Hot Printmaking How-Tos

How To: Make a gelatin plate for printmaking

Food grade gelatin can be used as a printing surface. It is soft and malleable and allows for the transfer of shapes and great detail. You will need gelatin, water, a measuring spoon, a spoon, and a whisk. Watch this video printmaking tutorial and learn how to make a gelating plate.

How To: Make a Cheap DIY Silkscreen for Screen-Printing Logos & Designs on T-Shirts

This is silk screen production, the cheap and easy DIY way! In order to make this easy silkscreen for making cool T-shirt logos and designs, you'll need some acrylic paint, paintbrushes, cheap net curtain (patterned or plain), vinyl sign sheets, blackboard (or cork board), and some fabric paints to paint with. Also, you'll need a CraftROBO precision cutter. Soon, you'll have your very own screen-printed tee shirt, thanks to your very own homemade silkscreen.

How To: Convert images to spot colors using Photoshop

In screen printing, Photoshop can be a powerful tool. If you have a jpg, tif, eps, or other type of file in which you can't alter, printing from Photoshop will give you too many separations. Here is a way to take a simple design in Photoshop and convert it to spot colors in order to print solid colors instead of mixing inks.

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 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: Build a light table for silkscreening and photography

Josh Copp and Madeline Donahue show us how to build a light table from pine wood and plywood utilizing two fluorescent light fixtures as the light source inside the box. The frame of the box is fashioned out of two 1X8 planks cut into four pieces so that two sides are 30 inches and two sides are 22 3/8 inches. The base of the box is made of plywood or OSB and is 30X22 3/8. Once the pieces are cut and assembled using a pocket hole jig and wood screws, the inside of the box is painted with whit...

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

How To: Screen print your own t-shirts

This instructional video shows how to print your own t-shirt. The guys at & show you how to screen print on a t shirt. This is also called silk screening. This is another great weekend project by Make Magazine. Use any drawing you like, and make as many copies as you want (until the screen breaks that is). Watch this video tutorial and learn how to screen print your own t-shirts.

How To: Begin drypoint printmaking

Drypoint is a printmaking technique of the intaglio family, in which an image is incised into a plate with a hard pointed needle. Then the print is made with ink and paper. Watch this video printmaking tutorial and learn how to make drypoint prints.

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: Remove gelatin from a pan for gelatin plate prints

In this tutorial, we learn how to remove gelatin from the pan. First, grab a butter knife and run along the edges of the pan slowly and accurately. Once you've done this, you will now be able to remove it from the pan. Place the gelatin softly under your hands and gently move your hands down to the bottom of the other side of the pan. Be careful not to create any cracks in the gelatin. Also, make sure you keep your hands wide so you are touching both sides and the full middle of the gelatin o...

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.

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