How to Make Your Own Hand-Drawn Screens for Screen Printing on Clay

This clip was excerpted from Screen Printing on Clay with Paul Andrew Wandless which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Shop!


An Easy Way to Make Custom Screens in your Home Studio


Making custom screens for printing on clay can be a little daunting if you are new to the world of screen printing. But, it is actually fairly accessible once you know the materials you need and how to use them.

In this video, an excerpt from his full-length video Screen Printing on Clay, (which is part of the Ultimate Image Transfer Collection) Paul demonstrates how to use screen block and screen filler to make hand-drawn silk screens for printing on clay. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


This clip was excerpted from Screen Printing on Clay with Paul Andrew Wandless which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Shop!

  • I assume all of the above questions and more are answered in the video. He has a clear voice and good presentation. The video taping, while broken to shorten, seems to follows in a smooth process. I will order it and reserve final judgment untill I view the finished product.

  • Thanks for the nice comments! I really hope this video is helpful with introducing you to some basic ways to use screen printing to put images or designs on the surfaces of your work. I tried to cover things with a straight-forward, fundamental approach of presenting the information. My hope is by the end of the video, you can explore and experiment on your own and adapt what is demonstrated to the way you like to work. As with anything, there are all kinds of variations to a technique and I hope you explore them all once you see them in their introductory forms in the video.

    Paul Andrew Wandless

  • Paul, I saw a demo you did at N.C.E.C.A. in Phoenix. Since then we have been doing traditional screen burning and printing in underglazes in the classroom. Question; when we tried to use slip for this process, it over-expressed through the screen, making blotchy images. Is there something specific I can do with slip to make it more functional for this use?


  • Great video, one of the best I’ve seen on CAD. I assume the screens and drawing and masking fluids can be bought at art supply stores? One thing I ALWAYS want to see in a video: the end product! I realize lots more is covered in the video, of course, but I am always curious about how pieces ultimately come out. Also, would it be possible to use the screen without the frame, such as around a cylinder or over a hump mold? Thanks for consistently good videos!

  • Wonderfully clear demonstration of this technique. Thanks.

  • Where can I purchase a silk screen like Paul’s? I like the fact that I could re-screen it so easily. Thank you.

  • In reference to the question from reader “AM”, as to how to screen onto round pots or hump molded clay, have a look at the feature I submitted in CM Daily from May 5, 2008
    “From Flat to Round: Screen Printing Glaze Patterns onto Pottery” That should give you all you need to know! Susan Kotulak

  • Thank you for sharing this video and it is wonderful.

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