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DIY: Mr. Bazaar Screen prints With Laura Ashley

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A few weeks back I was lucky enough to spend an evening building on my knowledge of how to screen-print with Laura Ashley. I had tried my hand at this craft once before when I made an adorable screen-printed bunny rabbit cushion with Thornback & Peel. This time, I decided to screen-print my own tote bag in one of my colours of the moment – mint! Keen to achieve a graphic look, I chose this geometric triangle print that features in Laura Ashley’s archive fashion collection. After mixing up the vivid mint ink and lining up the screen, I dolloped the colourful ink along the top and ran the block firmly across it several times to push the ink through. I was really pleased with how the bag turned out because it only had a tiny imperfection in one of the triangles at the bottom – I’m calling that bit part of the handmade charm! What do you think of my mint tote bag? Have you ever screen-printed anything, friends?

// Photography by Laura Ashley and Will Taylor

27 Comments

  • Reply Andi October 29, 2013 at 1:12 am

    I love it, you did such a great job!

  • Reply tim@Designmaze October 29, 2013 at 5:45 am

    how fun is that!! Love the print and your choice of mint! I should have asked you to make one for me!

    I tried screen print before with Alanna and made one of her famous shoe prints at her studio. Great process and learned lots in one afternoon. Will be framing it up for #ProjectChris!

    http://designmaze-tim.blogspot.ca/2012/12/2012-holiday-gift-guide-alanna-cavanagh.html

    Fab hair Mr!

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar October 29, 2013 at 7:30 am

      @Tim – I would have loved to have made you one as well; guess I need to try it out again! Loved your screen-printing post!

  • Reply Emelie @florainspiro October 29, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Super nice! Handmade things are not supposed to be perfect πŸ˜‰ That’s for machines…

  • Reply Lena October 29, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Lovely color and pattern – and the tiny imperfection makes it even better, a one of a kind piece! I’ve never tried screenprinting before, but I’d love to learn how to do it.

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar October 29, 2013 at 8:46 am

      @Lena – Oh, you must try it because it’s such a rewarding thing to do; seeing something come together in front of your eyes like that!

  • Reply Patchwork Harmnoy October 29, 2013 at 8:42 am

    I LOVE it! mint green AND triangles – the perfect combo! πŸ™‚

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar October 29, 2013 at 8:47 am

      @Patchwork Harmony – Thank you, I’m very pleased with how it turned out! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Serena October 29, 2013 at 8:49 am

    It’s a very funny tecnique… and your job it’s great πŸ™‚

  • Reply Sarah @Block_UK October 29, 2013 at 9:12 am

    reminds us of the hours spent in screen print room at art college – so addictive!

  • Reply Rebecca Portsmouth October 29, 2013 at 9:24 am

    It looks SO you. Haven’t screen printed since art classes at school but my dad did some about 20 years ago – he printed me a pillow with a Garfield on it and it is one of my most cherished possessions.

    What is next for you? Any other printing projects in the pipeline?

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar October 29, 2013 at 9:25 am

      @Rebecca – Well I’d love to have another go a screen-printing – it’s addictive!

  • Reply caroline @trend-daily October 29, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Oh wow-what a fab evening Will and your bag looks gorgeous. Would have loved to have a go at screen printing again! See you v soon xxx

  • Reply anya October 29, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Love screen printing – so cool isn’t it. Your tote is awesome, and the color rocks – my fav. Have a bright day
    Ax

  • Reply Lizzie Owen (@mim_tweeta) October 29, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Awwww – this is bringing back a few old work memories – hope you met some of my lovely ex colleagues. LOVE the bag – they ought to employ your skills!! That was one of Bernard’s first prints on a machine he made on their Kitchen Table at Pelham Street. Looks like you had a FABULOUS time xx

  • Reply Igor October 29, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Looks so fun!! I love your tote but I think the real art happened on your apron:-))

  • Reply tami ramsay October 29, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    So adorable! Your outfit so perfectly matches the screen printing scene. I love this activity and the rewards are practically instant–hhumm, do I see a future line of mr bazaar products?

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar October 29, 2013 at 12:30 pm

      @Tami – Yikes, I’ve only done had ago at this twice so not sure I’m qualified to sell any of them yet but it sure is a fun idea! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Mike Ahern October 29, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Wow takes me back to my Uni days Will, loved getting messy in the screen printing studio! Looks like you had fun and the end result is fab – love the tote!

  • Reply Vic @ Cush & Nooks October 29, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    You get to do all the fun things Will πŸ™‚ I did screen printing at high school and loved it. We have some great screen printing courses here run by awesome local artists. Your bag looks fab, thanks for the inspiration. x

  • Reply Matthew Pike October 29, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Very cool indeed, it’s quite fun isn’t it! You have to put quite a bit of pressure on but looks like yours turned out great.

  • Reply ashlina October 29, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    perfection my love
    xo
    ashlina

  • Reply Teresa October 29, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Must give an extreme pleasure to create – and learn how to create – something with your own hands.
    The tote is fabulous and very you – fun and interesting.
    Congrats!

  • Reply Kristin October 30, 2013 at 1:19 am

    Looks sooo much fun! The bag turned out great.

  • Reply Lauren Bryan Knight October 30, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Listen people- it was impressive work! πŸ˜‰ #eyewitness

    I need to frame mine. It’s sitting on my living room table all sad & lonely. It needs Mr. BB to come make it look good.

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