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Pandemic Screenprinting

July 28, 2020, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In this two-part beginning course, you will learn the basics of making hand-cut contact paper stencils for screenprinting.

Part One is July 28th from 6:00-8:00pm

Part Two is July 30th from 6:00-8:00pm

In this beginning course you will learn the basics of making hand-cut contact paper stencils for screenprinting. This low tech system of creating screens can be done at home with inexpensive minimal setup and many tools already in your artist’s toolbox. The instruction will cover turning your image into an appropriate translation for a physical stencil, the process for preparing your screen for printing, how to set up a simple printing station in your home, printing the image and clean up guidance. This course will get you started in printing a one color image, but there will be discussion about printing multiple color layers. Participants should come to our digital meeting with a prepared image to translate. Materials will be procured according to the materials list (below), by the individual participants. The format for this four hour workshop will be broken into two sessions: one hour of online interactive instruction for creating the stencil with one hour of supervised work time, then a second two hour online meeting for instruction on printing, home studio setup, and cleaning. The students will have additional time to work on their own in between the two meetings. Our online classroom environment is welcoming to all skill levels and we strive to make our instruction accessible to all levels. This course is perfect for first-time beginners to more practiced artists who need a refresher. This online class requires students to have a device to join the class with reliable internet access. Part One is July 28 at 6pm; Part Two is July 30 at 6pm.

About The Instructor

Instructor Marisha Simons earned her MFA in BookArts & Printmaking from the University of the Arts and her BA from Colorado College. She currently teaches book arts, screenprint and letterpress at the University of the Arts and Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. Marisha is a Studio Holder at the Soapbox where she creates printed textiles and editioned prints. You can learn more about her work on social media @marishasimonsdesigns.


$30 Community / $60 Cost of Workshop / $90 Sponsor

In an effort to keep workshops accessible to as many as possible, while compensating our instructors fairly and covering Soapbox costs, we’re pleased to offer a sliding scale. Our “Cost of Workshop” rate is the real cost of our workshop, and we need most people to register at this rate to run the workshop. For those who are able, please consider selecting the “Sponsor” rate to allow someone who cannot afford the real cost to participate. If you are someone experiencing hardship, please register at the “Community” rate. In evaluating where you fall on the scale, we ask you to consider the difference between sacrifice (making trade-offs in my discretionary spending) vs. hardship (paying full cost for this workshop prevents me from meeting basic needs). For further guidance and information, visit http://www.phillysoapbox.org/sliding-scale/.


(These specific items are suggested, if you have some of these supplies, but are unsure if

they will work, contact programming@phillysoapbox.org and we can discuss. I have listed the best deals on supplies and materials I found online and have given options for more socially responsible shopping, for example, Artist and Craftsman supply is an employee owned company which has local stores.)

•X-acto knife

•Contact paper: can be any color, but clear is nice if you are buying it


•Screen 12”x16” or larger, mesh count 110 or higher

-Artist and Craftsman supply Nortech 155 mesh, 18”x 20” screen $18.38


•Squeegee 6” minimum, medium durometer (hardness)

-Victory Factory 6”, $7.74 ($1.29/inch)


•Ink acrylic based, (which is water washable, but different than the “Speedball Water Soluble”<-DO NOT BUY THIS!

-Recommended inks: Speedball Acrylic, Speedball Fabric, Jacquard textile (all of these canbe intermixed).





-Recommended Color kits: Black, white, process yellow, process magenta, process cyan,transparent base.

-For making ink transparent: https://www.artistcraftsman.com/speedball-screen-ink-transparent.html

-If you already have a lot of acrylic paint, this medium can be added to use acrylic paint for screen ink: https://www.goldenpaints.com/technicalinfo/technicalinfo_silkscrn#:~:text=GOLDEN%20Silkscreen%20Medium%20is%20a,in%20the%20screen%20too%20quickly.

•Paper: anything somewhat stiff and untextured

•Fabric: cotton and cotton blends work best

•Tape: 2” painters tape with newspaper for masking (you can also use more contactpaper)

•Clear acetate for registration

•Paint stir sticks or rubber spatulas for ink mixing (plastic utensils also work)

•Plastic containers with lids for ink mixing/storing

•Dishsoap with dedicated sponge or scrub brush for clean up

•DIY Screenprinting station: (optional)

-Piece MDF or smooth 5/8” or thicker plywood, 6” larger than your screen.

-Hinge clamps (these are inexpensive and they do work, but are not my favorite) https://www.dickblick.com/products/heavy-duty-hinge-clamps/


Use Slip joint hinges that are attached permanently to your screen and board https://www.lowes.com/pd/Sugatsune-Stainless-Steel-Lift-off-Cabinet-Hinge/1000762880?cm_mmc=shp-_-c-_-prd-_-hdw-_-google-_-pla-_-145-_-sosatg-fashionhardware-_-1000762880-_-0&placeholder=null&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIhHxveaL6gIVRpyzCh1QkwwdEAYYBCABEgKhPvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds


July 28, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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