Image © morpethroad
It was to be a day of catch up and bonding and we had the most enjoyable day taking in the city and the fine cafes that can be found down narrow alley ways crowded with shoppers and people just out to take in the finery of the city.
We’d been to a few galleries and treated ourselves to a delicious lunch when at the days end he said would I like to work with him on some screen-printing.
Never having done any from scratch I said yes as the studio he worked in had a huge screen-printing area complete with real screen-printing tables.
He gave me some books to select a design from and I knew what I wanted for my first attempt was something simple.
So having selected a design we had to make the screen, easier said than done.
The cutting out I needed his help with and after several attempts and his expertise we finally had a screen we could use.
He taught me the screening process, hands and arms in the correct position, just the right amount of ink and away we went.
He decided that we would put the design onto cloth that would be used as a tea towel. We made six all up and with each one we decided to make the lips a different colour.
The end results are as above.
I was pretty pleased with what we achieved.
The idea of working with my son was something at the start of the day I never contemplated.
But it was his suggestion and he also got a kick out of working with his dad.
We have subsequently worked together on an art project involving a mural on a wall, which was also lot of fun to be involved in.
I am lucky in that my son and I get along so well, we tolerate one another and he forgives my obvious lack of artistic ability.
I look forward to my next opportunity.