Screenprint From Home

Whether you are a beginner or an advanced screenprinter, here is your chance to learn how to set up your own studio space at home and how to screenprint with low tech techniques. During the first week’s class time, you will learn various ways to set up a basic screenprinting studio/area in your home: ordering the right type of screen, squeegee, scoop coater(optional), non-toxic water-based screenprinting inks, how to make a printing unit with hinge clamps, possible print hanging systems, and options for ways to wash out your screen at home, and more. Please note: no ink or solids will ever be allowed down drains. Screens will be cleaned and “reclaimed” outside of the water source, sink, etc. For the final rinsing off of screens to clean after printing, as well as for the final steps in reclaiming of screens to remove stencils, a kitchen sink, shower or tub will be used

This class will then focus on learning how to make screenprints using very direct, low tech techniques for creating stencils. You will make an edition of twelve prints of at least two colors or a series of monoprint and/or monotype screenprints on paper or fabric.

Special Notes
This is an online class hosted through Zoom. We recommend that you download the free Zoom application on your computer, phone, or tablet in advance of the first class. Within 48 hours of registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the course via Zoom. The same link will be used each week.

Tuition Assistance is Available
To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. We have recently streamlined the application process, making it even quicker and easier. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Aug. 12. Tuition assistance notifications will be sent by Wednesday, August 26.

What you will learn:

  • The requirements for setting up a basic home screenprinting studio/area

  • Understanding of the variety of direct to screen stencil making techniques available for the screenprint artist

  • Techniques to make very freeing screenprint monotypes and monoprints

  • Image planning with color separations

  • How to mix colors using screenprinting ink

  • How to pull a screenprint

  • How to clean screens and maintain work area and tools

Required supplies to screenprint at home:

  • Once you register for the class, the instructor will be emailing you the “comprehensive supply list” of items which has more detail and exactly where to purchase all items. You will work together on putting everything together and figuring out unique solutions for a variety of living spaces.

  • Hinge clamps

  • ¾” minimum thick SMOOTH board for printing unit surface or a work table that can be drilled into, it should be at least 3 inches wider than the screen in length and width

  • Drill to attach hinge clamps to printing unit’s surface or a work table

  • A sheet of Grafix Dura-lar Clear Acetate Alternative, (polyester film) for printing registration

  • Silkscreen(s): mesh count no smaller than 200 monofilament, outside dimensions no larger than 20” x 24”

  • Screenprinting block-out tape (polyethylene film tape coated with an aggressive adhesive)

  • Squeegee 14” to 17” wide or 12” wide or smaller depending on your needs, medium (70 Durometer)

  • Rubber spatulas (3 to 5) , we use as ink knives

  • Plastic cards, i.e. old store or gift cards, hotel keys, etc.

  • Speedball brand water-based textile or permanent acrylic screenprinting inks, in 8-oz. containers [note: do not buy water-soluble inks — read labels carefully] Definitely buy black, white, and the primary colors: red (called “dark red”), yellow, and blue OR the process colors: process cyan, process magenta, process yellow. You may, of course, buy any other colors you like

  • Speedball brand transparent base in 32 oz jar or gallon container

  • Speedball brand retarder base

  • About two to five plastic pint size containers with lids for storing mixed ink

  • Printmaking paper (archival cotton paper): any smooth , heavy weight at close to 140 lb. (300gsm) printmaking or archival paper in pads that is larger than your image size to print, i.e. Stonehenge Drawing Paper Pads, Anthem 1618 Paper Pads by Speedball, Strathmore 400 Series Printmaking Paper OR smooth archival card stock or Bristol board

  • 18 X 24-inch or smaller, depending on the size of your screen, newsprint paper pad

  • Roll of masking tape or blue painter’s tape, 1 or 2 inches wide

  • Heavy duty blue shop towels or extra absorbent paper towels

  • Old dish towels or hand towels to dry the frame of the screen

  • Plastic buckets or quart size or larger plastic containers for water to clean your screen

  • Two empty spray bottles, the size and type for misting laundry

  • At least three sponges (no scrubber side)

  • OPTIONAL- One or two soft back brushes or (preferred) short handled Super Soft Car Wash Brush with Flagged Bristles

  • Dishwashing Liquid, any kind

  • Simple Green, a jug

  • Recycled newspapers or free papers

  • Mesh drain catcher

  • Protective gloves, such as dishwashing type that extend up to elbows

  • An apron that can get messed up with ink

Supplies for the first lesson (“cut-out/cut paper” stencil technique):

  • Sketchbook/blank notebook or copy paper, at least 8 ½” x 11”

  • Pencils and erasers

  • Sharpie marker, standard size

  • Scissors and X-Acto Knife

  • Self-healing cutting board or a piece of cardboard to cut on when using X-Acto Knife

  • Freezer paper

  • Matte clear adhesive shelf and drawer liner (clear contact paper) and/or Borden & Riley Denril (polypropylene material), 3.5 Mil Multi-Media Vellum Pad, 9 x 12 inches or larger, 25 sheets, 1 pad OR (instead of Denril) a sheet or roll of Graphix Drafting Film Matte, 2-Sided .003” thick (no thicker than this for cut-out stencils)

  • More supplies for positive and negative direct drawing on the screen and monotypes will be discussed