By Lorna Nakell
On Sunday, March 8th I took the Silk Screening 101 class at DIY Lounge at collage on Alberta. This class was taught by Nicole Cipriano. I have a small amount of print making experience but have always wanted to take a silk screening class to learn more techniques for printing multiple images. This was a great class for someone like me with a small amount of experience, but also for those with no experience. Because the class size was so small (only 4 students) we all received a good amount of assistance with the process.
The four hour class gave me enough time to make several prints. I used the time to experiment with a variety of papers. I was so happy with the outcome of my printed design that after the class was over I integrated two of the prints I made into a project I was working on outside the class. Below are photos from the class as well as a painting I made incorporating the prints as a collaged element.
Students printed on cotton fabrics as well as paper. Nicole made fabric inks and other water-based inks available for experimentation.
Nicole built our screens for us and prepped them with photo emulsion. This is my screen with a typewriter image all ready for inking.
One of the students is practicing putting emulsion on a screen with a rubber squeegee.
This was the setup Nicole designed for burning the photo image onto the screen.
This is the finished painting/collage I made in the weeks following the class. It incorporates two of the silk screen typewriter images I made in the class.