Screenprinting 101, My take!

I know I have enough on my plate. I know I may probably have too much on my plate. But thats very fitting since my mom always told me “your eyes are bigger than your belly Lisa Jayne!”. And yes that is a real saying. At least in my childhood it was anyway.

So when I was at Dick Blick and I saw the Speedball Screen Printing Kit a few months ago I held out the urge to purchase it with my hot little hands. Until I went back 2 weeks ago. Then, I had a coupon and well with a coupon comes great responsibility.

So I took it home all ready to screen print my lil’ heart out. Til’ I read the directions and realized this was going to take a bit more planning that I had anticipated and I tried not to cry and get depressed.

Which brings me to a week or two later when I had been messing about with making a few screens and printing on a few tees I had laying around. I finally got around to doing a good “run” and actually stopped long enough to take pictures. Heres a few things I learned….

First off mix your emulsion and the little bottle of sensitizer that comes with it. It really stresses that in all the YouTube videos I watched and in the directions of the Speedball Screen Printing Kit. I don’t know why you wouldn’t do this but from the amount they stress to do this I’m assuming a lot of people didn’t and it didn’t turn out right. Mix it good! It will smell like Elmers Glue. I’m assuming there’s glue in there.

Then use the red plastic scraper and in a dark room or in a room without direct sunlight (the emulsion is light sensitive) pour a little from the bottle onto your screen. So with that being said I poured a lot, like the whole bottle and made a huge mess! Ugh gross. So that first screen was toast!

Pour a little and spread spread spread with your red scraper moving the emulsion all over the screen. You want an even and THIN coverage. Keep flipping the screen back and forth and scraping like your scooping up all the excess emulsion. This will take a few tries. Don’t get bummed if you mess it up! Once you think your screen is evenly and thinly covered on both sides scoop the extra emulsion left on your scraper and try to put it back into the bottle it came out of. This is tricky so make sure you have plenty of paper down if you drop some.

Then place  your screen into a cardboard box with the raised lip side down so that the screen itself is not sitting on the bottom of the box. This takes a little forethought. You want the bottom of the screen butt up. Then place it into a closet or somewhere dark and leave it alone for a few hours. You want it to dry. I used an old cardboard box from Costco and folded the flaps up so it was closed.

It will dry bright green. The screen is still photo sensitive so leave it in the box or cover it up with a dark t shirt. Get your print. Now thats a whole other blog post but print something out on clear transparencies like the ones from Staples. I like to print out images from the Graphics Fairy or I just use Google Drive and come up with a saying and print it out from there. Here is an example.  Graphics Fairy Image

My image I made on Google Drive

The next part trips me out! Put it on your dry screen and flood it with light so as to “burn” the screen. There are great directions in the Speedball Screen Printing Kit for this. We used one of my husbands construction lights for working outdoors at night. I set my timer for 10 minutes and it always burned a clear screen. I did try and use several lamps with low watt bulbs with my first attempt. I ended up ruining the screen. So make sure you have a good light. I do believe these construction lights are 500 watt and are NOT LED.

I put down a few sheets of black paper underneath my screen so as not to reflect the light. I also used a piece of glass from a picture to weight down the print onto the screen. Again the time it takes to “burn” the screen with your bulb will depend on high your watts are of your lightbulb. There are excellent directions explaining this in the Speedball Screen Printing Kit. Once your image is burned. It will appear a lighter green than the rest of the screen. You may not see it at first and this does take some experimenting with to get the right “burn”.

Then you will flood the screen with cold water and watch the burned area flush away. It becomes liquid and slowly gets washed out.  Make sure you use cold water. If you use hot it will take off all of your emulsion. No bueno! Make sure your tap is set to cold.
 Flip the screen back and forth in the sink to wash away the “burned” area. This will take a while. Better to use a hand held sprayer. I’ve heard that some people will use their hose outside but don’t take it outside as the emulsion is still light sensitive.  Hold it up to the light and check that you’ve washed away all the words and there is “negative” space. This is where you will “push” the printing ink through the screen to create an image.   Once you’re sure all the words have been washed away with cold water then you can put it outside to dry where it will further dry and the remaining emulsion will harden and change color to a sagey green. Yes I said sagey.  Just a photo of my light setup in the garage where I burn the screens.  My t-shirt. This is one from Bella + Canvas. I think its a toddler size. I did not prewash it.  A picture of the clear acetate sheet on top of the shirt to visualize how it will look once printed. You may want to do this before burning your screen to give you an idea if your letters are large enough and look how you want them to look.  My screen. I marked the wood frame with inches like a ruler and then Imarked the center. I read somewhere to line the center of the frame up with the shirt tag to make sure its centered. The red tape I also purchased at Dick Blick. Its for covering up holes and or areas that didn’t get covered with the emulsion.  I put a line of blue Speedball ink across the top of my screen. Its pretty thick.  The ink.
Then I “pulled” the ink down with my red scraper that came in the Speedball kit. I also bought a more “professional” scraper and I must say I keep going back to this one that came in the kit. Its just lighter and easier for me to handle.
Pull the ink down at a 45 degree angle.  Cover the entire screen where the image and or words are.
Once youre happy that the entire image is covered you are done. Lift the screen straight up off the shirt. If you have extra ink at this point scoop it up with your scraper and put it back into the ink jar.  And there you have it! YOUR SHOES UNTIED!
Wash your screen out immediately after your’e done so that the ink doesn’t dry on it. Wash both sides of the screen and your scraper.  You can use hot water with this wash. I then waited until my printed image on the shirt was touch dry and used a hot iron NO STEAM with a thin tea towel in between the shirt and iron and heat set the image for a good 4 minutes moving the iron back and forth. The t shirt is then ready for wear.

*Please note that if you made a mistake with the screen and the ink is water based you can rinse out your shirt before you heat set it if you need to do it over. Once heat set with the iron you cannot wash the image out.

China Cabinet into a Farm Hutch

Today I did this! IMG_3630

I can’t say it was very easy.  But easy enough if you have a hammer and some tools. Be sure to wear safety goggles too!

Get a china cabinet. This one was really cute but it wasn’t selling in the shop so I thought I could at least make it into a usable display space by taking off the front.

I wanted it to look like a rustic farmhouse plate hutch. Something Joanna Gaines would use in a dining area or kitchen.

I removed all the glass doors first. I then basically took a chisel and a hammer and took off the rest of the  wood fronts. This did leave a bit of a divet where they were attached but I sanded it down and filled it with wood filler, sanded again, before painting. Paint the whole piece. For this piece I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in Old White finished with a coat of wax.

I pried off the back piece of plywood with a screwdriver. I bought regular fence boards from Orchard,  stained them with a mix of Annie Sloan Dark Wax and Mineral Spirits (50/50), trimmed them to size and attached with my finish nailer. You could also use a hammer and small finish nails to attach if you don’t have a finish nailer.

This isnt going to come out perfect but I believe a farm hutch should have its imperfections. Character people!

Make sure you wear safety goggles too.

Happy to report this piece sold within a week!

Something Borrowed Something Vintage visits Solana Beach

This weekend I visited Solana Beach with my family for a little break. While there I stopped in at the local Chalk Paint® Stockist, Tadah. Her shop is amazing and beautiful, filled to the top with gorgeous home decor and gifts.

When I worked at the show Junk Bonanza a few weekends ago, Tadah was also one of the local chalk paint® stockists to work the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® booth with us.

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A Junk Bonanza vendor asked us to give her “money bags” a little extra chalk paint® bling.  So we stenciled them with Florence #Junk.

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Chalk Paint® is here at Something Borrowed Something Vintage in Yorba Linda

Here at Something Borrowed Something Vintage in the city of Yorba Linda we sell the Chalk Paint® color Henrietta.  Its supposedly the color requested by Sandringham for decoration of the  nursery for Royal baby #2.

Of course this is a rumor. But Annie Sloan herself has said we can “neither confirm nor deny” that this true. What color is Henrietta? “A beautiful rich complex pink with a hint of lilac. ” according to Annie Sloan’s website. drakehenriettaclose350

Chalk Paint® is absolutely safe for a babies nursery. It has no VOC and almost no odor. What is VOC you say? It’s an abbreviation for Volatile Organic Compound. According to a Consumer reports website “VOCs are solvents that get released into the air as the paint dries.” So obviously the less of these in the paint the better. Annie Sloans Chalk Paint has no VOC’s.

Looks like I’ll be busy at the shop tomorrow painting something in Henrietta. Come and visit me at Something Borrowed Something Vintage, if you’re in Yorba Linda, an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® authorized retailer and Stockist.

 

Painting for yourself or your customer?

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Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® English Yellow

At a recent workshop someone asked the question “what is the color that sells?” Well thats the million dollar question we all want to know.

But do you really want to paint to your customer or do you want to extend your artistic range and paint what inspires you? Lately I’ve been doing a little soul searching as to “who I’m painting for”.

I’ve been wanting to try English Yellow for so long now I’m practically drooling but I’m thinking is anyone going to buy a piece of furniture in English Yellow? Yes!  I would. You know why? Because its different. And there is a painted piece for every body out there.

So I’m off to paint a pretty little coffee table in English Yellow by Annie Sloan. I’ll let you know how it turns out. Oh, and how quickly it sells.

Come and see us at our store in Yorba Linda, Something Borrowed Something Vintage

*Pictures from Pinterest

Something Borrowed Something Vintage Update

So here we are almost one month out from opening up my dream shop. The temporary sign went up last night and I couldn’t be happier.

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I leave for “train the trainer” training at Unfolded headquarters (the distributor for Annie Sloan Chalk® Paint)  in 2 weeks. I will keep you posted with lots of pics thru my Instagram account. 

I have been cleaning and scrubbing the floors at the new shop. Honestly, my hands have never hurt so much.

10947328_815291801892847_8157901407254886387_nIf you want to know how to get thinset concrete off of brick pavers please ask me. I tried everything! When it comes down to it. Oh Henry adhesive remover and a 2 inch razor scraper did the most good.

10351878_815300678558626_7904669205927033231_nAt the very end I rented a floor polisher from Home Depot with a diamond bit grinder. It worked but it was dusty and messy. It ground down the thinset as well as all the brick and still didn’t get into the mortar lines between the bricks.  Which I chipped away.

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I’ve also been working on these beauties which are driving me bananas! I had a vision but then I lost it. So I’m leaving it for a few days and I’ll come back to it which usually works for my vision block. LOL

IMG_8003We’ve added another workshop by the beautiful and talented Sara Kim of Handcrafted by Sara Kim. Big Paper Flowers!  In this workshop she will guide us through making huge paper flowers. Which are great for decorating a photo wall at a wedding or shower. Decorating a room (I’m planning on making several for the new shop wall). Please join us as we’ll be in our new space by then and it will be the inaugural workshop with drinks to boot!

Today I am meeting with the sign guy to get our new sign in the front of the shop.  At least its not a day where I’ll be down on my hands and knees chipping at concrete! Whew! Theres a lot going on but I love it all and am so blessed!

XO,

Lisa

 

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint© Stockist

Hi friends, I’m so excited to announce that Something Borrowed Something Vintage is an approved Annie Sloan Chalk Paint© Stockist!

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It was such a great process and everyone at Unfolded, who is the distributor for Annie Sloan here in the US,  was so helpful.

I CAN NOT WAIT to go to the training in New Orleans. Which is where Unfolded has its headquarters. I will for sure be taking tons of pics and updating you all about the wonderful people I meet and everything that takes place.

Our new location here in Yorba Linda, California is coming along. We got our hot little hands on the keys to the new shop and in no less than 2 hours we started demo on some interior walls that will be our future boutique floor space!

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There is Mr. SBSV looking not too happy with a hammer in hand! I promise he’s pretty cute and wont try and demo you when you come in to the shop! 🙂

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And these two little cuties are just checking on Mr. SBSV’s work to make sure its done right! Thats my baby girl and my brothers son who when I told him we were gonna’ have a “hammer party” said “alwight!” with a little fist pumping action.  These two little “helpers” get up to some wild shenanigans and I promise you WILL see them at the new shop when we open in March.

I am working on my shop counters and of course they are recycled and from an old shop that is closing down in the next town over. I just love a deal and making something my own with some wood and paint. And the best part is they’re on wheels!!!

 

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They’re super sturdy and big which is awesome since they will be seeing alot of action (i hope) and I like room to spread out. I’m planning on putting a false front on with some trim and beadboard. The other side is open shelving too which will be facing in for storage, tissue paper, bags, etc. And the best part is there’s two of them so one will be behind me against the wall for extra storage and the other will be in front for a real live counter! Anyway thats the plan for now and I’m sure it will change as I come up with other ideas. I will keep you posted on their progression.

 

And I’ll leave you with a little sneak peak of the front of the shop with my banner I photoshopped in. Ha! Doesn’t it look fun? Im so excited for our Grand Opening party in March! I wish you all could be there! 10885035_810317135723647_4746534488390872812_n

 

Cheers and Blessings!

Lisa

Minted

I recently came across a new site that I adore! Its called Minted. Its all about custom stationary and artwork.

As mentioned in a previous post I’m going to be opening up a new boutique in my hometown. I’m super excited to get into the space and decorate. Since I was born in England I’m thinking about getting their foil pressed art print of the British Isles.

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Prints are available framed or unframed, in multiple sizes.

And for all you brides to be out there check out their save the date cards. MIN-YVU-STD-001B_A_PDI love this one by GeekInk Designs. I’m a sucker for hand drawn vintage font.

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AND! You guys! They have fabric!!

“Minted’s unique designs sourced from a global community of independent designers are now available on fabric. ”

Seriously! How does it get any more custom that this. I have the perfect chair for that pattern. So go check it out! Minted.

 

Cheers xoxo

Lisa

New Boutique in Yorba Linda

 

 

 

 

 

So now we’ve found a location BUT its a mess! Really it is. It used to be a bakery for 20 years. For 20 years. Did I mention for 20 years??? Theres alot of flour and dirt and pipes and sinks, stuff we don’t need. So now we have a space in a great location, with awesome neighboring stores but theres alot of work ahead of us. I’ll try to share it all with you here as we go along. But for now heres a few ideas I have for our shop + workshop space.

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Great display idea, made out of windows…

_MG_9673_lgI like this checkout counter from design:retail in San Francisco

 

 

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Chandelier from Home Depot, I’ll take 4 of these in the front on the selling floor.

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Lovely cash wrap/counter

What do you think stained concrete floor or wood?

 

Cheers,

XoXo Lisa