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How To: Carve a tiger design pottery seal

Henry Li from Blue Heron Arts shows how to carve a tiger design stamp onto a pottery seal for use with Chinese seal engraving. This technique shows how a pottery seal can be made without having to use a kiln. You will need a pen, pencil, marker, charcoal, knives, and soapstone. The first thing that needs to be done is to create a design. In this tutorial, Li uses a Hahn Dynasty tiger design, which must be flipped by using the computer. The charcoal is then used to duplicate the image onto the...

How To: Assemble a CD platen to screen print onto CDs

If you have ever screen printed, you most likely have been asked to print CDs. Here is a simple way to create a CD platen for under $15. This type of printing generally requires a vacuum frame, but not if you use the DIY CD Platen. It holds the CD in place extremely well and can be used to print more than one color. Print one color and let it dry completely before printing additional colors.

How To: Stencil your own shirt

Check out this interesting video to make photorealistic stencils for t-shirts, bags, and other accessories. This video documents how to make a Nikola Tesla shirt. With Adobe Photoshop, it is possible to simplify a found image into a graphic format perfect for stenciling. You can then print out the altered image into mylar or another water resistant paper. After carefully cutting out the stencil, place the mylar over an ironed t-shirt. Complete the stenciling process by dabbing paint into all ...

How To: Guerilla silk screen t-shirts

Watch this printmaking tutorial video to learn how to do guerilla t-shirt silksscreening. You can print whatever you want on your shirts, but if you're a beginner, you should keep it to just two colors. Once you've watched this helpful how-to video, you'll be able to guerilla silk screen as many t-shirts as you want very easily. Guerilla silk screen t-shirts.

How To: Silk screen t-shirts at home

This video printmaking tutorial series shows how to easily print out screens and make the screen frames, as well as transfer them onto a t-shirt. Make silkscreened t-shirts for your business or band at home by watching this instructional video.

How To: Learn to set Type on a Letterpress

Check out this 1959 instructional film on how to manually set type on a letterpress. You can use these techniques to create posters, chapbooks, artist prints, and all kinds of D.I.Y. old school printing fun. All graphic designers and anyone working in the printing should check this out. The video demonstrates basic principles of typesetting and distribution. The film stresses the correct way of manipulating the type, spotting letters before they are chosen and the importance of following copy...

How To: Silk screen print t-shirts in four minutes

This video, which was made at Peopleprint Community Media in Rochdale, teaches how to easily silk screen print a t-shirt in only four minutes! First, design the artwork to be used for the print, then print it on acetate. Next find a clean screen. Put some emulsion in a coating trough and slowly and steadily coat the screen in emulsion. Then dry the emulsion in a dark room and expose the screen to light. Next wash the screen with water and the artwork should become visible. Mask the exposed ar...

How To: Digitally print on uncommon surfaces

In this video, we learn how to digitally print on uncommon surfaces. First, you will want to apply the gloss evenly with a sponge brush. Use clear so that when it's printed you will almost be able to see through it. This will come out really crystal clear and look amazing. Take the top sheet off and set it aside to dry. Grab the underneath part and then cover this with the gloss as well. Doing this step beforehand will help the pre-coat look even better for when you are printing. Once you are...

How To: Screen print your own t-shirt

This great tutorial by BubzBeauty takes us through the step by step process of screen printing your own t-shirts. Materials you will need include Mod Podge glue to make a stencil of your tee design, fabric paint, thin permeable fabric (preferably Organza), a 12 inch embroidery hoop, and a sponge.

How To: Output your positive film using Adobe Photoshop

Check out this instructional printmaking video that demonstrates how to output your positive film using Adobe Photoshop. This video goes over how to do a one color image and then a two color image. Create a black image on a clear, white background. Learn a few tips when using a toner enhancer on your film. Output your positive film using Photoshop with this printmaking tutorial video.

How To: Relief print a woodcut

Watch this one minute printmaking demonstration to make a wood block for woodcut printing. First, transfer a laser inkjet print to a wood block. Then carve a relief image into the wood block. Next, ink and print on a Mini Halfwood Press using a chase device. With the right set up, woodcut printing is a fine art worth learning.

How To: Refresh your gelatin for more printmaking

In this how-to video, you will learn how to refresh old gelatin for print making. You will need old gelatin, a knife, spoon, blender, microwave oven, newsprint, and a pan to form gelatin in. Now, cut and blend a little of the old gelatin at a time with the knife and blender. Now, scoop the old gelatin out into a bowl and microwave for 1 to 3 minutes. It should become liquefied. Pour the bowl into a pan and leave it to harden over night. Skim off any bubbles. You can use this the next day. Thi...

How To: Begin screen printing

Watch this instructional screen printing video to do an emulsion, burn an image, and screen print. These tips are helpful for beginners who want to screen print from a photographic image. If you are taking a screen printing class, this video will remind you of a few key steps and processes for screen printing on your own.