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Screen Printing with Hand-Cut Stencils

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Screen printing provides an effective way for artists to transfer various kinds of imagery to glass. There are many ways to prepare screens for printing, the most common being the emulsion method. This lesson explores another approach to preparing screens: the hand-cut stencil method. This method relies on a relatively simple set of tools to develop the imagery, rather than computer software or an exposure unit. Despite its low-tech approach, this method is also versatile and can be used with other print-and-glass processes like powder printing. In this lesson, you will learn what kinds of imagery are best suited to this method, the process of preparing the image on vinyl, transferring it to the screen, and how to clean up materials when you're finished. We'll also discuss some variations on this method.

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