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News: Screenprint Your Tights

We've seen screenprinted t-shirts, sweatshirts, maybe even a dress or tie... but what about tights? Predicted trend forecast for 2010, these hand printed tights are available in limited quantities from designer Les Queues de Sardines. You can buy now at (my favorite) Colette, the famed French boutique, always on the forefront of fashion.

How To: Block print with Urban Outfitters

Stephen Loidolt demonstrates block printing techniques in this how-to video. These methods can be adapted for use on either cloth or paper. Follow along with the steps in this video printmaking tutorial and learn how to make your own custom crafts.

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: 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: 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: Prepare a screen print

Check out this instructional printmaking video that demonstrates how to prepare a screen print. Even though they're brand new, they're contaminated by fingerprints, oil and greases that penetrate as mesh. So follow the simple step by step instructions in this printmaking tutorial to prepare your screen prints.

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: Do waterless lithography

This video walks you through the steps of how to do waterless lithography. Waterless lithography is a lithographic process that does not require heavy or expensive presses or too many toxic chemicals. It is based in the idea that water and silicone don't mix.

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: Clean up the screen after printing

Check out this instructional printmaking video that demonstrates how to clean up the screen after making a print. Now the ink used stays good forever (until heated), so go ahead and put it back in the ink container. Just scoop it up and squeegee it. It is a good idea to wear latex gloves. Follow the simple instructions outlined in this printmaking tutorial video to learn how to clean up after making a print screen.

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: 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: 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.

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: Make a stencil t-shirt

Stencils are an easy way to add to a basic t-shirt. Draw a design, cut it out, and get ready to paint. This video printmaking tutorial shows how to easily stencil a t-shirt. Follow along and make your own.

How To: Make and use iron-on transfers

This video will teach you how to transform a plain white t-shirt into a one-of-a-kind fashion statement. Show off your own personal style using an iron, a transfer, a hard surface, scissors, and a shirt or jacket of your choice. Make and use iron-on transfers.

How To: Screen print your own t-shirts

Ever wonder how screen printed t-shirts are made professionally? This awesome tutorial takes you through the process, starting with the design on the transparency screen, to printing, to the press bed, then to dry. Make sure to listen for advice on how to keep your ink on your t-shirt by heat setting the t-shirt after you're done screen printing.

How To: Do simple mono printmaking

The folks at Spudnik Press show how to make a simple piece of art with a printing press. First, you paint your picture on a hard plastic surface, keeping in mind that in the print everything will be backwards. Second, you take a wet piece of paper and place it on top of your picture. Then you lay blankets over them and turn the wheel of the press. Roll the blankets back and a-da! You have a print copy of your drawing! This video was created by Fresh Cut Media for www.getfreshcut.com.