Screenprinting tips from Intro to Screen students

1 12 2010

Tips for screenprinting from the VISA 251 Intro to Screenprinting Class

  • Take the time to ensure that your registration tabs are perfect at the beginning
  • Don’t use thick ink
  • Double check that your positives are facing the correct way before exposing your screen
  • Make sure how much ink you need for the print—try not to mix too much or too little
  • Do not let your ink dry in your screen
  • Use the techniques you are taught—trapping will make sure there are no gaps at the end to make a nicer print
  • Know your techniques and materials—try everything once (screenprinting techniques only) and experiment with how the techniques work. You will find they work better in different situations
  • A well detailed plan is a must.
  • Be conscious that other people also work in the studio.  Act accordingly.
  • Don’t rely on your arms’ brute strength when pulling squeegees, use the weight of your upper body and maintain a stable stance
  • Remember to use a flood coat so the ink does not dry in the screen
  • If you keep yourself organized and clean up, it helps. Always have what you need handy and CLEAN AS YOU GO
  • Double check your registration before printing on good paper, it helps to have a bunch (how much is a bunch) of Mayfair paper that you can practice on to get it right
  • The more you print, the better you can get
  • The frosted Mylar can be re-used–you can wash off  or re-hydrate toner washes with ammonia
  • Be thorough! Register your brains out, always check to make sure everyting is lined up right.
  • Always have a rag ready for cleaning up spills
  • Label your inks before you forget what is in the container
  • Give yourself more time than you think you will need
  • Don’t forget to tape or block out the margins
  • Remember to place registration tabs on the backside of the prints
  • Make sure the floor wax solution container is clean before re-sealing it  because it is hard to remove the lid
  • Use emulsion sparingly—it doesn’t need a thick coating
  • Always make sure your screen is securely clamped and fastened
  • Focus on squeegee angle and pressure to make consistent prints
  • Start with less layers planned out and ‘play’ with the image along the way. It makes for less stressful and more creative printing
  • Check to see that the floor wax block-out is not breaking down—and be prepared to use tape to address areas where it doesn’t cover
  • Plan and organize before printing and have a lot of patience
  • Do your registration correctly on the first copy
  • Always fit the squeegee to the narrowest dimension of the screen—and keep it at least 2 ½ inches away from all edges
  • If you are pulling the long way of the screen, put the clamps on the narrow length of the screen and not along the edges—That way the clamps will not create a difference in height when you pull the squeegee



One response to “Screenprinting tips from Intro to Screen students”

    7 11 2011
      icrawfor (09:50:31) :     

    Hi Katelyn:
    Thanks . Please use the posting and I am happy with receiving credit.


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