Screenprinting at 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.

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.

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:

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

  • Possible ideas for images of cut-outs: i.e., photos, drawings, magazine clippings that we will use as source material to make cut-out shapes for your first screenprint image of layer of color (the instructor will be in touch via email about this)

  • Pencils and erasers

  • Sharpie marker, standard size

  • Scissors and/or X-Acto Knife (Dick Blick, Artist & Craftsman, Staples, Amazon)

  • Self-healing cutting board (any art store supply, Staples, Amazon, etc.) or a piece of cardboard to cut on when using X-Acto Knife

  • Freezer wrap (grocery store)

  • Clear contact paper (Home Depot or Lowes, Amazon) and/or Borden & Riley Denril (polypropylene material), 3.5 mil multimedia vellum pad, 9″ x 12″, 25 Sheets, one pad (highly recommend by the instructor) (Dick Blick, Artist & Craftsman, any other art supply store, Staples, Amazon, etc.) or a sheet or roll of Graphix drafting film matte, two-sided .003” thick (no thicker than this) (Dick Blick)

  • Once you register for the class, the instructor will email you a list of items that you need to order as soon as possible for setting up a basic screenprinting studio/area in your home. Ordering the needed items right away will ensure that you have everything in time to be able to work on the first day of class. Time will be spent working together to assemble everything and figure out unique solutions for a variety of living spaces.