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How to Mix Pigment and Binder to Screen Print onto Fabric

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Making your own inks for screen printing onto fabric is an economical way to get a wide range of colours exactly to your specifications. The mixed inks will leave the fabric soft and washable. Here's how to mix them: Read more

Making a Fabric Printing Pad

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Having a fabric printing pad makes a huge difference when you're printing at home or in the studio. When screen printing or block printing onto fabrics, it helps to have slight padding underneath your printing surface to ensure you get an even print. You can also pin out fabric to the pad. We use these in the studio to print lengths of fabric, t-shirts and tote bags. They're also fantastic to use when printing with Thermofax Screens. They're really easy to make. Here's how: Read more

Meet the Maker 2018

Thursday, January 03, 2019

It's January and time to kick start our creative selves after the hustle and bustle of Christmas. We've had a brilliant year of Meet the Maker interviews in 2018. Scroll down for a chance to remind yourself of who we've talked to this year and take a look at the advice they offered.  Read more

Relief Printing Rollers: A Comprehensive Guide

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Choosing the right roller for your relief printing can get confusing. Different uses, budgets, sizes and preferences can dictate which roller is best for you. We've put together a guide to lino rollers to help you choose the best roller for you. Read more

Which Carbon Paper Should I Use?

Thursday, October 25, 2018

When transferring designs to a block, there are several factors to consider: can the design be seen on the block? Will it wash off? Will the design be transferred to the print? In this project, we test two different carbon papers on six different relief blocks. We test them with three types of ink: waterbased, water washable and oil based to see which combinations work the best.  Read more

Ironing the Wax out of a Batik

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Making a batik is the satisfying process of layering wax and dye to create bold, intricate designs. The more layers of dye and wax that are added, the thicker and stiffer the fabric will become. At the end of this process, you're left with a hard, milky-looking piece of cloth. Here's how to iron the wax out of your batik to get the vibrancy back into your designs!  Read more

Screen Printing Hand Drawings using Film Marker Pens

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Translating drawings into print doesn't have to include scanning and digitally manipulating your design on a computer. By using opaque film markers onto screen film we are able to skip the digital part altogether and create a photographic screen directly from the drawings you produce. This allows you to work in full scale, even tracing other print layers or design elements so that they will fit exactly.  Read more

Caring for an Exposed Screen

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Jigsaw Linocut with a Rainbow Roll

Thursday, August 16, 2018

A rainbow roll is a great way to easily add a beautiful range of colours to a linocut. This project uses only two colours to create a range of shades, all in one printing layer.  Read more

What's a Halftone? Screen Printing a Tonal Image

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

People often want to screen print photographic images and hope to use black and white photographs for this. To do this you need an exposed screen. The way screen printing works is the mesh either has to be open or closed (ink passes through the open areas but cannot pass through the closed areas) therefore grey tones do not work. To make a photographic image work we have to fool the brain into thinking that there are grey areas.  Read more

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