A few months ago I was asked to teach a demo on screen printing at Western Technical College in LaCrosse where I recently graduated with a degree in Graphic Design. Naturally, I was super excited by the opportunity. I spent many hours screening shirts in high school and it's where my interest in the graphic arts began. Of course, back then we were using like Photoshop 3 or something like that and the Motorola Razr was the phone to have, but I have always had a soft spot for the analog processes like silk screening. In fact, it has been quite a while since I have actually printed anything. At the time I had just designed the brand identity that you see across this site, the cornerstone being a one color logo that could be implemented easily across a variety of mediums with ease. One of the sort of silly uses that I had worked on was a paper drink coaster. I had planed on digitally printing them, but since I was doing the screen set up anyway, I figured that I would do a batch of them this way for the demo.
The idea was to learn how to print with minimal expense, so I decided to forgo things like hinge clamps and vacuum hold down. We even printed with a home-made water based ink, a total diy attitude. Because of this simplified process, the finishing required a little more effort, all the outer edges were trimmed by hand.