Yesterday our team decided to visit Suez and Zapote’s Silk Screen Seminar. There we learned the process of Serigraphy or Screen Printing, they taught us the different kind of inks, photo emulsions and tools that are used for screen printing. They also taught us the process of building our own screen, we first gun-tacked and stretched the silk mesh to our frames, then washed it to make sure there’s no dust between the mesh’s holes, after that we let it dry for about 5 or 10 minutes then applied the photo emulsion. The photo emulsion is very sensitive and should be applied in a dark room, I personally don’t know how to explain how the emulsion works but it is the blue color you see in the screen above. Again we let it dry for 20 minutes then burned it in a exposure unit or lightbox. We burned it so the photo emulsion will hardened and the one that is not exposed which is covered by our design will still be soft and can be watered down to reveal the design. Again we let it dry for 5 minutes then printing time!
The screen making process is very long and you need a lot of patience but after all the wait the printing is very easy and fast. You just need to remember to wash your screen after you use it so the paint or ink will not block the mesh’s holes. The team learned a lot and exchanged ideas with other students, we also met new friends and of course made art. The seminar was fun and full of excitement especially the part where you see your design printed on the shirt. We give our thanks to Sir Mon and Sir Jowee founders of Team Manila for sharing their knowledge to us beginners and aspiring t-shirt entrepreneurs and to Master Bims of Suez and Zapote for teaching us the whole process of screen printing, we must not also forget Sir Tata for assisting us while Sir Bims is busy with the other students. Maybe next December there will be another seminar and we hope you guys participate and also have fun.
- Slapstick <3