Screenprinting Workshop FAQs

Can I keep my screen?
In the Kitchen Table Screenprinting workshop series, you’ll get to keep a custom silkscreen, as many prints as you can make in 2 hours (plain fabric provided, but bring your own tshirts, totes, etc), a PDF instruction guide so you can remember what the heck you did when you want to make another screen for yourself, and a surprise gift too.

What is the age limit for Kitchen Table Screenprinting?
This is designed for adult learners, however youth 12+ will easily build tool competencies. The Kitchen Table Screenprinting method is beginner friendly: we use light duty staple guns, choke up on our hammers, cut fabric efficiently, and use safety precautions with photo emulsion. I have over 15 years experience leading creative and practical workshops for all ages and bodies, so your kid (or your inner kid) will find this a safe and fun learning environment.

How does my image get onto the screen?
Most beginner screenprinting tutorials online just show you how to screenprint using paper stencils or glue resists. That’s great for the basics, but if you want print a saying with a fancy font or hand lettering, put your kids awesome sketches onto a tshirt, or do small production runs to mark an event, you need to get the power of photo-emulsion involved. In Kitchen Table Screenprinting you will prepare a transparency and use controlled lighting to expose your image onto a prepared screen. You’ll end up creating a super fancy stencil that is embedded in a mesh screen and mounted on a sturdy frame – it’s pretty enough to hang it on your wall, too!

How does screenprinting work? How big can my image be, can I do two designs on one screen?
Screenprinting is a fancy way of saying “pushing ink through a stencil with a squeegee”. There are so many ways to approach it to achieve different results! Cool fact: it first started in the late 18th century when Japanese printers used threads to brace their stencils, eliminating the bridge that is used in paper stencils (known as the Yuzen process). In Kitchen Table Screenprinting we’ll learn to print a single colour design using the Diazo photo-emulsion method.

What can I print on?

You can use these techniques to print on anything flat. I’ve printed on suit jackets, blouses, neckties, baby onesies, quilting fabric, tote bags, t-shirts and sweaters. This class is awesome for crafters and makers who want to add some flair to their products! Is it flat? (check) Is it made from at least 50% cotton or natural fibres? (check) Is it smooth? (check) Are the threads of the fabric close together? (check)

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