I LOVE using screens as it is so much faster than hand painting every image. Printing with them is easy; simply
tape it down, squeegee on thick paint, and remove the screen.
The variety that can be achieved with the screens keeps it from looking repetitive. Use of paints, dyes and markers
vary the imagery. Often I will silkscreen the image in black, then hand paint the area inside (as is done with
the red birds in the tapestry above).
With MakeScreens Art Screens, you donít have to worry about paint going under the design. Unlike stencils, the screens are made
of 2 layers, fabric and emulsion. So paint is squeegeed through fabric. Thus the design is crisper, and more detail can
Your own design can be transformed into an art screen. Start by transferring your image onto a transparency. Using a
computer and printer, print the image at the blackest setting. To hand draw or copy your design, use Write-On
transparencies and opaque Deco Color markers.
Once the design is complete, MakeScreens art film is placed with the transparency. It is developed using light, either in the
sun or a light table.
After developing, the film is placed in water for ten minutes. The black areas of the design will loosen in the water.
Using a sponge, remove the emulsion, then rinse in water.
The film is placed back to the light of the sun or a light table to harden the film. After this process, the art
screen is ready to use.
The trumpet vine screen (shown here) was used on the tapestry above for all the leaves. Shades of green leaves were
made by using transparent paints; the gold leaves were screened with Lumiere paint.