photo credit: Krusheska Quiros

Thanks to Trade School Vancouver and Yuriko Iga, director of Blim, I had the awesome opportunity of taking an "Intro to Screen printing" class last week. Yuriko walked us through the process of DIY screen printing at Blim in Vancouver.


photo credit: Krusheska Quiros

She burned a screen to show us how to set an image and then proceeded to show the proper positioning of the squeegee plus the basic technique to run the ink through the screen.

photo credit: Krusheska Quiros

After her demo, it was our turn to give it a try. I used the screen that she burned for the demo and it went something like this...

photo credit: Krusheska Quiros

That was my first time using "proper" screen printing equipment. The equipment for my previous (yes, my first) experiment with screen printing at home involved a piece of nylon curtain stretched on an embroidery ring. The image was blocked off with wood glue and masking tape, and I used a rubber painting tool as the squeegee. Here are some shots of that "at home" experiment:

photo credit: Krusheska Quiros

If you feel like giving screen printing a try at home before taking a class, you can start by checking out this collection of instructables. However, if you are already up for a class, check out the schedule at Blim. Blim offers workshops as well as studio time here in Vancouver, BC. Screen printing is definitely fun, useful, and more user-friendly than you may think. I  am definitely looking forward to doing some more. There are so many possibilities. I encourage you to give it a try and to share your experiences with us.

-KQ

Originally Published 6/2/13

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