Screen Print: Step One – Making a Stencil

Posted on: September 27th, 2014
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Black and White Line Drawing

In the studio at UW, we use a development process involving an exposure unit and a photosensitive substance called emulsion.

In order to properly expose an image drawn by hand, you will need a drawing that is completely black and white.

Once the drawing is made, you can photocopy it, or scan it into the computer. The toner from a printer or photocopier is very black and will block the light better than drawing materials such as Sharpie markers or graphite pencils. You can expose an image directly to your screen, but make sure that your drawing is very black. Check it on the light table. You will also need to draw on a transparent material such as Mylar or vellum/tracing paper, if exposing directly.

 

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