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Topic: W.W.M.D? Tote Bag (*IMG Heavy*) w/brief screen printing tut  (Read 8987 times)
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« on: July 04, 2008 07:19:44 PM »

Upon first reading this challenge, I immediately thought of my childhood hero, Martha Stewart. As a toddler, I would watch Martha Stewart for hours instead of cartoons. So, to pay homage to Mrs. Stewart, I made a W.W.M.D. (What Would Martha Do) tote bag.

I started off with a photo of Martha, tweaked it on paint, and traced I onto a screen. I then used the drawing fluid method of screen printing found in the Speedball fabric printing kit. This was my first time screenprinting with this method and I think it turned out well.

I printed Martha on some fabric, then sewd it into a lined tote bag with two inside pockets and a magnetic snap closure. The I recycle button on the front is my art-smart way of covering a flaw in the fabric.

For some reason, I took a bunch of picture of the screen printing process and none of the sewing process (Youll have to leave those to your imagination  Wink. )

My Original design, as printed from my computer.
 


First step of screen printing, trace image onto screen and fill in positive space with drawing fluid. Let dry.



Second step, cover entired screen with screen filler on same side. Let Dry.



With high pressure water (aka a hose or in my case, a shower head) rinse screen throughly, dissolving drawing fluid and leaving a space for the ink to seep through.




Place screen on fabric, silk side down. Glob a generous amount of fabric ink onto the top of the screen. Using a squeegee and a firm grip, pull squeegee across the screen with a good amount of force. Lift screen and admire your work. (sorry if this doesnt make sense. Its my first attempt at a tutorial.)

Fast-Forward through all of the sewing steps and voila! The W.W.M.D. Tote-bag.

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My Mom Modeling:


View of inside with magnetic snap closed:


Inside Pockets (sorry, they're kinda hard to see):


Close up of Martha:


Overall I think its a "good thing!"  Smiley

Oh, amd I forgot to mention, the bag itself was created with a self-made pattern.

Thanks for looking & I hope you enjoyed. Please leave comments and questions!



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« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2008 07:44:15 PM »

That is fabulous! I <3 Martha, too!

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« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2008 08:21:33 PM »

I think the W.W.M.D  is funny but it made me think of another acronym.
W.M.D. weapons of mass destruction or weapon of mass decoration, weapon of modern domesticity.
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« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2008 08:31:36 PM »

Yikes, that didn't even cross my mind!  Undecided
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« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2008 08:33:49 PM »

Great tote. What kind of fabric did you use?
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« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2008 09:41:42 PM »

Sorry!  Embarrassed I didn't mean it to be negative! The first thing that came to mind was what would martha do of course!
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« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2008 11:53:01 PM »

awesome.  it helps remind us what to do when we get into domestic messes  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2008 04:29:24 AM »

Both fabrics are 100% cotton. The red fabric is slightly heavier than the green, which is a cut up bed-sheet.
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« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2008 08:18:04 PM »

 Cheesy Martha is my hero too!  Super awesome bag!   
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« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2008 11:23:11 AM »

ive been screen printing for a little while and found that doing portrait type images can be tricky with the drawing fluid... but you did a GREAT job! have you tried any photo emulsion yet?
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