What do all your t-shirts, cool canvas bags, and concert posters have in common? The images most likely got on all those things using the method known as screen printing (sometimes also called silk screen). This is a technique where the printer pushes ink through a mesh screen onto the fabric or paper. An image is exposed onto the screen (or is placed underneath it) creating a stencil that can be used over and over again. Last Friday the ink was flying in the D.I.Y. space in The Hub. First teens tried their hand at printing posters using a pre-made screen with the Hub logo on it. We got perfect prints, reading for framing! Then everyone designed their very own simple paper stencil to print. Great artwork and a fun time was had by all!
Interested in trying your hand at screen printing? Since we have these great screens in The Hub, we will definitely be offering more opportunities to come in and try it. In the meantime, there are kits you can buy
to do screen printing at home. Here is a nice overview of the process:
The screen printing program kicked off our very own version of Google+ Maker Camp
! Stop on by the Hub to pick up a pin and some stickers and sign-up to try out something interesting like "squishy circuits" and soldering a blinky robot pin!