The Process of Silk Screening

The printmaking process began with the separating the layers with the desired corresponding colors, and transferring them to tracing paper. The screen was then placed over the tracing paper with a transparent film taped over it. Each layer was then painted onto the silk screen using a special drawing fluid.

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A layer is painted on using the drawing fluid and a fine paintbrush.

The next step of the process is to wait for the drawing fluid to dry, and then proceed to fill the screen using a screen filler, called the negative method, and is spread evenly using a squeegee. It is then washed using a pressure washer to wash out the dried drawing fluid.

The prepped screen is now ready to print. A clamp must be used to keep the screen in place and make the screen print in the same position. The next step is to place a piece of paper under the screen and tape it down.

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The paper is taped down and aligned with a guide.

A large portion of paint was placed over the design and spread over the screen evenly using a squeegee. The ink was spread over the design again, but with more pressure.

The prints are then hung to dry, and then move on to the next layer. Overall, this process is an interesting and unique experience. The setup takes the most time, while the actual printmaking process is very quick and very satisfying in the end. I had the most trouble with aligning the layers and with the most effective amount of ink to use. However, I am very happy with the end result of the silk screening process as they are well aligned and the colors are nice and vibrant.

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Prints are hung to dry. Second layer out of six layers.

 

 

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