I went back to education last week, re-learning how to screen print. Not casually and without instruction, as my university seemed to think befitted my fees, but properly. Thanks to Print Club London’s dedicated workshops, on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year, you too can screen-print a bag of nuts, an image of girls urinating on a man, or simply some crazy colourful patterns. Experienced ‘members’ opt to run these workshops in return for a wavered user fee, so it kind of runs a like a co-operative, which is very nice indeed.
And boy is it fun! It may be education, but it’s addictive education. Choosing your image will probably be the hardest part, but fear not, these guys – we had the brilliant Marco, Claudia and Craig – will show you exactly how to make your image or photograph screen-printable. Hurray! Essentially, the process of this type of printing is stencilling, masking off (or cutting out) the parts of the screen where you don’t want ink, and getting messy. Easy! You learn all about different mesh used for either paper or fabric, how to use spot colours and how to layer colour appropriately.
I chose a Dover Street royalty free illustration of a bag of nuts, not exactly arty but hey, what the hell. My mum would LOVE a bag of colourful nuts on her kitchen wall for Christmas. The problem was that once the ink hits the paper, the addiction sets in. Wanting to get a bit more bang for my buck, I opted for two colours to try and create a ‘colour-blend’ look. The orange and pink looked great in my eyes and I wanted more. Time permitting I could have printed all night. For a ‘day-out’ creating I can heartily recommend Print Club London Workshops and, don’t forget, their Film4 Summer Screen exhibition opens at Somerset House on 1st August, where you can bag yourself some proper art, by proper screen-printers, for just forty quid.