Screen printing, also called silk-screening, is one of the oldest methods of printmaking still used today. By forcing ink through a partially blocked mesh screen onto paper or another substrate lying below, the printer can quickly produce multiples of the same design or image. Today, screen printing is used primary for clothing design, especially in producing custom T-shirts. It is also employed in art print making, where the artist designs a print and creates a series of identical prints. After the ink is applied to these prints, they need a safe place to dry.
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Things you need
- 2-by-2 inch lumber
- Wire mesh screen
- Wood glue
- Plastic sheet
Cut the 2-by-2 into four piece. Two segments should measure 20 inches and the other two should measure 18 inches.
Create a square frame from the two-by-two segments. The frame must be strong enough to hold the taut mesh, so use both glue and nails on the joints.
Stretch the steel mesh over the square frame and staple it in place.
Stack several screens separating them with four two-inch square wooden blocks, one placed at the corners of each screen. Cut the blocks from the remaining wood used for the frame.
Hang plastic from each side of the stack of screens and staple it in place at the top, allowing the plastic to hang down. This will allow you to access the drying racks to place and remove prints, while keeping dust and dirt from reaching the artwork.
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