A day screenprinting with Handmade By If

As you may be aware, we’ve recently launched our new little sister company, Handmade By If!

Handmade By If has been set up to create our own hand printed products. So far you can find art prints, greetings cards and party invites. We’re bursting with ideas so to keep up with news please ‘like’ our new Handmade By If facebook page.

We also have a little online shop, here, so please browse to your hearts content!

It’s amazing to be physically creating the designs we twiddle with for hours over a computer screen. It gets us off our bums, away from the computers and into an ink stained pinny.

We wouldn’t be able to have all this fun if it wasn’t for the West Yorkshire Print Workshop in Mirfield, who’s screen printing facilities we use. They are an open access print facility with screen print, etching, lino and collography equipment. They have a year long programme of workshops, gallery space (currently showing David Hockney’s Grimms Fairytales prints), artist studios and even a shop. Make sure you drop in and support them if you can.

Here’s a quick little image diary ‘a day in the print workshop with Handmade By If’

1) Preparing the artwork ready for exposing the screen. The artwork must be seperated into the different colours and set in black onto clear acetate.

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2) After the screen has been exposed and cleaned we pop it in the drying room. Meanwhile we mix up some lovely colours!

colours

 

3) Here’s the exposed and dried screen all set up on the vacuum table ready for printing. Yellow goes first…

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4) And here are the first colour prints!

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5) Now for some pink! (After washing the yellow off and drying the screen again)

pinkon

 

6) Drying the pink prints…

pinkdry

 

7) Lining up the gray so that it prints in the right place!

liningup

 

8) Here they all are, printed and drying on the racks… What a productive day!

finisheddrying

 

9) And finally… here’s the finished products. All dressed and framed!

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DREAMERS_YELLOW_FRAME_sm

 

If you think this looks like fun then make a visit to West Yorkshire Print Workshop and book yourself on a course!

If you’d like to buy one of these lovely prints then please go to our online shop.