Beginners Guide To Screen Printing: 12 beautiful printing projects with templates by Erin Lacy
My husband & I both used to have jobs where screen printing was ho hum, "just part of the job". The job unfortunately, was pretty dull. A printing room where the men sat & pretty much "hit the button" all day, every day, 5 days a week. It was for fun things like printing circuitry onto ceramic for the military, electronics, etc. The inks stunk terribly. A squeegee slid across the screen to shove the various inks which had different properties/metals in them. Then the the arm went back, the screen lifted, the print person used tweezers to remove the printed ceramic piece (the ceramic came in all shapes and sizes) to a metal tray that when full, went into a furnace. If additional layers were required, they were then tested out of the furnace, if good, the next layer was printed on.
I only mention our history because I have always been curious about utilizing screen printing at home for more crafty (hint: fun) types of projects. I never gave it a lot of thought though because I always thought I'd need large and expensive equipment similar to what was used at work.
I had nothing to loose by ordering this book, so I figured, what the heck, why not? When my husband saw it, he started to immediately read it. He happens to like it a lot. Especially the idea for using embroidery hoops as screens. I must admit, it really is a great idea.
The projects start from painfully simple, with lackluster results, but it does give the newbie screen printer a feel for how things work so you can then progress onto more advanced projects which get more beautiful as the book progresses into more complicated projects. Everything is laid out clearly with plenty of full color photos to make things easier - the entire book is full color. Aside from embroidery hoops, the author also shows you how to make your own printing frames. Templates are provided in the back of the book if you don't want to use your own designs. She covers pretty much everything a beginner would need to know.
Overall, my husband and I are more than pleased. We have been enjoying playing around with the projects as well as coming up with ideas of our own.
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