New in the Studio: Screen Printed Tea Towels

Here’s a look inside my studio from the side of the room that I haven’t shown before. I did a mini makeover last year with several more DIY projects, which included building a new work table for screen printing.

With all of the focus on doing home improvement projects, I wanted to make an accessory for the finished space, in this case the kitchen.  Here’s a look at the process and finished pieces.

 

 

They are designed to be functional for everyday use and the linen will get softer with every wash. This weekend shipping is free across Canada and the USA.

Also, a tutorial for this wreath as seen in the photo above will be coming to the blog within the next week.

This board and batten wall works well for hanging fabric to dry too. The tutorial on how I built is here and was recently featured on Apartment Therapy.

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Black Interior Doors

Paint it Black!

Have you ever thought about painting your interior doors black? I saw a story on Houzz this summer about painting interior doors black, and they had great reasons to do it. While picking up the black paint roller seemed risky at first I never second guessed that decision.

Before & After Black Interior Doors

We have a narrow hallway with four doors in a very tight space. After painting the inside of the front door, I hesitated about doing the closet door too and waited a few days to paint it. Then I also changed the basic door leading to the garage into a chalkboard door. The hardware was all shiny brass, and I spray painted them following the instructions from The Creative Cubby using oil rubbed bronze spray paint.

Black Door Painting

High Impact with Black, White & Grey Paint

Here’s a look at the basement door that I just painted black a couple of weeks ago after re-reading the story on Houzz about how a black door can make the ceiling look taller by drawing the eye up with the contrasting colour.

Before & After Black Basement Door

Black Basement Door

IMG_4458I recommend reading 11 Reasons to Paint Your Interior Doors Black on Houzz if you haven’t already.

 

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Mini Studio Tour & Updated Logo

Shibang Designs Studio
Since relocating I have not shared my current workspace. Along with all of the painting on furniture and walls I’ve been doing in the rest of the house my studio also got a personalized look.
Shibang Designs Studio Tour
For the paint colours I knew that I loved dark walls but didn’t want them to be overpowering so I chose to paint the back wall as an accent.  To contrast I used pale pink (Benjamin Moore Origins Vintage Pearl) to warm up the space and be fun since this is a creative environment.
Shibang Designs Studio TourShibang Designs Studio
 Shibang Designs Textile Art
Shibang Updated Logo
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Gold

Over the past week I’ve been busy and so inspired, all by adding gold to the colour palette. I’m using it on a whole line of new things for spring, including another version of the iPad sleeve. Here’s a peak inside of my studio and what I’ve been working on.

 I’m in the midst of finishing up and photographing so there will be more to come.

Process: Screen Printing


Last week I was filling out some forms, describing all of the stages that go into making a Shibang purse. What I realized was that there is one important stage that I don’t highlight very much, screen printing. I use screen printing as a layer in the design and then add dimension with embellishment on top.

The branches are the design that I am referring to. They were first drawn with charcoal onto tracing paper, then exposed onto the screen (which was coated with photo sensitive emulsion). This design with the branches began as a way to create a lighter look for the felt by adding blossoms or smaller flowers. What originally was a spring/summer look has now been continued through to winter styles by changing the colours. The colours that I mix up for the pigments change every few months as well for a slightly different look.


First I cut the pattern piece and then individually print each piece.


Usually I print a batch of one colour at once and then get the mess cleaned up and back to sewing. Once I’m done printing I roll the vinyl cover back over the table and continue to lay out the fleece and construct the bag.

This is the rest of the table that I wanted to include because I made it myself, and for me it was a big project.

Inspiration: Silk


This afternoon I was going through some of my boxes of fabric that I have dyed and screen printed when I came across some silk. Like anyone who is a textile lover, I can be very inspired just by looking at nice fabric. Silk is such a beautiful, lustrous and luxurious textile. Pictured here is some charmeuse that I dyed in the same way that I dye the wool that I use for my purses.

The only thing about loving a nice textile is not wanting to cut into it. One day I’ll make clothing from my stash of fabrics but for now I’m inspired just by looking at them.