Today I bring you Bre Pettis of Make Magazine, who partnered with Matt Stinchcomb of Etsy to put together this fabulously fun tutorial on screen printing. They cover the whole process from start to finish, and even include some extra outside-the-box ideas at the end. The only thing I’d like to add is that they’re using a large printing setup more for the serious printer, but you can do the same process at home using a simpler setup with just a single screen attached with hinges to a board that you print on. I’ll be posting some other videos soon that show how to make a screen/screening station for those who are interested in being a little more hands-on (a.k.a. cheap)… like myself.
Kudos on the wolf gear guys… you make me want my own epic animal gang!
I stumbled on this cheap & dirty DIY tutorial while doing a bit of research tonight. If you’ve ever wanted to play around with screen printing but didn’t want to spend a lot of cashola on buying a kit, this might work for you. They used old picture frames to create the screens, and exposed the screens in the sun instead of using a fancy schmancy lighting setup. Having worked at a print shop in my early college years – I do know a bit about the process and this DIY does seem to cover just about everything. My only suggestions would be to use actual silk screen mesh instead of a curtain (more moolah, but it will last longer) and to secure the screen to a work table with clamps while you are printing – as it would be really difficult to keep it in place with only one hand while you are trying to push ink through with the other hand. Better to just lock it down tight.
I should also add that this system is best for doing one-color prints. You’d really want to buy or build a more extensive setup to do multiple colors. If you’re interested in purchasing a kit that has all you need, silkscreeningsupplies.com has some great packages and decent prices. Now it is time… to go forth and print!
I found this great video tutorial today that demonstrates how to make engraved Ukrainian eggs out of brown chicken eggs using toilet bowl cleaner! I know.. you are so full of intrigue now that you just must watch it. ;)
I’ve spent the last week or so doing a bit of research on glass etching for this month’s project. I’ve found that there are basically two main methods for doing glass etching: corrosive cream or sand-blasting. Being a chick who loves big, fancy power tools.. the idea of doing some hardcore sand-blasting certainly sounds like a lot of fun! I will likely end up having to go the route of the corrosive cream instead, for cost purposes and lack of having a giant awesome sand-blaster. Darnit!
The below video demonstrates these two methods in a pretty basic and easy-to-understand way. The creation of stencils is not covered in this video though, so going to do a bit more looking around to find some good examples of different ways to create designs. Enjoy!
I came across this article the other day about how to create a portrait studio setting outdoors on pretty much no budget. This sounds like my domain for sure.. especially since I’m pouring all of my excess money right now into savings for a new car. Finally, after 10 years.. I will have a heater and power windows! (This will benefit everyone.. especially those who have kindly given me rides on the coldest of winter days.. and the rest who have heard me endlessly bitch about driving anywhere in the winter.)
So the article basically describes making a “set” by draping a sheet over a wooden dowel hanging on two folding ladders. The rest is basically playing around with bouncing sunlight onto your subject. Sounds simple enough even for me! Not to mention, fun!
The results look pretty promising too! Kind of jealous that I will not have a rooster in my shots though..
Things are in the works to have my first shoot this weekend and hopefully a second shoot the weekend after. Very delighted to so far be having a great turnout of friends interested in helping out and getting their portraits taken! Such brave souls they are. ;)
Photo credits: Alexis Godschalk