Hello, friends, and welcome to CreativeLive. This is Intro to Screen Printing, with Erin Dollar. My name is Robert Mahar, and I'll be your host today. If you are looking for someone to clearly and concisely demystify the screen printing process, and make it an accessible skill that you can master at home, you're in the right place. Erin Dollar is an artist and textile designer based in Los Angeles, and it's her background as a print maker that informs the beautiful hand-printed textiles that she creates for her successful small business, Cotton & Flax. Please join me in welcoming Erin Dollar.
Erin, we're so happy to have you.
Thank you so much, Robert.
I am so excited about this particular class.
We're gonna be doing a lot of running around today, we've got a darkroom set up, so you're gonna want to stick around for the entire class. I'm gonna let you get started, though.
Thanks so much.
Hi, welcome. I'm so excited to introduce you to the art ...
of screen printing, also called silk screening. You're gonna hear me use those two terms interchangeably, same process, same materials. Screen printing is an amazing way to take your creative process and use this printing process to make it into a physical good. So if you're making artwork that you want to translate into a product, this is a great place to start. Also, printmaking is an incredibly rich art practice, so we're gonna get into some of the nitty gritty of how to use this, just as a creative exercise. If you're looking to stretch those creative muscles, silk screen printing is an amazing way to take your creative work and bring it onto paper, and bring it to life. So we're gonna start by looking at a few of these amazing prints, that are made using the same process that we're using today. Silk screen printing has a really rich look to it, and part of that is because it's a very direct printing process. You get these amazing, rich tonal qualities to them. Print making can be used, or silk screen printing in particular, can be used to create both works on paper, as I've got here, as well as works on fabric, which is what I use silk screen printing for for my business. Here we have a tea towel and some lavender sachets that I've used using my hand-printed fabric. And the rich quality of the ink really makes this printing process special. It's very different from digitally printed works, it's very different from other print-making processes, because you get this very, very rich quality from the ink. And you can see that we can capture a variety of different types of stylistic quality with this method. Anything from very digitally-oriented, or more processed imagery like we have here in this beautiful moon calender, from Jeremy Rendina from Margins, to this beautiful print here, which captures a lot of our beautiful making tools. I think this is such a perfect image for the folks at CreativeLive. This is something that really captures the creative processes that so many of you guys are harnessing for your work. This is by a friend of mine, Walker Cahall, his company is called Waltronic Press. He made this beautiful one-color print for us to share with you guys today. This is my work here. This is one of my fine art prints that I created. I have a tendency to use a lot of detail in my work, and so silk screen actually captures this really beautifully. All of these are single color prints. You can see that Walker has chosen to use a dark printed paper, and print it in white ink, whereas I've used white paper and printed in black ink. Jeremy here has used this beautiful rich blue color in his work on white paper, and then we have this awesome print from Little Friends of Printmaking. They used a red ink, which is super, super rich and vibrant. And you can see that stylistically, these are all really different, but we're capturing something beautiful in our printed work, and there's something about the quality, the hand-made sort of element to this that feels very rich and different from a digital print. It just adds that little special quality. Plus, you're contributing to an amazing, rich tradition of printmaking that has gone back centuries. This is something that's been used for hundreds of years to create beautiful visual imagery, and you'll be contributing to that legacy of that tradition. This is absolutely beginning level. So you don't need to know anything about silk screen printing yet to get into this class. If you've already taken a silk screen printing class before, this could be a really great refresher. Or if you're familiar with print making processes in general, if you're already a visual artist, this will be a great jumping-off point for you to do more advanced work.