Welcome to State Pride Week. This week I have partnered with 30 bloggers to showcase a project, craft or recipe to showcase our home state. I currently live smack dab in the middle of the USA in Indiana. I took advantage of my states initials and created an “IN love” silk screen that I can use over and over again. I chose to make some pillows and a canvas out of my “IN love” silk screen. I used an inexpensive Simply Screen set. But if you have a Silhouette machine you could use that too and cut out heat transfer or vinyl to use as a stencil.. I chose to make a silkscreen so I could make multiple projects and not have to cut anything else out.
Simply Screen Silk Screen Kit (pretty sure it is still available at Hobby Lobby – use your coupon!)
Simply Screen ink (you could also any fabric paint)
For the glittered pillow: Simply Screen Foil & Glitter Adhesive
Pillows forms (like the Gurli from IKEA) or drop cloth fabric
1. I actually designed the image with my Silhouette studio program. Here is the file for those of you who are interested. I then printed it out on an 8 1/2” x 11” piece of paper. Whatever I wanted to paint is the black part on the image. 2. To see the full process of how to use the Simply Screen click here to see my Christmas Subway art pillow or here my deer family pillow. 3. Once the screen was rinsed and my image came through I let it dry. Then I decided what colors I wanted to use. I did most of the silk screens on drop cloth fabric since it is cheap, abundant in my house, and neutral. 4. Use masking tape to adhere your screen where you want it to hold it in place while you drag the paint across. Then squirt out some paint and drag it with the included plastic tool. I usually let the paint sit for 2 minutes and then give it one more coat for good measure. Optional glittered pillow: Use the foil & glitter adhesive the same way you would use the paint. Then sprinkle the glitter over the glue. Let is sit overnight. Shake off excess glitter, iron to set. 5. Slowly pull off the silkscreen. If there are areas that the ink didn’t cover put the screen down and press more paint into that area. 6. Once the image has been painted you have to let it dry overnight. Then with a press cloth iron your image to set the ink. 7. I then just used the hemmed side of the drop cloth to make an envelope style pillow. 8. On the canvas I created a frame using this process and then wrapped my drop cloth image around it and stapled it in place. Instant “IN Love” canvas art. The possibilities are endless: canvas bags, shirts, sweatshirts, etc.
A little Hoosier state love! The little heart is right where my city is!