The CraftMNL x Hocus Screen Printing Workshop
|June 20, 2012||Posted by fozzy under Nuffins|
When the crafters I follow started posting about this workshop, I was so excited. Read about their sessions HERE and HERE. Anyway, it was a huge YAY! A printing workshop! Thank you, CraftMNL, for this and for keeping handmade alive.
They said to bring a one-color design. I drew a banner and wrote calligraphy. I wanted the words to come out white and the banner to have the color. It seemed like a good idea (I still think it is), until I had to trace it onto the tracing paper. It took me forever, and all my control to keep my hands from shaking. I was the last one to finish my design. I should’ve had it printed.
The screens were done in advance for us (the emulsion’s already dry and the frame already taped). What we had to do was transfer the design – this part was SO COOL. The emulsion is light and heat sensitive. So with the design flat on the screen, we propped them onto a light box. Then waited around a minute and 20 seconds. Then rinsed the screens with water. Parts of the design that are black (not cooked with light or heat) will wash away. Watching the design appear sent my heart a-flutter. I wanted to scream with joy.
That’s Andrei and Sheina of Hocus demonstrating how to start printing – flood stroke then print stroke! Yup, just two quick strokes and your design’s a-printed! It took me a number of practice sheets to get the angle of the squeegee and the rhythm working for my print. It’s much like getting muscle memory for calligraphy.
I actually started out with red paint (they recommend textile or acrylic) but it felt too bold for the design. After cleaning my screen I switched to yellow but then it was too bright. I decided to mix the two to get a yellow-orange gradient.
They gave us blank watercolor cardstock cut into postcard sizes for our prints. I was in denial when I ran out of postcards. I wanted to do more! And I loved doing this so much, here’s another shot:
I’m busying my brain thinking of what design I could print next. There are fireworks inside my head right now.To learn more about CraftMNL and their future workshops, do like them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CraftMNL