After my time canoeing with The Indytute last summer, I was delighted to throw myself into another beginner experience. Even though I have a degree in Fine and Applied Arts, I define myself as a ‘crap’ artiste. I’ve always loved the idea of screen printing but could never get the hang of it during my uni days. So, when The Indytute got in touch to see if I’d like to try out their at-home screen printing experience, I was ever so slightly concerned with the task at hand. However, with the third lockdown sapping my creative spirits, I decided to pick up the squeegee and give it a go.
With the date booked in my diary, there was little to worry about, as the printmaking kit was delivered straight to my door. The only task left was to find my perfect screen printing canvas. In the end I decided to go with a tote bag, as I’m always forgetting bags when going to the shop. On the Thursday evening all I had to do was set out my table, get some soapy water ready for cleaning, and sign myself into Zoom.
Keeping myself firmly on mute and with my camera off (I’m a complete klutz and nobody needs to see that on screen), the screen printing class begun. Our fabulous workshop leader set about a detailed induction of the task at hand. With little success at screen printing in the past, I really did consider myself a complete beginner. After asking a couple of questions and scoping out my design, I cracked on. After having one altercation resulting in black paint being plastered across my forehead, I was screen printing in no time. The kit was brilliant as it came with pre-cut designs, leaving us to focus on the process. I’m a massive perfectionist, so this was a great addition.
Overall I found the workshop a great, hands-on, and fun way of getting messy and creative. If the third lockdown is getting to you or you’re looking for a gift for a loved one, I’d implore you to give it a go. You won’t regret it, I promise!