Material(s) World


Learn basic screen printing techniques and explore how to apply this highly versatile art to a variety of materials. From tee shirts to fine art prints, political posters to holiday cards, etching glass or images on clay – screen printing can do it all and more. Each class is tailored to individual interests. Bring your ideas or images to the first class.

Instructor: Joyce Shon
Class Number: W17PM2 Category:

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Materials List

Student Supply List – These are things you will need to bring:

  • Blue painters’ tape: 1 1/2” is good.
  • Apron or old clothes: screen printing is messy! (there are a few aprons in the studio)
  • Substrates: something to print on; fabric or paper. We will discuss which types are best for your project at the first classes.
  • Ink: You can buy screen printing inks at local art supply stores. Be sure to read the label! Not all inks are the same. We will discuss which inks are best for your project. Some basic paper and
  • fabric inks are part of your material fee but may not be adequate for large projects.
  • Ideas, artwork, photos, inspiration. Just be aware that screen printing is a one-color at a time process and best early success will come with bold and simple designs.

Additional Supplies – These are items which you may or may not need, depending on your project:

  • Screen/s: The Studio has a limited supply of donated screens. You may wish to purchase your own screen. We will discuss which is best for your needs.
  • Gloves: disposable latex or nitrile for coating or reclaiming screens or for those with ink sensitivities.
  • Vellum or water-media acetate: for making original drawings that can be directly burned to a coated screen. This is a good option for those who wish to use their original artwork. (The studio currently has a supply of vellum that can be used.)
  • Opaque marking pens, litho crayons, black oil pastel: for use on vellum. Pens must be opaque; Sharpies typically do not work well. We will discuss the best types.
  • Rubylith: a transparent red film on a clear backing; used for hand-cut stencils and useful for large areas of color. You can purchase sheets at local art stores (call first – they don’t always have it in stock)
  • Flash-drive: for transferring files to/from the studio computer.

My contact info: Joyce Shon; or message to 510-604-0925