|How to Make a Silkscreen Using
There are two basic methods of creating a silkscreen for printing: photo emulsion or cutting.
The process explained here is the more primitive cutting process which requires a bit more manual dexterity than the photo emulsion method.
Cutting is also somewhat more limited in terms of how fine a pattern can be burned--the limit is your own patience and cutting skills.
However, this limit can be an advantage as hand-cut screens convey more of the artist's hand and demand ingenuity to create simple yet elegant designs.
The below sheet links to a high-resolution .pdf. It provides the highlights of the process and materials checklist, but you'll have more fun the first time out if you can do it with someone who's done it before. Shop online or call a local crafts store to find the required materials.
CAUTION! Lacquer thinner is nasty stuff. Wear gloves and a respirator and work outside if possible when doing step 7.
Silkscreening How-to (photo) - March 19, 2003
Silkscreening workshop - October 2, 2002
Silkscreening workshop (AoR 1) - May 15, 2004
Silkscreening Workshop (AoR 2) - May 14, 2005
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