In college I took a summer "Alternative Methods in Printmaking" course that was, by far, one of my favorite classes ever. My professor was a grad student who happened to be a kick ass roller derby chick with a unique style and encouraging spirit. One method we didn't cover, however, was screen printing. I've always wanted to learn, constantly reading up on home setups and even backing a Kickstarter fund for Screen Printing On The Cheap. So when it came time to design our wedding invitations, I knew I wanted to try my hand at it. What better time to jump start my learning!
Thanks to inspiration from Handmade Weddings, I set off to make my own screen print jig that was small enough to use at home but also mobile in case I needed to take it to the studio. I had already purchased a screen from Michael's so I knew I needed my back board to accommodate it's size but also allow for bigger screens if needed. A Google search brought me to these hinge clamps since none of my local hardware stores carried them. That's all I needed to get started.
Word to the wise, you'll need to create an inset in your back board to allow for the screen to lie flush. I used MDF which was an easy material to chisel, but you may want to keep this in mind when choosing your material.
That's it! The hardest part, or should I say most time consuming, is the actual screen set up since it requires several steps with dry time in between. I'll share more on that process soon!