Here is a description of how to make a silkscreen shirt -

In 1997-1998 I taught graphic arts at Taunton High School. It was a tough year, but I learned a bunch of neat stuff that was in the course I was teaching, Graphics I. How to operate an offset press, prepress darkroom, wood block printing and silkscreen were all in the class. Gary Walter was the lead teacher in Graphics. He was very helpful and creative. It was a production shop and we made lots of neat printed stuff.

It was my first brush with the Technology and Engineering frameworks. After leaving Taunton, I started in Duxbury High School, where I have taught Technology and Engineering since 1998. There was a printing press and I got a bunch of silkscreen materials. I have used the silkscreen process in a few classes, but not as much as I would like.

These pictures are of the cutting of a silkscreen stencil. A lot of kids want to make copies of existing logos or artwork. I have always discouraged using copied stuff as subject matter, preferring to have them make their own original artwork.

Here is an example of how to make your own stencil of original art. I started with a picture taken several months ago. I brought it into gimp, tuned it up for the stencil process, printed it, put it on a board and cut it.

The image seems to want to be printed in multiple colors. I can see that the flame could have one or two colors as could the chalice. If the colors are picked carefully, they could blend and make it look like you are printing more screens than you are. Red and yellow could make orange, or yellow and orange making another flavor of orange. We'll see how the next steps of the process go...

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