This weekend I put on a paint covered apron and went to a Screen Printing for Beginners day course with Collette, aka Crafty Glitten. We were super excited.
Screen printing often uses a woven silk screen to support an ink-blocking stencil to receive a desired image. Our tutor Clive, was brilliant and introduced the techniques at a good pace. We started with basic paper printing, using our own stencils.
The silk screens we used were basic, but worked well for learning the skills. Using the squeegee was fun and I’m all for a craft which uses paint and makes a mess!
We learnt more screen printing techniques as the day progressed, mastering registration (multiple layers of colour on one image) using acetate. This useful 3 part blog post from Print Cut Sew explains how to master screen printing registration.
There was plenty of washing of the screen throughout the day and we made sure to use an extender to dilute the ink to the correct consistency. Blending colours and using fountain techniques also followed.
Here are my screen prints from the class. You can tell I’m not very good at drawing right?! Basic shapes worked for me. Collette made an awesome layered print of a sperm whale.
I had taken a plain tote bag to screen print onto, hoping that we would learn techniques for printing on fabric as well as paper. I decide to sketch a bicycle (thanks google image search) and print that onto my bag – predictable much?!
We came away from the class having learnt a whole heap of screen printing skills and even more excited about continuing the craft at home. Our tutor Clive directed us to plenty of resources to find out more, one of which is Catspit Productions on You Tube.
Have you ever tried screen printing?