Please note, we did this screen print in a studio, however, you can do all of these steps at home, it might just take a little longer to get set up. For help setting up your silkscreen using lights at home, this tutorial is great (link http://www.instructables.com/id/Photo-emulsion-Screen-Printing/). We also chose to print on canvas for this tutorial. If you also choose canvas and would like to eventually stretch that over a frame, this tutorial may be worthwhile as well (link http://www.instructables.com/id/Stretching-the-Canvas-at-TechShop/)
By Clay and Matt (Batman and Robin).
Step 1: Step 1: Gather Materials
- Brainstorm some preliminary designs. We chose the mouse and cheese design in the bottom left.
- A flat table or desk to work on
- A large silk screen
- Silk screen ink and paint
- Photo emulsion
- Photo emulsion coater bar
- Transparency film
- High wattage light bulb or light table
- Patience and a lot of time
Step 2: Step 2: Design on the Computer
Step 3: Step 3: Prepare the Screen
Step 4: Step 4: Expose the Screen
Step 5: Step 5: Wash Out Emulsion
Step 6: Step 6: Tape Up the Screen
Step 7: Step 7: Print Reference Image for Hand-Painting
How to print:
- Pour an even bar of ink onto the screen below the design.
- With the squeegee, "flood" the screen by spreading the ink over the design. For this step, you do not want to press the ink through, rather just skim it across the screen.
- Once the screen is flooded, pull the squeegee back toward you with even pressure. Make sure the squeegee is angled toward you so that you are scraping one edge along the screen at about a twenty five degree angle.
- Wash out the screen once the printing is complete. If you are doing multiple prints keep repeating this process until you have finished. Once you wash the screen out, it is important to wait for it to dry before using it again.