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Introduction to Screen Printing with Paper Stencils

July 25 @ 10:00 am4:00 pm

This event is now fully booked.

with Patsy Rathbone

Screen printing is a way of creating an image on paper or fabric by pushing ink through a screen mesh with areas blocked off by stencils. Stencils can be made from paper, drawing fluid, screen filler or a light-sensitive emulsion.

This one-day introductory course will explore the basics of screen printing. You will learn how to plan your print in layers and how to translate these into paper stencils for printing. You will learn how to overlap stencils to create multi-coloured images, how to register an image and how to set up the equipment, mix inks and use a squeegee to print your images onto paper. By the end of the course, you will have created a variable edition of at least 8x A4 prints.

We recommend attending this course before moving on to any of the other screen printing courses at Gainsborough’s House Print Workshop.

Beginners & refresher course
£72 per person
Max. 6 spaces

Tickets for all Print Workshop Courses can be cancelled up to one month beforehand. Refunds will be given after this date only if the place is re-sold. 

Course structure

  • Explanation of the process and looking at examples.
  • Introduction to the equipment and how to set it up.
  • Planning your image.
  • How to cut paper stencils and apply them to the screen.
  • How to mix inks and learning about the importance of opacity and transparency of colours in screen printing.
  • Registration with the acetate and on the board.
  • How to flood and pull a print.
  • Troubleshooting.

Extra course information

It is not necessary to come with an image however bring any sketchbooks or ideas if you have them. An apron or old clothing is a good idea. We will be cleaning acrylic inks with water and Mr Muscle cleaner so bring rubber gloves if you need them.

About Patsy

Patsy Rathbone is a Cambridge-based artist working primarily in screen print on paper and textiles. She divides her time between Gainsborough’s House Print Workshop, teaching at the Curwen Print Study Centre and her studio.