Open Shop for Screenprinting: Tuesday and Thursday 6pm to 10pm, 1201 Mazant Street
Open Shop is two nights each week when the Community Printshop is open to the public no reservation or membership required. All are welcome to use the shop: this includes experienced screen printers to those who have never printed before and everyone in between! Open Shop is run by volunteer members who are happy to walk you through the basics of screen printing as well as demonstrate our shop’s equipment and procedures. Come on down Tuesday & Thursday nights and screen print for yourself.*
*Please double check our Facebook and website for closures or schedule changes
$7 Burn a screen
$5 Cup of Ink (Basic colors)
$5 Screen Storage (For storing screen 1 week)
$5 Table Fee (if you bring your own screen & ink)
What should I bring?
To participate in Screen Print Open Shop all you need to bring is:
A) A transparency (a black, opaque design drawn on acetate or tracing paper) or high contract black and white printed image. You don’t even need to have your image drawn yet, but it does help time-wise if you’re prepared! If you’re unsure if the ink or markers you are using for your image are opaque enough to block the light, plan to draw, trace, or re-draw at our shop using our light table. Sharpies are not recommended.
B) The funds to cover cost of materials (cash only). We coat screens for Open Shop with an emulsion coating, and supply ink to you to print with. To cover the cost of these supplies we charge $7 for use of a screen and $5 for a Dixie cup’s worth of ink (goes a long way!). We also ask if you bring your own supplies, you pay a $5 table fee to cover the cost of additional supplies.
C) Time, patience, and a DIY attitude. If you are a first-timer, be sure to arrive at the beginning of Open Shop (6pm) so that you have plenty of time to work. Our Volunteer Members may be busy helping other screen printers, so assistance is available to varying degrees from night to night.
What can I print on?
Technically, just about any flat surface. If you have a T shirt of your own you’d like to print on, or some paper, bring it in!
If you’d like to use our paper, however, (and we’ve got loads), you can buy some.
Paper prices vary from 5 cents a sheet to 25 cents a sheet. T shirts and shirts (all American Apparel) vary, between $5 and $7. Other materials are on a donation basis.
And that’s it! We have the squeegees, screens, tables, tape, markers, inks, paper, and knowledge to help you make almost any silkscreen you want.