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Screen Printing Workshop with The Side Garage

  • The Side Garage 3903 Urbandale Avenue Des Moines, IA, 50310 United States (map)

In this workshop, we will talk through how to prep your file for silk-screen printing as a full group. From there, we will break up into small groups and rotate through two stations: a screen burning station and a printing station.

Screen Burning Station:
Here you will learn the nitty gritty that keeps everything flowing in silk-screen printing. We’ll cover the materials and process it takes to make a screen as well as briefly touch on the reclaiming process when you’ve completed the use of your design. We will also have one volunteer from each group go through the burning process from start to finish.

Printing Station:
At the printing station you will learn how to set-up your screen on both a table-top and t-shirt press. You will also learn about water based vs. plastisol ink and which works best for certain mediums. Additionally you will have the opportunity to print your own shirt and poster. If you would like to print on additional items, please feel free to bring those as well.

Mediums that don’t take a silk-screen print as well:
Course Canvas
Dry-Fit material (requires a different kind of Plastisol ink)
Highly textured material

Additionally, we will have a coloring station for kids where they will be able to color their own screen-printed poster that we will print in advance.  Since we will be breaking up into groups of 5 with only two stations — we ask that those groups who are not participating in the print stations help facilitate the kids activity.

It is encouraged to wear clothing that you are okay with getting dirty. We will have aprons on site, but rogue ink is a known enemy in the printing world.

Any questions leading up to the workshop, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us via email:

Cost: $40 (no cost for children but please let us know how many will attend!)
Maximum Attendees: 20

Later Event: June 21
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