Silkscreening is such a great happy medium — nestled comfortably half-way between hand-drawn and mass production, more colourful than photocopying and with an aesthetic all its own. Artist Shannon Gerard broke out her silkscreening gear to make cool shirts and posters for her upcoming comic launch, and despite being crazy busy has shared her skills in this funny and detailed tutorial. Read on to learn how to print your own posters, shirts, or whatever you fancy printing on, and how the Virgin Mary and Spiderman join forces to help her out. Home Screenprinting Tutorial by Shannon Gerard. The first thing you need when setting up a home print shop is the screen I know, weird. Screens with aluminium frames last much longer than wooden frames which warp after repeated washings. Aluminium screens are usually only 10 dollars more than wooden screens of the same size, so even if you plan to use your screen more than one time, the extra money is definitely worthwhile.
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Ryonet offers the widest variety of silk screening presses in the United States. The Riley Hopkins JR table top 4 color press combines the quality and reputation of Riley Hopkins Equipment, the industries most sold manual screen It's great to learn on but can also produce high quality one color prints as Need to screen print in a pinch?
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Screen printing is a printing technique whereby a mesh is used to transfer ink onto a substrate, except in areas made impermeable to the ink by a blocking stencil. A blade or squeegee is moved across the screen to fill the open mesh apertures with ink, and a reverse stroke then causes the screen to touch the substrate momentarily along a line of contact. This causes the ink to wet the substrate and be pulled out of the mesh apertures as the screen springs back after the blade has passed. One color is printed at a time, so several screens can be used to produce a multicoloured image or design. There are various terms used for what is essentially the same technique.
After dinner all 10 of us made an impromptu trip to target. Impromptu trips are the best, impromptu trips to Target.. Full bellies, no rush, love.. SO, out came the painters tape and silk screen templates and after about 45mins the art-attack was over!