On Monday, I was a group that was introduced to Screen Printing. The group met with tutor Danny, who is a visiting lecturer and he introduced what screen printing was and how it worked.
Screen Printing is a technique used to print images by using ink and a screen that is made out of mesh. To create image, a mesh is used to transfer ink however blocking stencil would used to block out ink to create a desirable image. A squeegee will be used to move the ink across the screen to fill the open mesh. The mesh is made out polyester that has been stretched and been held by a metal framework.
This session, we were taught how to clean the screen. Danny did a set by step of how to clean the screen safely and explained what students tend to do by not following these rules. Danny rubs screen blocker remover on the screen using a kidney shape sponge.
Danny attaches a hose to the sink and tells the group how to handle the hose by pulling a ring down and pull and not by grabbing the hand pulling the hand off the tap.
He then water down the chemicals just to stop the chemical reaction.
He gets a jet spray, he uses this water down the paint that the chemical loosened.
Danny gets a square shaped sponge and applies detergent on it. He uses steregent to degrease the screen.
He sprays the screen with water using a hose.
Once it completed cleaned, The screen then gets transported into the darkroom where the heaters are located. Danny tells the whole group about what the perfect temperature is for the heating and gives us advice about placing the screen. The advice to place the screen on the bottom rack because if place at the top, the water droplets from the wet screen will fall down on the rack beneath which will cause the screen below to be blocked and it can’t be used.
If you look closer, you can use the dots.
To get an image of your choosing onto the screen, Danny used the room a machine that allows us to apply an image onto the screen
On another lesson on Thursday, The group were able to create our own prints.