Screen Printing – Session One

Monday 30th January 2017 Was our induction day in the screen printing room. We didn’t really get to do much screen printing this day as it was more for learning the process, the tools and what goes where. There is a lot of health and safety to remember and no matter how careful you think you are, you still manage to find paint on you SOMEWHERE.

The main spots and things to remember for this workshop would be (Not in a particular order):

  1. The wash room. I’m not sure this is the actually name for the room but it is where all the washing takes place so it makes sense. In this room, two main things takes place. Washing of screens, tubs, brushes – ultimately anything that needs to be washed. There is a sink or a very long train of sink, with two different types of sponges. There is also a large table in the middle for the room where people place their screens to clean with the solution (a large milk bottle shaped bottle with purple stuff inside). There is also another large cleaning space, kind of like a wall sink that you use the pressured water pistol tool (honestly just making up names  at this point but you get the point), to clean of your screens and whilst doing this process you are told to wear the ear muffs to stop you from going deaf.

2. The drying and developing room. It’s a small room where right at the back there is a bunch of draws for drying out the screens (wet one at the bottom, drying ink and dryer screens at the top). There’s also a violet light machine that transfers your drawings onto the screen. Before you use it, you must of course put the purple ink in the middle of the screen where you would like your print to go and then going in, you must turn off the light. Set the timer to 18secs. Place your image or drawing down in the middle, then the screen in the middle of the glass on top, close with the rubber top and close the buckles also. Turn on the vacuum so you can see the screen’s outline and switch on the button to go. When the times is up, you turn off the vacuum and take it out, you won’t see it straight away so you have to go wash the screen. Don’t turn off the machine, takes too long to come back on.

3. The Studio Space. This is where all the magic takes place, you could say. Keep all your stuff on the side cause paint gets everywhere. Don’t mix paints in their original pots, get a separate mixing pot. Use cutting boards for hand made stencils. Be careful in general of big, heavy tools/object. Put your work on the drying rack. Make sure you sign off a screen that no one else is using. Have Fun!




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