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The Art of Screen Printing

It’s been gorgeous weather lately, which gives everyone even more reason to be out and about. In June, our Studio team has been busy as ever, not just enjoying the sun with the rest of us, but exploring creative workshops and discovering new exhibitions to go to.

Here’s what Michèle has been doing…

I’ll be honest, screen printing isn’t something I have been able to do in my time as a designer! So when I heard about a screen printing workshop in Dalston, I was excited. Before attending we had some homework – I had to choose an illustration or image to screen print. It might sound easy, but it’s a tricky task, as I had little screen printing knowledge and wanted to choose the right image for the print to ensure the result was of the highest quality. Once at the workshop, I was able to select a suitable final image from my pre-selection of what felt like thousands of images, and it was turned black and white – ready to be burnt onto a screen for printing. 

We were then taught about the history of screen printing – how it works, the different screens and the methods of printing on different materials, along with examples of good and bad screen prints. The venue also had a number of people working on professional screen print projects during our workshop, and those were fascinating to see – it’s not often you can see professionals working on live projects as you sit in the middle of them learning about the process!

After running through the process and seeing it in action, we set off to get our own screens ready. We went into a dark room lit with a red bulb to add emulsion to our screens, which was what our artwork was burnt into once the emulsion had dried. We then set up the screens on tables kept in place with clamps to push the paint through onto paper, using the same screen over and over again until the project is done.

It was a great day in a fun environment, and I was able to take six prints home as a memento of the day – have a look at my screen print on our Studio Instagram page @our_studiogram. By doing the workshop I can now go on to become a member of Print Club London, and I have another tool in the box when it comes to design ideas now – I’m looking forward to speaking to clients about how screen printing can be used in their design work!

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