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Screen Printing

Updated on May 5, 2010

Screen Printing

In the early 80's with my only artistic abilities being photography I decided to explore the art of screen printing. I was lucky that here in Cincinnati there is a rich printing history and the screen printing side of it was vast. The largest screen printer here and I believe for a while possibly the largest in the country, Velva Sheen is where I started. A friend from my high school years was an artist for the company, so I went to him to see if he could help me out. After some conversations about where to start he decided we would do a fine art print from an old negative he had from 1927 at a train station in Natural Bridge, Kentucky. We took that negative to a local blueprint shop where the guy that ran the darkroom was a friend. Explaining what we needed (my friend did the explaining, I hadn't a clue) we were off to find the other things we'd need for the project. A trip to Cincinnati Screen Products to buy ink, screens, mesh, squeeges and mineral spirits for the clean up. About a week later the film positives needed for screens for each color were ready and to my surprise there were probably 30 films. What? The first project and we were going to try to print 30 colors? It felt overwhelming. We shot the first few screens (all we bought) and set out to see what we could do. Below you'll see the results and I think you'll agree they were real good. Of all the screen printing I've done in the last 35 years this remains my favorite project. Thanks for checking it out. Peace!!

Final print of the Natural Bridge project.
Final print of the Natural Bridge project.
Bob Marley T-shirt front print.
Bob Marley T-shirt front print.
The lyric on the back of the shirt.
The lyric on the back of the shirt.
Jerry Garcia T-shirt front print.
Jerry Garcia T-shirt front print.

Sorry that I rambled on about the first project without really touching on the screen printing basics. I'll do that one soon.  Peace!!


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    • justom profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from 41042

      Hey Peggy, I answered your ? before I got here. It is fun but almost a lost art now with all the digital imaging. They have printers that print directly onto the garments. I guess it eliminates a lot of work and chemicals but it sure makes it less interesting. Thanks for the read and comment. Peace!!

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Aha! Answered my own question from the one I posed in the comment section of my latest hub as to why you attended a screen printing convention in Galveston. Nice to see your artistic side in addition to your photography. That is something I have never done. Would be fun!

    • justom profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from 41042

      Thanks agvulpes, I started with photography and screen printing just seemed like a natural step forward. I'll check your hubs out. Peace!!

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      8 years ago from Australia

      I always wanted to try screen printing until I did try it 'once' way to messy for me lol I will stick with photography and I love the prints you have done!

    • justom profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from 41042

      Thanks again Darlene, if you really want the shirt we could probably make that happen. Just let me know.

    • Darlene Sabella profile image

      Darlene Sabella 

      8 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Great hub, I have always wanted to have my own shirt with my last name on it. How cool it this...thumbs up and keep on keeping on

    • justom profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from 41042

      Thanks VAMPYGYRL420 (great name:) glad you like them!

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      Windy Grace Mason 

      8 years ago from The Eastern Shore of Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, U.S.A.

      Beautiful work, Justom :) Love the Jerry Garcia and Bob Marley prints! Many Blessings, Windy Grace

    • justom profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from 41042

      Thanks Ginn, I've always enjoyed being creative.

    • Ginn Navarre profile image

      Ginn Navarre 

      8 years ago

      Liked this. It all starts with an imagination and the love of art shows through here.


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