SCREENPRINTING is a printmaking process by which you push ink through a fine mesh screen. Blocking off some areas and allowing ink through other areas will create a sharp, graphic screenprinted image.
Cutting your screens
You will need a sheet of freezer paper for each layer of color you want to apply to your print. It is easiest when the freezer paper is at least as big as the dimensions of the screen. Draw on the matte side, not the glossy size of the freezer paper. The glossy side will not stick to the screen.
Screenprinting Set Up
LAYER: 1.NEWSPRINT 2. PAPER YOU WANT TO PRINT 3. FREEZER PAPER STENCIL 4. SCREEN
Pulling the Ink - Firm, Consistent Pressure (It should be a work out)
USE FIRM PRESSURE TO PULL THE INK DOWN THE SCREEN. HOLD THE SCREEN IN PLACE WITH ONE HAND, WHILE YOU HOLD THE SQUEEGEE IN THE OTHER HAND. TRY TO WIPE UP ALL OF THE INK WITH THE SQUEEGEE, USING VERY FIRM PRESSURE, BEFORE YOU LIFT UP THE SCREEN.
WASH YOUR SCREEN BETWEEN RUNS (when you change freezer paper, wash)
WASH AND DRY YOUR SCREEN IF YOU ARE GOING TO PAUSE PRINTING FOR LONGER THAN FIVE MINUTES. THE INK WILL DRY IN THE SCREEN AND RUIN THE SCREEN IF YOU ARE NOT CAREFUL. DO NOT LEAVE THE SCREEN WITH INK ON IT FOR LONGER THAN 15 MINUTES WITHOUT CONTINUOUS PRINTING.
Make different color decisions and adjustments in your suite of prints for each stencil
TRY ONE COLOR, SPLIT FOUNTAIN, TRANSPARENCY, MIXED COLORS, ETC. It is more fun if your runs are not all the same exact print each time.
Printing a Second Color on top of the First
If registration is important (the layers need to line up precisely) then you will want to start each layer with a registration guide and a registration board. This example does not need accurate registration, so all of those decisions are made by sight.
Printing a Third Color on top of the Second
You can draw the design for the next color using the previous colors as guide. Put the freezer paper on top of a two-layer print. Think about the overall color palette of each composition, and also about having enough contrast between layers.