Another stay-at-home session perfect for anyone wanting to try their hand silk screen printing from home. This is a Self Directed ONLINE Silk Screen Printing Techniques workshop which consists of a series of videos, PDFs and blogs which will guide you through the silk screen printing process. The workshop has been developed by textile artist Dionne Swift who will be on hand to support you in an online Private Facebook group along with a group of amazing ‘Print Ambassadors’ who will be able to help you on your way.
NOTE: you have unlimited access!!
Although silk screen printing has the reputation of needing vast amounts of equipment; huge screens, big washout areas, exposure units etc. this online course takes a much more accessible approach. You will learn Dionne’s tried and tested techniques in step by step guides.
This is a technique based workshop, so an ability to draw or design isn’t essential. There are downloadable images to print off and use as visual inspiration – but you can work from your own imagery too.
- Session 1 – equipment and setting up a suitable studio space
- Session 2 – mixing dyes and printing pastes
- Session 3 – printing technique: stencils
- Session 4 – printing technique: flour paste
- Session 5 – printing technique: monoprinting
- Session 6 – printing technique: breakdown
- Session 7 – processing your cloth
- STOP PRESS!!! Session 8 – bonus session – DIY exposure unit!!!
Once you have paid you will be sent and email with all the links and passwords you need to access the workshop information. It is suggested that you start at session 1 and work your way through systematically. You will be able to watch and re-watch the instructional videos as often as you wish.
Interaction with your fellow students via a Facebook group is encouraged and this will be a key point of contact and feedback, here you can share images of your results and get that all important support.
Here is a list of requirements for the workshop:
- Silk Screen and Squeegee – ideally approx A4 in size [A quick Google or Ebay search will provide you with reasonably priced equipment
Procion dyes with Manutex thickener Available HERE [Kemtex – Reactive Dye kit, you may have some of your own already] It is suggested that you may need at least 500gms of extra manutex F700 powder to run alongside this dye kit. Urea and Soda Ash/Bicarbonate of Soda are also in the kit…you will need those too [Either soda ash or bicarb – both work]
- 500gms of urea & or soda ash/bicarb would always be useful
- Fabric – approx 2m to start with – 100% cotton white/natural coloured. You’ll need more as the addiction takes hold! Opt for a plain rather than a textured weave for now. [Silk, linen & viscose are also great to use, but more expensive when you’re learning the process] Give your fabric a wash in the machine before starting to get rid of any processing coating that may have been applied [no need to soda soak!]
- Craft knife/scalpel with cutting board or scissors
- Copier/printer paper
- Kitchen roll
- A few paint brushes/mark making tools
- Masking tape
- Plain flour
- Yogurt pots/jam jars/mixing containers – start collecting, a dozen should be fine
- 1 litre plastic measuring jug
- An electric stick blender: Wilko have a very inexpensive blender [the type you stick in a saucepan to liquidise soup!]
- A wipeable printing surface: pond liner, heavy plastic, laminated table cloth: as large or small as your work space will allow.