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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 18 September 2019
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782217244
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 204x260 mm
  • Illustrations: 300
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: £9.99
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Beginner’s Guide to Screen Printing


12 beautiful printing projects with templates by Erin Lacy

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Book Description

Screen printing is made accessible in this beautiful step-by-step guide featuring twelve projects.

Screen printing is a print process involving the forcing of ink through a screen of fine material to create a picture or pattern. It has been around for many years, and has long been perceived as a specialist subject accessible only to professional printers and textile artists due to the high cost of the screens and inks.

Recently, however, screen printing has entered the mainstream and the equipment and tools have become more affordable and accessible.

In this Beginner's Guide to Screen Printing, Erin Lacy shows you how to make your own screen using an embroidery hoop and silk fabric, and demonstrates how to create beautiful designs that are easy to achieve.

Discover how to print onto different surfaces such as wood, cork and fabric, and create twelve stunning, coastal and botanical-themed projects through bright and colourful step-by-step photography.

The book includes templates and inspiration on how to design your own screen printing motifs.

Table of Contents

Inspiration and ideas
Tools and materials
Before you print
After you print
Making a hoop screen
Exposing: Working with resists
Print production
Repeats and borders
Multilayered screen printing
Placement motifs
Printing gradients
Creating your own designs
Templates and motifs

The projects
Botanical postcards
Cork coasters
Wood bunting
Calico tote bags
Swallow-print tea towel
Feather-print fabric
Feather-print skirt
Printed cushion covers
Dragonfly placemats
Dragonfly table runner
Shell motif beach blanket
Pebble print

About the Author

About Erin Lacy

Erin Lacy traded in her urban roots for walking boots when she moved to open up a print studio in the creative Cornish seaside town of St. Ives (UK) where she currently lives.

Erin trained at, and graduated from, the London College of Fashion, always surrounding herself with the textile world through work and leisure. Erin decided to set up a business to promote printing as a craft, from demonstrating print techniques from her studio to popping up at shows and providing workshops.

From this Erin also found a gap in the market to start producing her own paint range of ready to go hand-mixed printing paints. Pick Pretty Paints evolved purely from having not being able to find a paint medium for all print methods to use around a table or on the go.

Erin has been selected for a number of features to promote print as craft, alongside Kirstie Allsopp's team at Handmade Shows and Fairs across the UK and demonstrating Christmas printing gift wrap ideas on Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas TV programme.

Erin aims to show how easy and accessible print can be with the basic tools and techniques to hand. Her Beginner's Guide to Screenprinting will inspire readers to print wherever they may find themselves, and will take a fresh different approach to screen printing to spark new ideas and inspire crafting fun.


Simply Sewing

Erin Lacy demystifies the art of screen printing, with inspiring photography, beautiful projects and easy-to-follow techniques. You'll learn how to make a screen using an embroidery hoop and silk fabric, print onto different surfaces such as wood, cork and fabric, and create 12 coastal and botanical-themed projects with your printed designs. 


Make your mark with this primer on screen printing.  Even if you have never done any before you will soon be printing like a pro on not only fabric and paper but cork, wood and more.

 Ive done some screen printing in the past, but not recently so was keen to see if the book was suitable for a beginner.  Buying the kit is not cheap and one of the main concerns anybody has before taking up a new hobby is whether they will take to it or not, so laying out money on costly equipment is often the reason they dont bother.  The author of this book wisely suggests having a try first with an embroidery hoop, a sponge dabber and a silk habutai scarf; this is also a very portable way of doing it.  After introducing the materials and tools the book goes on to explain how the process works from drawing, to cutting the stencil, attaching it to the screen, printing and fixing.  This is a lot to take in, but it is broken down into sections and there are plenty of staged photographs with reassuringly short captions which make it all seem doable.  If the drawing part is rather a challenge, not to mention rendering your art to make it suitable for printing you can use found objects like leaves and of course the templates at the back. 

 The projects cover not only fabric items but postcards, wooden bunting, cork coasters and a card print for the wall.  Fabric projects include a skirt, a bag, tea towel, table mats and a runner.  Each one teaches a different lesson so you can amass useful and gift quality items while learning.  The theme is mostly nature with an emphasis on the seaside as the author lives in Cornwall, and she sells her own range of paints for printing.  At the back is a short gallery of items plus a handy glossary.  I found this to be a very user (and purse) friendly primer on the sometimes rather daunting process of screen printing and look forward to taking it up again.

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