I heard my friend, Amun Levy was hosting a screen printing workshop
and I knew I had to do it.
I mean, how is it that I’ve made it this far in a life devoted to hoarding tools and art supplies without getting into silk screening?
I actually do have a squeegee, some Speedball photo emulsion, and a couple of jars of ink that I picked up at a yard sale in Greenpoint. I use the ink ALL the time… I just painted a tumbleweed with it! And I think I used the squeegee on my Tiger Egg.
The truth is, I CANNOT read instructions. I have no patience for it. It takes me a whole day to put together a piece of IKEA furniture.
🤔 Wait. Do I have Attention Deficit Disorder?
We’ll worry about that later. Check out Amun’s studio!
Amun asked us to come prepared with a print-out from which to cut the stencil, but I have LASERWOLF, so I used him to make my stencil!
This freed me up to prep my screen with masking tape to help keep it clean. And to take some more photos of Amun’s awesome studio!
“Mojai” is what we call the Ojai neighborhood of Meiners Oaks, where I live. The waving hand is somewhat Ouija board-inspired. My initial design had little dots on the fingers which morphed into fingernails along the way. Amun smartly pointed out that they made no sense, so I took them off with an X-Acto blade. This was a big relief because they were very fragile!
Time to print!
We started with newsprint, to make sure the design was working.
Then we moved onto archival paper. Amun had the great idea to layer our prints on top of each other to create a unique exquisite corpse. We printed six so each of had one to take home! It was so fun to watch the piece progress and get more colorful! The collaboration was a really nice touch.
And of course we did some shirts!
Amun had some t-shirt blanks on deck and I picked up a very cool hoodie from my neighbors Sandy and Jason at Enid & Edgar Vintage in Meiners Oaks before class.