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Nice book … but not so helpful

April 1, 2016

screenprintbookI have attended many workshops over the last two or three years.  I prefer learning new printing skills but I have had a go at other creative classes.  Due to miserable experiences at school I don’t always enjoy being in a classroom; although teachers now are much kinder and prepared for those of us who are keen to learn don’t always ‘pick it up’ as quickly as we might.

So to this end I like to prepare myself as much as possible before the class; so that I am not always a beginner and at the bottom of the class; and this has worked and I am enjoying learning again.

However, there is one skill I haven’t picked up fully; that is Screen Printing.  I have attended a couple of workshops and going to try again in  few weeks. After the first class I bought a couple of screens, the ink and some squeegees in a hope that I could practice at home. I looked at some YouTube videos but these did nothing but confuse me., I attended another class but while I was able to work under supervision at home again I was at a loss.

So now I have another class booked; I decided  to look for a book for beginners, but I only found very beautiful books that were still technically beyond a beginner at home with her kitchen table and sink.

So when I found this little book written in 1961 I thought it would be fine … only to be disappointed. It is a pretty little book but the language and terminology is sadly very ‘last century’


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Alastair Savage permalink
    April 1, 2016 7:25 am

    Funnily enough, I did learn silk screen printing at MIddle School. It was a short series of lessons but it was amazing. Can you really do it at home, though? Doesn’t it need a lot of space?

    • April 1, 2016 11:20 am

      It is possible … I understand … but I would like to try at least … it cannot be that difficult 🙂

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