Screen Shot 2015-04-05 at 10.50.56 AMToday’s Dabble Drop-In is brought to you by guest blogger, Julie Krause!

Julie is an outgoing, spontaneous event planner living in Lakeview. Her interests include trying new restaurants, thrift shopping, traveling, running, writing (duh), and all things Paris- hence her design of choice for this class. She loves bright colors, putting together unusual combinations, and living life on the edge a little. You can also find her on Instagram

Julie’s somewhat of a brand ambassador for Dabble. She’s probably told about 50 people about the awesomeness of Dabble (thanks Julie!). She loves learning, has always had a lot of different interests, and enjoys exploring the city. Dabble caters to all three of those! Like we always say at Dabble headquarters, “It’s hard to be interesting without interests!”

And now, we turn it over to Julie:


I had a great time here! It was fun meeting different people and hearing their reasons for coming. One attendee’s husband was starting a furniture business and she wanted to test out a potential logo, we had a couple of photographers, there was a couple who just likes trying new things together, and then there was me, fulfilling a New Year’s Resolution of taking a new class.

I would break this class down into four phases: 1) Photo selection & print; 2) Dark room/transfer to screen; 3) Paint transfer; & 4) Wrap canvas. Angelika, the instructor, was great about explaining each step in the process and answering any questions we had along the way. (Which for me, there were many- what can I say, I’m not a natural “artiste!”)”

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Spudnik Press Cooperative has been teaching classes on Dabble since November 2012. They’re an awesome artist workspace focused on community engagement. Founded on the premise that art should be a democratic and empowering medium, Spudnik Press Cooperative is committed to being an approachable and affordable print shop; a space where professional printmakers merge with aspiring students; a space that encourages collaboration and the sharing of ideas. We couldn’t agree more!


Dabble Drop-In: Tips For Screenprinting on Canvas: Make Your Own Wall Art class:

Come to this class with… A flash drive with a couple different, high-resolution photographs (i.e. from your phone or camera and not Facebook). The more detail in the photo you choose, the tougher the class will be! You may also want to bring a water bottle and snack, since the class runs on the longer side.

Use this class to… Be bold! In the class, you are to produce a one-color imprint. My favorite pieces were the ones where folks took risks, such as using gold (a tricky color because the lighter it is, the more difficult it is to portray on canvas), or trying out two different colors side-by-side. I toyed for a long time on whether to do a classic black-and-white, but bright orange called to me and I’m thrilled I took the risk.

You’d be surprised that… It isn’t as easy as it looks! I have a whole new respect and admiration for screen printers, and artists of all kinds really. Within the larger screen printing process are several different stages (as explained above), and each in itself builds upon the former and requires great care and attention.

Come prepared with… An open-mind is really all you need. I did the class alone and had a great time, but would have enjoyed having a friend there as well. Definitely give some thought to the photo you want to use so you can be as efficient with class-time as possible (Angelika is willing to review some of your options beforehand- utilize her!).

Appropriate hashtag… #artsandcraftz #queenofscreen #iheartcanvas

What to do in the area… Grab some breakfast and coffee at Big Delicious Planet, a four-star, American-Filipino restaurant nearby at Grand/Paulina! You’ll need some sustenance for the class, which runs until 4 or 5pm, so it’s the perfect pre-print stop.



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