them up close and personal was a paper artists dream come true! Displayed on one of the most beautiful paper racks I've ever seen and filled to overflowing with beauty, I was quickly making some of my selections. Two of this design, one of that, another one of these.......... well, you get the picture! All in all, I believe I purchased 5 or 6 sheets; perfect for my journal bookmaking and Christmas gift ideas!

From there, we headed, okay, Don followed me over to the screenprinting aisle. There we browsed, read product labels, asked questions to the sales associates. I purchase one yard of silk screenprinting fabric, a framed 8x10 screen, a smaller squeegee, and a jar of the Transparent Extender Base. I read online that if you mixed it in a 1:1 ratio with the water-based inks that it is suitable for paper and it assists with extending your inks, increases the viscosity of the ink, the smoothness of the print pull, and prevents your inks from drying in the silk screen while working.

Please note, that I am not a professional at this, just an interested artist who is learning, exploring, and experimenting. I'll be happy to share my results, answer what questions I can, but be warned, I'm learning! I've found in the majority of my artwork that the best way to learn is to read, research, and experiment. You'll discover more as you work and continue to understand what you've read and learn all the little tips and tricks along the way. It is a process, a small part of a long and hopefully, enjoyable journey!

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