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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

Drawing Fluid and Filler Screen Printed Christmas Cards

Thursday, December 06, 2018

This is a really fun way of making a big batch of Christmas cards. Making a screen with drawing fluid and filler maintains a hand-drawn look whilst giving a flat professional finish that's the same on every card. Here's how: Read more

Halloween Printing with Night Glo Acrylic Ink!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

If you're a Halloween lover this project is for you! We've had a go with Speedball's Acrylic Night Glo Ink and made our own glow in the dark Halloween poster. This ink really gives your prints a twist - it would be great for children's (or adults'!) bedrooms too. 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

Screen Printing Hand Drawn Designs with Grain Mark Screen Film

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

We often talk about creating digital images to make exposed screens but there are a lot of ways to use hand drawn designs that bypass the need for computers at all - hooray! Grain Mark Screen Film allows you to draw directly onto a screen film whilst maintaining all your lovely textural marks. Charcoal and black oil pastels work particularly well. Here's a project using Grain Mark Screen Film to print some fabric: 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

Screen Printing a Graphite Drawing

Thursday, June 21, 2018

When we think of screen printed artwork we tend to see bold areas of bright colour and graphic lines but there are lots of different styles that can be achieved. By using graphite directly onto the mesh of a screen we can create loose, printed sketches that can be used for layering or as prints in their own right.  Read more

How Much Detail on Exposed Screens?

Thursday, June 07, 2018

When designing artwork for exposed screens it can be very difficult to figure out what level of detail you can include. Different mesh counts will be able to handle different levels of detail. The mesh number relates to how many threads there are per cm of mesh: 32T has 32 threads per cm, 120T has 120 threads per cm etc. Ideally, 43T mesh is used for printing onto fabric and 90T is used for printing onto paper. We've put together a quick test to see what detail can be achieved on our two most common meshes: 43T and 90T.  Read more

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