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Etsy How-to: Screenprinting and You

Jan 8, 2008

by Vanessa Bertozzi

We made this video how-to for the pop-up community space we participated in with Good Magazine over the holidays.  It’s a fun how-to that introduces you to the art and science of screenprinting.  Matt and Pete are completely charming in it, so check it out!

See another video how-to on screenprinting with Matt and Bre of MAKE. This one involves LEDs and scary sound effects. Or, learn how to make screenprinted wrapping paper on recycled grocery bags!

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Screenprint Art for sale on Etsy or All Other Screenprinted Items

Flip Cat Doll Screenprinted Turquoise Teal  and Polka Dot Green
Flip Cat Doll Screenprinted Turquoise Teal and Polka Dot Green
Gorilla Cop Asphalt Men's T-shirt
Gorilla Cop Asphalt Men's T-shirt
Diamond Patch (Choose Your Own Color)
Diamond Patch (Choose Your Own Color)
SALE Ride the Horse
SALE Ride the Horse
Row Houses -Limited edition screen print, 8x10
Row Houses -Limited edition screen print, 8x10


  • AbbieRoad

    AbbieRoad said 9 years ago

    great video, I like the other one w/ make magazine too - I still wanna see a how to on the diy exposure unit you used in the Make video. The sun never works for me, and the lightbulb in a pie pan method works about 70% of the time!

  • gerrijo

    gerrijo said 9 years ago

    This was hilarious. I never though of using the sun to expose, and from the video, I think I prefer my 250 watt bulb inside :)

  • scarletbeautiful

    scarletbeautiful said 9 years ago

    a few you rinse with hot or cold water? if cold, could you just use the hose outside? and what if you live in cloudy washington state where there is no sun? does it still expose?

  • matt Admin

    matt said 9 years ago

    Hello Friends, 1. Re lightbox: Many people ask me how I built it, so a "how to" is certainly in order. I will get on it 2. Rinse with cold water, a hose works great, but in NYC we lack lawns and hoses 3. yes, screens will still expose on cloudy days. It just takes longer. There is a good deal of trial and error involved initially. Exposure times vary depending on emulsion used, brightness of light source, distance from light source etc. You can always also use a high watt light bulb or unfiltered black light to expose screens. The sun is a fickle beast, so you may want to try the more controlled environment first

  • circularaccessories

    circularaccessories said 9 years ago

    I love your DIY videos. Not sure how you manage to get your lab coats covered in more ink than your projects though :)

  • persimmonsgal

    persimmonsgal said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the video. I have had all the supplies for a few years now but am too lazy to read instructions.

  • persimmonsgal

    persimmonsgal said 9 years ago

    I guess I need an assistant too.

  • crankbunny

    crankbunny said 9 years ago

    Genius! -which is french for lampshade-

  • SupernovaDesigns

    SupernovaDesigns said 9 years ago

    omg i'm dying here. 6000K?? and who knew that the sun revolved around the earth... lol >.<

  • strawberryluna

    strawberryluna said 9 years ago

    YAY!! That was awesome, great work guys! "Squeegee, French for 'checkmate'" Tee hee. Cheers.

  • Slowshirts

    Slowshirts said 9 years ago

    "Squegee, it's french for checkmate" is gold-speak and going to stick around here, thanks!

  • CarolLeeDesigns

    CarolLeeDesigns said 9 years ago

    I'm now completely afraid of screenprinting. One less thing on my to-do list...

  • ColibriDreams

    ColibriDreams said 9 years ago

    Great video (the scary version was fascinating - how cool would it be to have howling T-shirt)! I want to screen-print! Just have to find all the materials here in Mexico... Do you make your screens by yourself or can you buy them?

  • 1AEON

    1AEON said 9 years ago

    1AEON does it the same way!!!!!!

  • glochidion

    glochidion said 9 years ago

    This is an excellent video. very informative, to the point and funny too! Great work Guys. Thanks. To the screen I go!

  • amuse

    amuse said 9 years ago

    This is great! these guys rock! I wish I had a cool video like this to watch when I was learning....instead I watched an hour of some boring guy talk talk talk...booo!! Thanks guys! Print on!

  • UnePetiteEtoile

    UnePetiteEtoile said 9 years ago

    Fab video.

  • backwoodsophisticate

    backwoodsophisticate said 9 years ago

    Awesome video!! Key lesson learned: I need a Pete.

  • SalmonStreetStudio

    SalmonStreetStudio said 9 years ago

    While we couldn't stand not having a pressure washer and controlled environment for coating/exposure it is cool that you are showing *anyone* they can print! And that = more cool printed stuff everywhere! : )

  • muxoriginals

    muxoriginals said 9 years ago

    This is a fabulous video! I think I finally have enough courage to try screenprinting for myself. Matt and Pete are hilarious, and cute, too :)

  • VerreEncore

    VerreEncore said 9 years ago

    that made my night! hilarious and full of great info. thanks!

  • Rachelrayns

    Rachelrayns said 9 years ago


  • MayaBella

    MayaBella said 9 years ago

    Very cool. I want to go out and make shirts now! Actually my hubby has wanted to do this for a while. Now he can learn! Thanks

  • magicjelly

    magicjelly said 9 years ago

    I really enjoyed that! Didn't the transparency end up blowing off the roof somewhere?

  • TheLolaCollection

    TheLolaCollection said 9 years ago

    hehehe, loved it! although, i should be finishing up projects i've started instead of watching these how-to's and dreaming up new ones ;)

  • urbanheirlooms

    urbanheirlooms said 9 years ago

    You made that look like so much fun! What happened to your lab coat? Ha ha!

  • flameonglass

    flameonglass said 9 years ago

    Super happy fun tutorial! Thanks.

  • rachealanilyse

    rachealanilyse said 9 years ago

    video was awesome. can i take pete and matt home with me?

  • jenniferaboston

    jenniferaboston said 9 years ago

    Awesome video! Thanks for sharing.

  • junkprints

    junkprints said 9 years ago

    HaaaaHaaaa! i love you guys.that vid was awesome!

  • prisma

    prisma said 9 years ago

    Haha.. great video! :D This makes me want to do screen printing even more than before!

  • insaneity

    insaneity said 9 years ago

    OK You guys were awesome in this video! I love dry humor. Give us more.

  • brownbunnybyiris

    brownbunnybyiris said 8 years ago

    It was fun watching and learning something new. Thanks for a great video!

  • cloud9designstudio

    cloud9designstudio said 8 years ago

    Great video. I've never exposed my screens in the sun.....maybe I will sometime.

  • lynncyrart

    lynncyrart said 8 years ago

    Wow, this is great... never knew you could make those yourself like that! Great video too! :)

  • rachelmoon

    rachelmoon said 8 years ago

    fantastic video, i think i have to try! so my question: how do you clean of the photo emulsion if you screw up your exposure time?

  • KitschCuisine

    KitschCuisine said 8 years ago

    iv'e always wanted to know how to make screens. my question, can you re-use a screen?

  • GlamBlasphemy

    GlamBlasphemy said 8 years ago

    were can I get the materials? I don't even know how to spell some of them.. lol.

  • WinkArtisans

    WinkArtisans said 8 years ago

    this was so a flashback... I did this in high school. I will revisit it.

  • Jemppa

    Jemppa said 8 years ago

    Great video! Thanks so much. I desperately want to try it. Do arts and craft stores sell all these things or is there an online shop of some sort?

  • MantaWave

    MantaWave said 8 years ago

    hahaha. 237th story. Those guys are hilarious. ~G

  • bellasparty

    bellasparty said 8 years ago

    Awesome video! Very funny and informative. You guys rock!

  • toastedpaper

    toastedpaper said 8 years ago

    ha ha ha! that really made me laugh!

  • MBraze

    MBraze said 8 years ago

    Amazing How-To video! Loved it, loooved it and learned so much! Creative, funny, interesting and not intimidating whatsoever. I remember learning screen printing back in 6th grade but forgot all of it through the yrs. Thank you so much for sharing this. Now I'm motivated again to design my endless tshirt ideas! Bravo Etsy!

  • reinaldovalentin

    reinaldovalentin said 8 years ago

    Great video and funny. I'll be doing this soon.

  • lovelyart

    lovelyart said 8 years ago

    funny tutorial I love it!

  • Ovenfreshproductions

    Ovenfreshproductions said 7 years ago

    Great video. I like when you blew away and stating that you were on the 200+ floor rooftop when there aren't any buildings that tall in brooklyn. hahaha! Good stuff!

  • catryan

    catryan said 7 years ago

    I loved this video, fun, silly yet very informative.

  • greencouchdesign

    greencouchdesign said 7 years ago

    This is a great video my new favorite! Great work...I hope someday I will can be a screen printing master.

  • sweetmixcreations

    sweetmixcreations said 7 years ago

    Too funny!

  • KarinLorenc

    KarinLorenc said 7 years ago

    So that's how you do it. Great video.

  • screenprinting

    screenprinting said 5 years ago

    Always enjoy watching people succeed, great video.

  • blade

    blade from blade said 4 years ago

    definitely pretty neat.

  • lilsugarmuffin

    A Delicate Case from ADelicateCase said 4 years ago

    Love this video!! Can't wait to have a go at screen printing myself!! :) xx

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