Screen Printing Class
I have been learning to screenprint at the London Print Trust, A lot of my work is predominately digital and computer-based. With the resurgence of screen-printing and hand made products, I became very interested in learning more about screen-printing, to further the look and feel of my illustration work.
The course involved learning the basic skills of screen printing:
Reclaiming a used screen, which involved applying stencil removing liquid, allowing it to dry, and washing it off with a high-powered water jet, which removes all traces of the old screen artwork.
Screen Coating, apply a coating of cps 200 ultra coat stencil emulsion to screen and place in dryer to be used for exposing the screen to stencil artwork.
Stencil Exposure, this process involves exposing the newly applied screen coating to the stencil artwork. The screen is placed above the black and white silhouette artwork which you intend to expose. This process takes place inside a dark room, the screen is then exposed to UV light which exposes it to the silhouette artwork. Once the artwork is exposed to the correct length of time, the screen is then washed using a high powered water jet and tried. You will be left with the artwork on your newly exposed screen, ready to be screen printed with.
Once I practised the above steps, I was ready to start screen printing, since this was a course, it involved experimenting, with different screen printing techniques and varying materials of papers and fabrics. This was a fantastic course to learn a new skill and meet some interesting people in the process.