Learning How to Screen Print

For one of my final projects for my interim summer class, we got the opportunity to learn how to do screen printing. I decided to capitalize on my current butterfly theme and try screen printing one of my other butterfly sketches –  this one is a swallow tail. I liked the idea of doing just black ink to make the butterfly look skeletal or like a silhouette.

I went a little crazy, trying it on all sorts of different papers. I also tried a few pieces of fabrics, thinking I could figure out what to make with them at a later date, maybe a shopping tote bag or a sketchbook cover.

I found a couple t-shirts I never wear, so I screen printed a butterfly in a random place on the back. Love how that turned out! Now I have two new t-shirts.

I do believe I have discovered a new art medium I could get obsessed with. I bought the supplies to do my own screen printing at home. Have I mentioned lately that I love graphic design? Oh yeah, I think I have.

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10 comments

  • Yeah, you have:) I love that you put the butterfly on the back of the shirts!

  • I remember screen-printing in high school art class… I always wanted my own screen print stuff–such fun!

    • How lucky you got to take screen printing in high school! I don’t think such a class existed in my high school. I had to take all practical, business-y classes.

  • Isn’t it fun? I just did it the one time at the Lizzy House class but I really enjoyed it. I’m totally jealous that you bought the equipment to do it at home (and that you apparently have a space at home where you can do this!). The design looks great in black and the new shirt is perfect! Can’t wait to see what you do next!

    • Thanks Amy! I’m hoping to try some of my other butterfly drawings in different sizes and on different mediums. I have lots of other illustration ideas I want to try too. I have a work table in the basement that I’m going to attach hinge clamps to and dedicate to screen printing. We have a small, half-finished room in our basement that we’ve just been using for storage. Now I’m excited to be able to set up my own screen printing workshop. I’m on the waiting list for the screen printing class in the Fall semester, so at least I’ll be able to do it at home if I can’t get into the class.

  • Hello Terri,

    I can see you are certainly having a great time with the screen printing, lovely clear butterfly. Great job.

    Happy printing.
    Bev.xoxo

  • I think I could be obsessed with this, too. I absolutely adore what you are doing with it all. It has so much potential for all the things you like to do!

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