SCREENPRINTING FOR ENTREPRENEURS

Have you ever thought about starting your own business? Do you have a sketchbook full of designs waiting to come to life? Are you looking to increase the production of your artwork?

Screenprinting for Entrepreneurs is a 10 week program hosted by Wachiay Studio. This program has been developed to teach artists, creatives, and entrepreneurs how to screenprint while also providing foundational business skills to support you as you grow your business.

Our mission is to support small-scale artists and entrepreneurs, particularly those living in rural and remote areas, to create capacity and self-sufficiency that bolsters local economies and supports healthy communities.

Why Screenprinting? 

Screenprinting is a unique, creative, inclusive, and universallyused tool for production.  It is an exceptionally versatile printing process; ink can be printed on almost any surface: paper, textiles, metal, wood, and electronics. 

Screenprinting is very accessible – on completion of this course, you will have all the tools and know-how needed to continue printing, build your brand, and develop your business.

The Course

This 10 week online course will include the following modules: 

  1. Setting up your studio
  2. The printing process 
  3. Introduction to design
  4. Building a brand
  5. Accounting fundamentals 
  6. Marketing and promotion 

On completion of the program, you will have a well-rounded understanding of the screenprinting process, be aware of career opportunities in a screenprinting studio, and will have the confidence and capability to begin and/or grow your own business. 

This course will be completely remote – from the comfort of your home! Instruction will include a mix of online modules, video chats, skill-developing activities, and personal projects.

Though we have developed the course with your busy schedule in mind, this course will require your commitment, time, and focus. Be prepared to commit 10-12 hours per week.  

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Testimonials

“I feel there is so much to learn; yet there are so many new opportunities to expand my art skills and style, while also branching out into the business world and developing a new product line truly unique to me. I also love that this is something my family can learn and benefit from and that I can also eventually share my new skills with others in my community. Thank you for this amazing opportunity and experience!”

“I have been extremely impressed with the way this course has been able to remotely instruct students on the basics of screen printing. Having the course formatted as a distance program that can be done from the comfort of your home has made it accessible in a way that it otherwise would not have been. The materials provided were perfect to get everyone off to a great start and all the instructors are knowledgeable, kind, and generous with their time. The online platform works quite well and is easy to navigate, while the Zoom calls create an actual classroom feel and sense of community that I really appreciate.”

Wachiay Studio acknowledges with respect and gratitude the Pentlach and K’omoks Coast Salish peoples, the traditional keepers of this land, on whose unceded territory we work, create, make, and reside.

Exemplary Weekly Reflection Posts

2 color print

I tweaked an oil painting that I started long ago. Worked in Photoshop. My drawing needs improvement. I will definitely try a shorter exposure time for the next project.  I lost a lot of detail in the hummingbird feathers and bleeding hearts, but I loved the process! Having fun!!Learning lots! 🙂

Two colour printing

i tried again i will hopefully post a better version of the print

T-Birds etc…

O.k. We successfully coated and shot our new screens, starting with the step exposure. Successful step exposure print with notes added Exposing Thunderbird 1 screen. We decided to put both colours separations on one screen. Close up of 2 colour print. Because the printer would not make the transparency dark enough, I reworked the film…

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Week 5

So I finally got to do some prints from the last couple weeks of trying. I was doing awesome after setting up until the plastic clamp I was using to prop ny screen up decided to break off and fling my rope and everything. I was able to keep the shirt free of ink splatter…

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Week five

Had better luck with the Wayi Wah clock image when using digital means. Screened up some kids tees, one ended up a bit blurry not sure why?? Lisa and I collaborated on a design based on a story I shared with her of Blue berry picking with elders. We digitized it because we seem to…

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Week 5

I’ve completed a 2 color print! But before learning about the useful bullseye! I didn’t incorporate it in this print but I can 100% for sure guarantee  I will next time! It was tough every print I had to not flood, and check the print for alignment every time through the screen, because each print…

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Week 3 reflection

I think I got 2 and 3 mixed and mashed so I ended up doing a hand drawn design and a collage sort of design in the same print! But I finished the actual stencil and printing last module! as for reclaiming, I’ve made a home reclaiming set up out of my bathroom, and I…

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Reflecting

Was a great week. Lots of printing happening. Sorry for the terrible pictures.

Week four

  I played around with Inkscape outlining images of ancestors and language.  Learned a lot about how much there is to learn from this process.   We weren’t sure how to digitize Lisa’s sketch design so she decided to try to trace it out using the pen’s, but it didn’t burn through the exposure.  Not…

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Two colour printing

It was an exciting challenge to make these two colour prints on two tshirts and five aprons. There was a few corrections I had to make when printing because certain parts were not lining up perfectly so i had to tape spots off to allow it to dry and reprint the missing parts so it…

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Experimenting

I managed to Reclaim both screens, then coating seems to be getting easier. The first screen (156) I tried a grouse wing fan, and a sharpie design on the bottom of a moose, the grouse wing didn’t turn out but the moose design looked ok, but I made a critical error and it pretty obvious…

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nism̓a run of prints

This week we pulled another run of prints, “nism̓a” (land), run of 50. We pulled them on the 156 screen, which worked way better than the 110. We also removed the ship from the previous design, as I did not like the amount of detail that was allowed on this size print (11″x 14″ size…

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