Screen Printing with Kathy Hutton

When it comes to Screen Printing, the phrase “all the gear but no idea” comes to mind …

I have the screens, the fluids, the inks, the lot but never actually got around to learning how to do it. Simply because I don’t know how to get started and it all just seems to require so much space, organisation and looks like a pretty messy activity ie. not something I’d necessarily want to do on my kitchen table …. and definitely not in the studio where a lot of my samples and fabrics are.

So, when i saw that Kathy Hutton was holding a screen printing workshop nearby, I jumped at the idea. I even took the kids along, so they got the chance to how to do it, without me having to clear up the mess after ! It was brilliant !

Kathy taught us the stencil screen-printing technique. It was brilliant and WAYYYY easier than the photo emulsion technique that I have been reading about and felt slightly put off by.

(I previously wrote about Kathy and her work here.)

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You simply draw your design on baking paper. Simple designs work best.

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Cut it out with exacto knife. Note that ink goes through the cut-out part and the paper part is what won’t get printed. 

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Put stencil between screen and paper/fabric. Make sure you mark out where you put your screen, in order to get the right placement at this point. Use masking tape or pencil.

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Put paint on one side of screen. 

Print. When you can see your image through the print evenly, your print is ready.

It is that simple ! 

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(Some of the work that the kids and I produced during the workshop.)

The only thing with this technique is, you can only use the stencil for a few prints before paper needs to be replaced but if you cut your design out on thin plastic sheet, then you can use it for a longer run.

Find out more about Kathy’s workshops here.

She is based in Yatton Keynell and her next screen-printing workshops are on 5th December 2016 and 25th February 2017. Each workshop is 3 hours long and includes amazing home-baked goodies ! Get your tickets before they sell out.

Kathy occasionally also does a block-printing & prosecco evening for those that prefer a more sociable and shorter experience. The next one is on 4th November, 2016. I will be there. Get your ticket and join me.

I totally recommend you try and go to one of her workshops if you are nearby. We all loved it ! In fact, Little Maya loved it so much that she is going back in December to have a printing party there with her friends for her birthday.

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