Haven’t you always wanted to learn how to silkscreen? Print your own posters, shirts, books and zines, cards and stationary, and get them all out into the world!
Screenprinting is a versatile process that can be used to transfer graphic images to paper, wood, and fabric. It is ideal for making t-shirts, posters, coasters, greeting cards/stationery, and more. Bring an idea and something you want to print on and we’ll show you how it’s done.
This course provides a two-week comprehensive introduction to screen printing. Participants will design, print, and exchange a multiple color print with a maximum dimension of 8″ x 10″. The morning will be dedicated to creating hand-drawn or laser printed stencils focusing on the design of a multiple color print. Participants spend the afternoon learning proper printing techniques, troubleshooting, and tips for registration. The workshop will end with a print exchange.
Supplies you will need to purchase
- imagery to work from – illustrations or computer files on a flash drive or in your email. Keep it simple at first: 2 colors, text should be at least 8pt, avoid very thin line work.
- opaque drawing tools (your choice of oil-based paint marker, poster paint marker, rapidograph pens, fast drying ink for film)
- acetate, frosted mylar for drawing designs (you may also print out or photocopy images onto acetate using our laser printer; see Supplies we provide below)
- opaque drawing tools (your choice of paint marker, fast drying ink for film, rapidograph pens)
- acrylic or textile printing ink, any color; Speedball brand recommended
- masking tape and/or clear shipping tape (Scotch brand; anything else might damage screens!)
- pad of newsprint
- paper (any type will work, Bristol pads, printmaking papers) and/or other materials to print on (t-shirts, fabric, pillowcases, etc.)
Supplies we provide:
- to transfer images to acetate via laser printer/copier, we sell 8.5″ x 11″ acetates for $1 each
- spatulas, spoons, ink mixing containers and implements
- scoop coaters
- stencil remover
- rags, sponges, brushes, etc.