Screenprinting Solo

In this online class students will learn both stencil and drawing fluid techniques to screen print on paper and fabric with water-based acrylic inks. These simplified screenprinting processes are non-toxic and cost-effective for those wishing to print at home without an exposure unit and photo emulsion facilities. Topics covered will include preparing new screens with block out tape, creating Tyvek stencils, the drawing fluid and screen filler technique, and textile printing. Prior screenprinting experience is not necessary.

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:

  • Students will learn about the basic requirements for a home screenprinting shop

  • Students will learn to transfer and print images with hand cut screenprinted stencils

  • Students will learn how to clean screens and maintain work area and tools

  • Students will share their work with other members of the class

Required supplies for the first class:

  • Drawing paper (copy paper is fine)

  • Pencil

  • Sharpie or permanent marker

  • Scissors

  • Tyvek- 11 5/8 x 15 1/8 free Priority Mail tyvek envelopes work and JAM makes smaller 8.5 x 11 sheets (usps.com, Staples, Amazon, Uline, also sells rolls but they are a very large and expensive)

  • X-acto or hobby knife

In the first class the instructor will review many of the supplies for setting up your shop and printing. You may want to wait to buy the items below if you are not sure how the process will work in your space. The instructor will go over each of the items individually and there may be something specific to your space that may be more ideal than what is listed. There are also many all-inclusive screen printing kits on the market, but they are often overpriced and of lower quality.

Supplies for your home screen printing shop and where to find them:

  • Cardstock or printmaking paper. Order to your desired print size if you do not have a paper cutter. Standard 8.5 x 11 or 11 x 17, and up to 13 x 19 recommended (Staples, Dick Blick, French Paper)

  • Water-based Permanent Acrylic Screen printing Inks, small 8-oz. containers are fine (note: please do not buy water-soluble inks). Black, white, and the primary colors red, yellow, and blue are recommended. (allartsupplies.com, Dick Blick)

  • Plastic pint-sized containers with lids for storing mixed ink (your recycling bin!)

  • Scrap paper, old newspaper, or newsprint paper pad (allartsupplies.com, Dick Blick)

  • Roll of clear packing tape (Staples)

  • Screen(s), 18 x 20 or 20 x 24, mesh 110 or 123 recommended, (victoryfactory.com)

  • Permanent block out tape (victoryfactory.com)

  • 12″ medium squeegee (victoryfactory.com)

  • Spatula for mixing ink

  • Drawing Fluid, 4 oz, Screen Filler 4 oz and Speed Clean 16 oz (Dick Blick)

  • Small paint brushes

  • Rags, paper towels, and/or sponge for ink clean up

  • Scissors

Other useful supplies:

  • Apron

  • Dishwashing gloves

  • Self-healing cutting mat (could use old cereal boxes or chipboard if needed)

  • Hinge clamps, Cast Hingec (victoryfactory.com)

  • 3/4″ min. board for printing surface, 18 x 23 or 20 x 27 depending on screen size, wooden proofing boards might work, (Walmart, Amazon, Lowes)

  • Drill to attach clamps to printing surface

  • Clear acetate sheet (11 x 17 or 18 x 24, also comes in pads at Dick Blick)

  • Light box, but can also use a window or computer screen

  • Drain cover to protect pipes

  • Magic Eraser sponge to clean tub or sink after cleaning out screens

  • Nylon Scrubbing pad with handle (victoryfactory.com)

  • Blue painters tape 3/4 inch (allartsupplies.com)

  • Extra shower curtain liner (if washing out screens in shower)

  • Transparent base (allartsupplies.com, Dick Blick)