When inspiration strikes I like to get it out of my head and into something tangible straight away if I can - or at least onto paper so I don't forget about it in the meantime. Yesterday afternoon I sat down to make a lampshade. I was just about to cut the fabric for the lampshade to size and I thought, 'hang on, I should print my own fabric instead for the lampshade'. So I thought for a few moments about what I would print and saw my gorgeous potted orchids sitting nearby.
A few minutes later I was sketching the outline of the orchids straight onto contact paper to make a stencil for screen printing. Then I cut the stencil out and popped it on the screen ready to print.
The end result didn't turn out exactly as planned, I don't think their is enough detail in the silhouette print. I probably should have made additional detailed cuts to outline the petals of the orchid so that each orchid was separate rather than one big glob! But there you go, a little lesson in the medium of print making - one which I wouldn't have learnt if I hadn't made a mistake.
Images: Olive & Joy