Screen Printing Shenanigans

In a screen printing workshop last night we covered two techniques: photographic emulsion stencils and the drawing fluid-screen filler combo. The workshop participants learned how to coat their own screens, prepare film positives, expose and develop screens as well as print on paper and t-shirts.

The coated screens were absolute perfection! Which is unheard of for first-timers. This was a great group with diverse ideas and images. Looking forward to seeing what they create next.

painting on the drawing fluid – once this dries the screen filler is coated across the screen. Then the drawing fluid washes out because it is water soluble and creates a stencil

photo 1

oiling up the paper to create a film positive – the black ink blocks out light and keeps the light sensitive emulsion soft while the translucent background lets light pass through and hardens the emulsion. What is black will wash out of the screen and create a stencil

photo 4

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About mitchcollective

MITCH Collective is a community-driven catalyst promoting creativity in the Ohio Valley. MITCH Collective enriches Martins Ferry, Ohio and nearby towns by: -inviting artists, writers, and musicians to experience the beauty and creative potential of the area while creating new work and interacting with local residents through the residency program. -inspiring a historically economically depressed area by teaching new skills and ideas that will help foster new problem solving approaches for challenges that face the community. -collaborating with nonprofit and municipal organizations in Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania to bring innovative, interdisciplinary projects to life. Facilities include printmaking, screen printing, sewing, quilting, and bookbinding. Visit www.mitchcollective.org for more information.
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