6 + for making the stencil
4+ for the printing process
Difficulty: assistance is required to hold down screen
What you need:
- To do screen printing you will need to use a genuine silk screen bought from an art supply store. These can start from $45
- Squeegee starts from $20
- Ink or Printmaking paint (I used Crayola Gel Paint however you can use any paint which is thin enough to push through the fine mesh and doesn't dry too fast)
- Printmaking paper preferable (like baking/cooking paper -one side is shiny, one side matte) however normal photocopy paper/cartridge is fine. It will only last a few prints.
- Drying rack
This is one of the easiest introductions to screen printing for young children.
Making the Stencil
- Start with a piece of paper. Guide your students to fold it in half, half again and so on. Not too many folds as it makes it hard to cut
- Get them to draw a few shapes from the edges of the folded paper
- Older students can cut out their shapes and then unfold their paper to show their 'stencil'. Younger students could get assistance or the teacher could have pre-prepared 'stencils' ready.
- prepare the screen by taping some packing tape to the screen the size of the stencil. This is to 'block out' the exposed mesh the 'stencil' does not cover.
- To make it easier for the students, my suggestion is to make the stencil the size of the screen and tape it to the edges so it does not move/flap about.
- Use a paper pad or clamped paper to easel board to help it not move around
- Ink -Show the students how to dob a line of painting at the top of the screen
- Pull -With an adult holding the screen in place, place the squeegee at the top of the screen and drag to the bottom spreading the paint. Repeat 2-3 times.
- Lift -Together carefully lift the screen up and rest on a piece of newspaper.
- Take printed paper to the drying rack.
To change colour 'flush' the screen by repeating step 2 on newspaper/butchers paper until almost clean. Repeat step 1 & 2 with new colour and then do it on the good paper.
*Rise screen immediately after use when the session is finish.
Print onto bags, pillows or other fabric items as gifts.
Link to Education
- Introduce students to oriental art, specifically origami and making your own stencil inspired by the design and pattern
- Older students -introduce Pop Art, specifically look at Andy Warhol and repetition