Screen Printing 101: How to inefficiently get shit done
When engineered properly, a half roll of duct tape, bed sheets, bath towels, and paper bags prove to be the ultimate partition when sealing a bathroom from light. Who would have known that Frank and Lee’s bathroom would double as the perfect darkroom for screen printing? With a singular red light as our guide, we traded duties burning and hosing off screens. When it was all said and done, red emulsion paint peppered the bathroom tub, an inch of water covered the floor and clutter consumed every viable inch of workspace. Below is a step by step description of how we inefficiently got shit done and avoided burning our house down!
Step 1: Steal screen printing supplies from Frank’s mom.
Step 2: Transform bathroom into a darkroom and prep screens with emulsion.
Step 3: After screens dry, keep screens away from light (Taylor skipped this step and was redirected to step 1).
Step 4: Use a light table to burn desired images into the emulsion covered screens.
Step 5: Feed the garden hose into the bathroom & rinse out the burned designs. Water and electricity don’t mix. Thankfully, we avoided dropping the red light in the bathtub. (See this Instructables article about how normal people screen print at home).
POW! Now we have the outline of our images and we’re ready to paint!
Step 6: Place the object under the screen and spread the paint. An awesome design is now in place. Caution: WET PAINT!
Step 7: Set the paint by putting it under a tremendous amount of heat. We chose our kitchen oven. Problems we encountered: smoke, smell and fire. Who would have expected our cardboard six packs to catch on fire when placed in the oven? Lesson not learned. Later we attempted to screen print t-shirts which also caught on fire.
Step 8: Let images finish drying outside of the oven.
Step 9: Hire interns.