From the monthly archives:

January 2009

This tutorial will show you how to set up your dark room, or dark corner if that’s all you have.

P1010247Setting up your dark room so that you can coat and dry screens without risking exposure to light is actually very straight forward and simple. And you don’t need a lot of space. When I had my large studio I was able to put a 10′x8′ darkroom under the loft. I draped a wall of blackout fabric and had a curtained off area as you stepped inside so when you went in and turned on the safety light you could close the blackout curtain behind you. Thus keeping out the light as you came and went in the darkroom. Now that I am running my business in the smaller (much smaller) confines of my house I have set-up my darkroom in a space that is now a corner of a storage room using about 4′x3′ of space. Nice thing is, I can tell you from experience that there is no difference between my pro darkroom and my at home version in the quality of my screen stencils. The difference really is that the first one cost thousands to set up and the second cost nothing. So if you are an at home crafter you will be able to achieve pro quality prints even at home as long as you follow a few simple rules for your new darkroom. [read more…]

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Screen Printing 101- Part 2- Creating The Stencil

This tutorial shows how you will expose and wash your newly made stencil on your silk screen frame.

Read more → January 21, 2009

Screen Printing 101- Part 3- The Good Stuff!

This tutorial is part 3 of a three part series and focuses on printing onto fabric and paper with a screen print frame.

Read more → January 21, 2009

Feeling Exposed?

Here’s a quick guide to exposure times for silkscreens whether you use a pro lamp, task lamp or the sun!

Read more → January 13, 2009

Building A Silkscreen Frame from Scratch.

Get Handy! Make you Own Screen Print Frame for $10.00. To make your own screen print frame from scratch you’ll first need wood- hardwood is the best option. You should use wood at least 1 inch thick, and about 1 1/2 inches wide with no major knots and it should be very straight without warps or […]

Read more → January 13, 2009

Screen Printing 101- Part 1- Getting Started

This tutorial is the first in a series of three turtorials that teach you everything you need to know about silkscreen printing whether it is on fabric, t-shirts or onto paper. Happy Printing!

Read more → January 13, 2009

Michelle SaintOnge Business Timeline- Part 4

My Journey to Become an Independent Artist and Craftsperson. Part 1/ Part 2/ Part 3/ Part 4 My Time to Give Back 2008- I made plans to visit SURTEX in New York City. It’s one of the largest licensed art trade shows and I had been there before on a fact finding mission about the licensing business […]

Read more → January 7, 2009

Michelle SaintOnge Business Timeline- Part 3

My Journey to Become an Independent Artist and Craftsperson. Part 1/ Part 2/ Part 3/ Part 4 Crafting My Place In This World 2006- I secured financing and began to look for studio space. That was much harder than I anticipated. I didn’t need a lot of space but I needed enough to house a […]

Read more → January 7, 2009

Michelle SaintOnge Business Timeline- Part 2

My Journey to Become an Independent Artist and Craftsperson. Part 1/ Part 2/ Part 3/ Part 4 The Working Years 2001- I was able to land a job as a CAD designer for The Hudson Bay Company’s private brands. The job was terribly underpaid but I took it because I knew it would be a […]

Read more → January 7, 2009