In this workshop session the topic was on screen printing where I learned the process of how to screen print. Below I have listed the process of how I created my screen print in steps.
The silk screens was coated with a special emulsion which its purpose was to stop any ink from seeping through the screen when printing, where it is not wanted.
The kodatrace with my desired design(simple pattern) on is placed onto a large exposure unit (which is like a big lightbox). The coated screen is placed on top of the design and exposed to the light for a specific amount of time.
The screen was then rinsed with water and the emulsion was carefully washed away leaving a clear mesh to show the imprint of the design. The screen was then touched up with the emulsion.
I then laid my fabric out and placed the screen on top and evenly poured a small amount of ink horizontally across the top of the screen. I then took the squeegee and made one smooth movement down the screen, exerting strong pressure. I ran the squeegee up, down, left, and right a couple times to push all the ink through onto the fabric. When I was completely satisfied I lifted the screen up and my design was successfully printed onto the fabric.
I found this process very fun and a very creative technique for printing. I enjoyed making screen prints and I would definitely use this technique in future projects.
Health and safety procedures followed:
- No running
- No food/ eating or drinking
- Sensible behaviour
- Wash and dry screen carefully
- Do not throw water around