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Etsy How-to: Screenprinting and You

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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  • AbbieRoad

    AbbieRoad says:

    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!

    8 years ago

  • gerrijo

    gerrijo says:

    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 :)

    8 years ago

  • scarletbeautiful

    scarletbeautiful says:

    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?

    8 years ago

  • matt Admin

    matt says:

    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

    8 years ago

  • circularaccessories

    circularaccessories says:

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

    8 years ago

  • persimmonsgal

    persimmonsgal says:

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

    8 years ago

  • persimmonsgal

    persimmonsgal says:

    I guess I need an assistant too.

    8 years ago

  • crankbunny

    crankbunny says:

    Genius! -which is french for lampshade-

    8 years ago

  • SupernovaDesigns

    SupernovaDesigns says:

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

    8 years ago

  • strawberryluna

    strawberryluna says:

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

    8 years ago

  • Slowshirts

    Slowshirts says:

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

    8 years ago

  • CarolLeeDesigns

    CarolLeeDesigns says:

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

    8 years ago

  • ColibriDreams

    ColibriDreams says:

    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?

    8 years ago

  • 1AEON

    1AEON says:

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

    8 years ago

  • glochidion

    glochidion says:

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

    8 years ago

  • amuse

    amuse says:

    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!

    8 years ago

  • UnePetiteEtoile

    UnePetiteEtoile says:

    Fab video.

    8 years ago

  • backwoodsophisticate

    backwoodsophisticate says:

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

    8 years ago

  • SalmonStreetStudio

    SalmonStreetStudio says:

    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! : )

    8 years ago

  • muxoriginals

    muxoriginals says:

    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 :)

    8 years ago

  • VerreEncore

    VerreEncore says:

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

    8 years ago

  • Rachelrayns

    Rachelrayns says:


    8 years ago

  • MayaBella

    MayaBella says:

    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

    8 years ago

  • magicjelly

    magicjelly says:

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

    8 years ago

  • TheLolaCollection

    TheLolaCollection says:

    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 ;)

    8 years ago

  • urbanheirlooms

    urbanheirlooms says:

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

    8 years ago

  • flameonglass

    flameonglass says:

    Super happy fun tutorial! Thanks.

    8 years ago

  • rachealanilyse

    rachealanilyse says:

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

    8 years ago

  • jenniferaboston

    jenniferaboston says:

    Awesome video! Thanks for sharing.

    8 years ago

  • junkprints

    junkprints says:

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

    8 years ago

  • prisma

    prisma says:

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

    8 years ago

  • insaneity

    insaneity says:

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

    8 years ago

  • brownbunnybyiris

    brownbunnybyiris says:

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

    7 years ago

  • cloud9designstudio

    cloud9designstudio says:

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

    7 years ago

  • lynncyrart

    lynncyrart says:

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

    7 years ago

  • rachelmoon

    rachelmoon says:

    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?

    7 years ago

  • KitschCuisine

    KitschCuisine says:

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

    7 years ago

  • GlamBlasphemy

    GlamBlasphemy says:

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

    7 years ago

  • WinkArtisans

    WinkArtisans says:

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

    7 years ago

  • Jemppa

    Jemppa says:

    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?

    7 years ago

  • MantaWave

    MantaWave says:

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

    7 years ago

  • bellasparty

    bellasparty says:

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

    7 years ago

  • toastedpaper

    toastedpaper says:

    ha ha ha! that really made me laugh!

    7 years ago

  • MBraze

    MBraze says:

    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!

    7 years ago

  • reinaldovalentin

    reinaldovalentin says:

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

    6 years ago

  • lovelyart

    lovelyart says:

    funny tutorial I love it!

    6 years ago

  • Ovenfreshproductions

    Ovenfreshproductions says:

    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!

    6 years ago

  • catryan

    catryan says:

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

    6 years ago

  • greencouchdesign

    greencouchdesign says:

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

    6 years ago

  • sweetmixcreations

    sweetmixcreations says:

    Too funny!

    6 years ago

  • KarinLorenc

    KarinLorenc says:

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

    6 years ago

  • screenprinting

    screenprinting says:

    Always enjoy watching people succeed, great video.

    4 years ago

  • blade

    blade from blade says:

    definitely pretty neat.

    3 years ago

  • lilsugarmuffin

    A Delicate Case from ADelicateCase says:

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

    3 years ago