Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Go Forth and Print

Due to popular demand following last year's workshop that Graham 'Army of Cats' Pilling and I ran, we returned to the West Yorkshire Print Workshop to conduct another course based on the screen-printed gig poster.

The course took place over two consecutive days at the WYPW in Mirfield and included details on how to best design for the screen-printing medium, tips on specific printing techniques and industry knowledge and experience about working in the screen-printing field.

The six patrons who attended got to print a poster (designed by Graham - as modelled by me above) on the first day and learn about the process. Day two involved the attendees printing their own designs which they brought and with mine and Graham's help, were able to develop into an appropriate print. This would then be printed across the day and the results available to take home.

I was able to document the first day of the course, which involved the teachings of the process and hands on practise for all those who attended.

Here is Graham, debriefing the students whilst discussing the science of effective paint mixing.

Showing the course how to print, manually using a squeegee.

Here are some photos of the group, printing the first colour of Graham's print.

The first colour is down and the group have done a great job.

Here are pictures of the group printing the second colour.

The prints are complete and drying on the rack.

Here Graham is illustrating to the class various techniques that can be applied in Photoshop in how to make a suitable file for the screen-print process.

Graham, the illuminating beacon of screen-printing knowledge!

And here is Graham, modelling his wonderfully designed print.

If you like the look of this course and fancy enrolling for a weekend of screen-printing with two industry professionals, then get in touch with WYPW [ info@wypw.org ] and demand us! Oh and there will be banter and hilarious anecdotes, guaranteed!

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