Badger Press

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This weekend was infinitely less hectic than my previous weekend at Renegade! I had a fairly mundane, but relaxing Saturday that consisted of housework and baking ... Banana cake and lemon curd, incase you were wondering! 
Sunday was super fun though, Luke and I signed up last minute to a one day screen printing refresher course at Badger Press

With only space for 6, it's a cosy studio based in Bishops Waltham with everything you need to print print print!

Our workshop was ran by Adam Eager who carefully guided us through all the steps from start to finish : preparing artwork, prepping the screens, exposing, printing and cleaning up. I was sure to take lots of notes as there was so much to take in. 
The last time I screen printed was at Uni almost FIVE years ago {EAK!}  and even then a lot of it was prepped by the technicians, coating and exposing the screen for example. So it was really lovely to be involved in the entire process from start to finish. 

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Luke and I separated our artwork before we arrived {which if you are planning on attending the course, I recommend you doing as it's such a full on day, you won't have much time for anything else!} We both prepped our work to make three colour prints, which in the end, was quite a rush to fit in! 
Most of the day was taken up preparing our screens, it was surprising to see how long this part of the process took! You need to be quite precise when prepping your artwork and your screen to produce good quality prints, but once all the set up is done it's relatively simple … rather messy, but very fun!
 

We managed to pull quite a few completed prints with only a few minor hiccups, so I was pretty pleased about that.

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I had a moment of madness and chose *THE* brightest coral/orange colour for one of my layers, so unlike me! It's difficult to show online but the ink is almost fluorescent in real life! It's still cute though, and it was fun to experiment with something way WAY out of my monochrome and pastel filled comfort zone. 

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Luke's turned out AWESOME! 

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I really can't wait to go back and make tons more prints! I'm going to work on some new designs ... Yay!  

If you'd like to take the course yourself {which I thoroughly recommend you do!} You can find out all the info you need on the Badger Press website. They also run open access days in the studio, or if you're super eager you can rent out the whole studio to yourself to take full advantage of their fantastic resources.

What do you think of our results? I'm thinking of selling some of my kitty prints, so keep an eye out this week for a little limited edition sale!