Print Your Palette

This five-day workshop explores a wide range of free-form screen printing techniques and incorporates the study of colour to create a palette of beautiful, co-ordinated cloth. Working from your own inspirational images or objects you will extract colours to use as you work through the week. We will also investigate the use of discharge paste in screen printing and how your printed fabrics can be enhanced by other surface design techniques.

  • Learn how to mix simple and complex colours using thickened Procion dyes

  • Develop colour families from your own sources of inspiration and experiment with adding contrasting colour.

  • Learn how to use value and scale to create a set of printed fabrics that work together.

  • Use a blank screen to create background on pinned and crumpled fabric. Combine with paper and string resists.

  • Use masking tape, freezer paper and sticky back plastic to create temporary resists on your screen.

  • Use thermofax screens for both background and for adding detail.

  • Learn how to breakdown print.

  • Learn how to make and use semi-permanent screen with soya wax.

  • Making and using permanent interface and paper lamination stencils.

  • Dye fabric that co-ordinates with your printed cloth (optional).

With a maximum of 6 students you’ll get lots of one to one support from Leah, group demonstrations and detailed class notes. How much fabric you print will depend on your own personal style of working. Expect to print at least 6 pieces but it could be 8 – 10 pieces. The workshops will run from 9.30am to 4.30pm each day with the studio opening at 8.30am and closing at 5pm.

The total cost for the course is £375. A £125 fee is payable on booking. The remaining £250 will be payable 6 weeks before the course start date.

The cost includes hot and cold drinks, cake and fruit, and a simple lunch each day. Most of the materials (except fabric), media and equipment needed for the workshops will be provided. You will be given requirement list but I aim to keep these as short as possible.

Cancellation policy: This workshop will only run if 4 or more people enrol. If there is a shortfall you will receive a full refund. And you will, of course, receive a full refund if I cancel the course. However please be aware that a refund will not be given in any other circumstances unless your place can be filled.