Parts of this design may look very familiar. If today’s experiment works, then tomorrow I’ll have a remake of something I’ve been trying to work out for years!
I sold the last of these garden flags earlier this year. I can’t have them printed this way anymore so I’ve been working out other ways to reproduce them. Most of my garden flags would need to be printed in full color, and while I have an idea for those that I’ve been working on, this design and a few others could be printed by stenciling or screen printing.
About this experiment
I had to work out the materials first. The last flags were printed on a polyester “paper” that looked like nylon, printed through a digital machine at one of the printers I worked with. I stitched the rod pocket in the top. Because the old material was already cut to size and didn’t fray easily, I didn’t have to worry about trimming or hemming. It worked well outdoors, for the most part resisting mildew and suffering no damage from rain, ice or snow.
I can purchase cotton and canvas garden and house flag blanks, but I don’t know how well they’d do out in the weather. Nylon seemed like the best choice, but, much as I love these flags and love to sew, I really didn’t want to hem three sides of all those flags. Plus, one of things I didn’t like about the other ones was that they were kind of stiff, and didn’t flutter like other flags. I’d looked up all the colors that sport nylon and rip-stop nylon came in and its availability and decided if I could find purple rip-stop nylon, this project would be on.
But it’s so close to Halloween, I’d have to move fast. Last week while working out a trip to the art supply store, at the end of other errands, I decided to run to JoAnn Fabrics 20 minutes before they closed to see if they had purple nylon, and not only did they have purple rip-stop, but it was the perfect shade of purple and there was a little less than three yards so I could get the end of bolt discount, and then I had a 50% off coupon on top of that. I took all that as a sign that this project had to happen, and I added the appropriate inks to my list along with the materials to make homemade screens with rubylith as I’d described yesterday. Because this design won’t suffer if I don’t have perfectly clear edges all over it was a good candidate for the rubylith technique. There are four colors, which would mean four screens if I were to have them made, but instead I purchased one large screen and put all the parts on that one screen, saving me nearly $100. I worked out the cutting problem with my cutter, and today I adhered the rubylith to the screen.
I have to patch a few open areas, and open a few closed areas, and block off the open spaces between the pieces, then tomorrow I print! If it is successful, I will have these garden flags for sale. If not, then I wasted some money, but as I’d mentioned yesterday, this is how you work things out. Wish me luck!
Jelly Bean is pretty excited about this.
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