This specific tutorial will show you how to make a printing screen using the monochrome image which you created in the first part of this tutorial.
Step 1: What You Will Need
- a computer print out of the monochrome image which you wish to screen print
- an embroidery hoop large enough to accommodate your monochrome image
- fabric (non-water-soluble) glue
- a pair of tights (nylons) - the tighter the weave, the more detailed the resulting print will be
- a coloured pencil (in a colour that will show up on the tights you are using)
- a cheap/old paint brush
Step 2: Setting Up the Blank Screen
Step 3: Transferring Your Image From Paper to Screen
At this point you can refer back to the original photograph & add in any additional details, such as the whiskers in the case, which have been lost in the conversion to monochrome. You can include as much or as little detail as you like. I like to draw smooth lines & geometric shapes rather than stick faithfully to the monochrome image, but that's just my personal preference.
Step 4: Painting the Image Onto the Screen With Glue (1)
Step 5: Painting the Image Onto the Screen With Glue (2)
It's important to ensure that the material of the screen is not touching the surface on which you are working, otherwise you will end up glueing the screen to the surface! You can switch to a finer brush to paint thin lines & detailed parts of the image, & use a thicker brush to apply glue to larger areas of the screen, including a border of 1-2 inches outside the outline of your image.
Once you have filled all the black (or white) parts of the screen with a thin layer of glue, set the screen aside (propped upright so that it doesn't stick to anything) & allow to dry before turning over & repeating the process on the other side. (It isn't strictly necessary to repeat the glue-painting process on both sides of the screen, but I find that it results in a crisper print & a more durable screen which can be re-used over & over again.)
Once the screen is completely dry, it is ready to use to make a print of your image, which I'll describe how to do in the next & final tutorial in this series.