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Botanical Screen Printing // August 15th

  • Light Gallery + Studio 317 Division Avenue South Grand Rapids, MI, 49503 United States (map)
Botanical Screen Printing // August 15th
35.00

Hosted by Light Gallery + Michelle Facer 

Wednesday August 15th, from 6 to 9pm

Do you love plants just as much as we do? Well this workshop is right up your ally! Join Michelle Faser, a local printmaker, for this botanical inspired screen printing workshop.

At the beginning of this workshop Michelle will walk you through the basics of screen printing, how to pull a successful print, and the tips and tricks to screen printing in a pop up studio. During this 3 hour make and take workshop, everyone will screen print fun, contemporary plant illustrations onto different types of paper and fabrics. The prints you will create are perfect to trim and turn into a beautiful card or framed print. Ideas for the fabric would be endless!

In this beginner screen printing class, Michelle will get you started on the road to achieving that screen printing glory by teaching you the fundamental processes that goes into producing screen print images. You’ll gain an understanding of how screens are made and how emulsion and exposure units are used to "burn" the images onto the screens. She will demonstrate how to use a table top press to pull silk screen images onto paper and fabric. You will also get a tutorial on the different inks available in screen printing, as well as the types of surfaces that work best.

Once all of the demos are done, it’s printing time!! You will spend the last hour of class printing with a few of Michelle’s plant illustrations. You will have a chance to print on high quality screen printing materials to start experimenting with your new screen printing skills! And, Michelle will be there to assist should you hit any obstacles or have any questions while printing. You will leave class with a handful of silk screen prints, a working knowledge of the screen printing process, and some helpful insight on what to do next should you desire to keep further your screen printing acumen!

A couple of important points to note:

This is a fantastic starter class in order to dip your toes into the world of screen printing. However, as you will learn, screen printing is a complicated process, involving a few expensive (and easy to ruin) pieces of equipment, and requiring a lot of practice to master. So, don’t expect to come out ready to launch your own t-shirt line after only one class! But DO expect to have some great fun and learn about this amazing printing technique.

This class does NOT offer custom screens, but instead, utilizes Michelle’s amazing original illustrations that are all plant themed. If you are interested in learning more about screen printing and creating your own custom screen, we can refer you to a local business that can handle those requests.

  • No experience necessary

  • This class is open to ages 14+

  • All materials are provided

  • Refreshments will be served

  • Wear clothes that you don’t mind getting a little bit dirty. Screen printing ink will stain your clothing

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