Basic screen printing
A frame with a fine mesh is placed with a small gap between the paper and screen (snap) the holes in the mesh are blocked where you do not want to print using paper stencils or, a paintable filler which extends the possibilities allowing for ‘islands’.
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Resist methods with oil pastels are a very effective way to create line. When all is dry ink is put at one end and the squeegee is pressed down to bring the screen in contact with the paper, the snap ensures a clean sharp print as you pull the squeegee across the image . It is possible to do sophisticated images even with these basic methods. Mono-printing techniques and blends can make your work go to another level.
We can also advise on setting up at home.
Screen printing using photo stencils
Photo screen-printing offers many possibilities. The imagery can range from photographic media scanned and separated using Photoshop, to flat surfaces of pure colour, to bold charcoal and graphite drawings or soft subtle watercolour washes, making possibilities endless with sophisticated results.
Screen printing, sometimes referred to as silk screen or serigraph, is widely used and is an extremely popular fine art print process. Computer technology has made scanning and separating images through Photoshop easier, but the use of positives made by autographic (hand drawn) marks using tru-grain ( a clear grained film) is still the most original way to make a print. Both of these techniques , need a photo emulsion applied to the screen and then exposed to UV light with the drawing in between. the unexposed areas wash away with water . leaving a hole that the ink can pass though. There many types of application of the photo emulsion but the most common is applied to the screen with a trough and dried before being used.
learn how to
- print onto T-shirts using a 3 colour press.
- Preparing screens and coating with a light sensitive emulsion.
- Making a positive from a design using photo-shop or hand drawn film positives.
- Exposing the image onto the screen with ultraviolet light developing with water with a pressure washer to wash it out.
- Printing wet on wet ink in rotation on to T shirts.
- The design of the t shirt printer can be easily replicated to do it at home.