Watching Pots Boil

You can get a lot of miscellaneous tasks done while waiting for dyepots to heat (preferably not to boil, but that made a better title).

Indigo-dyed scarf screen printed with walnut dye by Donna Kallner

I did some screen printing with thickened walnut dye. This indigo-dyed scarf is now in my Etsy shop, and I’ll be adding a few more as I get them photographed.

Thermofax screen printing with thickened walnut dye.

For screen printing, I mostly use Thermofax screens I burn when I’m at Sievers. They have a Thermofax printer in the studio and keep fresh film in stock. My walnut dye can be hard on Thermofax screens (because of the iron, I suspect). But it’s quick, easy and inexpensive to make more.

Thermofax screens with duct tape edges.

Another task I got done was taping the edges of the screens I burned last time I was at Sievers. Duct-tape edges may be a little floppy for some printing applications. But those screens don’t take up much storage space And they’re easy for me to plop into a pan of water until I can get to a faucet (no running water in my studio.

Homemade willow charcoal used for Thermofax screens.

These screens were all made from sketches I did with the homemade willow charcoal I sell on Etsy. For the screens I used on the scarves I printed last week, I used toner copies of leaves I scanned.

Thickened walnut dye screen printed on silk scarf by Donna Kallner.

Since my folks are still on dial-up, it should be safe to show what I think will be my mom’s Christmas gift. This silk scarf has a buff-taupe undertone to the gray that the brown walnut dye complements nicely. My mother has lovely silver hair and a beautiful gray suit she wears to church. I think she’ll like these soft colors.

That’s exactly one Christmas gift done. I’ve been more focused on getting product into my Etsy shop for other people’s holidays than on getting ours made. After our studio sale on November 16, it will be time to buckle down on that to-do list.

I’m thinking, maybe, some silk-screened monsters…

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Donna Kallner

fiber artist, teacher and explorer, inspired by ancient fiber techniques and all the ways contemporary fiber artists give old ideas a new spin