Friday, May 11, 2012

All About Screen Printing!

It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon. The sun played hide and seek with the clouds; the air was cool and crisp. My car pulled into the Essex Studios parking lot. For a moment, I roamed wondrously down the hallway in search of the DIY Printing Studio Room. After a few twist and turns, I began to hear intense heavy metal music bouncing off the walls; I knew I was heading in the right direction. A few paces later, I was standing in front DIY Printings doorway. Aaron and Ruckus (his super-duper awesome dog) greeted me then offered some coffee or apple juice. While we waited for the other volunteers to show up, Aaron gave me a tour of his studio.

Ten minutes later, the rest of the volunteers arrived ready to start screen-printing. I had been looking forward to this all week. Although I’ve never screen-printed, I was up for the challenge. Learning a new skill, especially something as unique has screen-printing, made me very excited. Before we began, Aaron gave us an overview of the fundamentals. He showed us the workstation and all of its components. He demonstrated the proper technique of holding the tool used to push the ink through the screen. Aaron made screen-printing look like a piece of cake. The way he knocked out ten prints in less than a minute still astonishes me.

Finally it was my turn to bust out a few prints.  I was ready to mimic Aaron’s perfect technique. Needless to say my first couple prints were not the best. Apparently if you don’t hold the tool correctly and evenly distribute the ink throughout the screen, ink becomes blocked in the hole of the screen and the entire image won’t show on the paper.

Overall, I had a great time learning a new skill. Thanks Aaron!

Krista and the first screen print.
A piece of the mural!

Guest post written by Cincy Story Mural team member Whitney.

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