Getting Started with Screen Printing
If you are accessing this assignment in the month of December (before we leave for Winter Break), then you need to make sure that you have all assignments complete before completing this!
Design your Image 8 1/2"x 11"! It must be simple!
(Photoshop or Illutrator)
Since this is your first attempt at a print, limit fine lines. Design your image in such a way that it would work well as a sillhouette. You may use an illustration or text, or a combination of both.
We will begin by learning 1 color in a DIY process.
your Design should be Black only!!!!
Here are some links to help you create a silhouette, if needed.
Submit your image to be printed.
Your image will need to be copied onto a sheet of transparency film. Upload the image to Edmodo as a .PDF. It must be a solid color of black.
Prepare your frame
You will need a photo frame. If it has the glass and backing, remove it.
Cut a Piece of Mesh/Sheer Fabric
Be careful not to cut more than you need. You only need enough to strech across your frame.
Stretch the fabric across the Frame and Staple
Start at each corner...(Then move across the frame).
Be sure to pull tight! Don't tear the fabric though!!
Be sure that you don't have much give in the fabric, otherwise it will be a disaster!
Cover the edges with duck tape
The Duck Tape creates a barrier for the frame against water and paint. This way you can wash and reuse the frame. The inside of the frame has an indention. Be sure to tape inside this area, but touch the mesh!
Then tape over the staples and any other area where the frame is exposed.
Cover with Photo Emulsion
You will need to take the squeegee and carefully cover all of the screen with the photo emulsion. Be sure not to have too much!!!
Let Dry in the Dark Room
You'll need to let it sit in the dark room until the next class period...or at least an hour later. Remember the light burns the emulsion to make it stay in the fabric...if it drys in the light you won't be able to burn your graphic.
Burn the Image
You'll need the transparency, glass to fit over the tranparency (be careful), and your complete frame.
Lay the transparency over the frame. Be careful to lay it down the right way, or your image will be backward!!!!
Wash Out The Excessive Emulsion
This takes patience. You will begin to see the area where the emulsion did not burn. The water will begin to remove this.
Now let it dry!!!
Once it's dry you can begin to make prints. At first..start by practicing.
Once your sure of yourself, you can bring in a shirt, or some type of fabric to print on.
You'll also have an assignment of creating fine art with your print. I tell you more about that in a different assignment post.