Screenprint Basics

Screenprinting is an easy and versatile print technique for quickly making multiples for craft or fine art. You will learn hand-drawn and photo stencil processes, how to mix ink colors, how to break down an image into stencil layers, and how to pull a clean print on paper or t-shirts. By the end of the semester you should be able to take home a multi-colored edition to be proud of.

What you will learn:

  • Students will be able to prepare images on screens using adhesive stencils, filler stencils, and photo stencils

  • Students will be able to break down an image into color layers and mix opaque or transparent inks for printing

  • Students will be able to set up an efficient print station, print a clean edition, and work productively in a shared studio space

Required supplies

  • Start the term with: sketchbook, pencil, Sharpie, 1 roll masking tape, 1 roll clear packing tape

  • Midway through the term you will need: 3-4 colors Speedball Water-based screenprinting ink (CMYK primaries or preferred colors), 3-4 sheets Rives BFK or other smooth printmaking paper as needed for independent project, 1-4 T-shirts or other clothing blanks, 1-2 colors Speedball textile screen-printing ink, thumb drive to bring in photo resources