Screen Printing on Clay with Paul Andrew Wandless
There’s nothing more inviting than a blank ceramic surface, and what better place to explore decorating opportunities? Paul Andrew Wandless is a printmaker and a ceramic artist who has explored the potential of combining these...(Scroll for more.)
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…two media. In this exceptionally descriptive video download, he demonstrates how to transfer images onto the clay surface. You’ll learn how to create screens and stencils, prepare ceramic “inks” and print on clay to gain a complete understanding of the process. Original List Price: $59.97
As a skilled ceramic artist, printmaker and educator, Paul has presented this information in countless workshops throughout the U.S. and provides the most detailed look at printing on clay found anywhere. And best of all, there’s no particular studio requirement or expensive special equipment, just some readily accessible and easy to use materials will get you started in producing simple to complex images on your work.
Stretching your own screens
After a brief introduction, Paul demonstrates how to make two different types of silkscreens. The first one is made from an inexpensive wood frame you can pick up at a dollar store or craft store and the second, a little easier to fabricate, is a corded frame found in art supply stores or online. The frames are easy to construct and the instruction is detailed, so you won’t be left guessing as to whether you made it correctly or not. Paul also explains the different types of readily available screen fabric needed for this type of printing.
Creating images on screens
Once you have your screens, you’re ready to create images on them. If you’ve never done any work with 2-D art, don’t worry — there are many avenues to take. Paul begins with a simple repeat pattern using drawing fluid and screen block, which work like glaze and wax resist. With another technique, he demonstrates how to create stencils first with a basic stencil material and then with an adhesive stencil film found at craft stores. If you’d like to screen print something a little more detailed like half-tones, photos or engravings, then you’ll want PhotoEZ. This product is simple to use and requires no darkroom or special emulsions for you to get successful results — just sunlight and a kitchen sink!
“I am very impressed with Paul’s DVD workshop. He is very clear and thorough. Every time I view the video I learn something new.” — Colleen H., Ontario
“A great artist sharing his vast knowledge on what he does best. Can’t wait to implement some of the techniques on my own work.” — Pat W., Louisiana
Preparing ceramic “inks” for print
Underglazes are the best “inks” to use for screen printing on clay. Since the colors are pretty close to what you’ll get after firing, you can check the progress of your print throughout the process. Paul expertly takes you through the steps to prepare them so they’ll be the right consistency — not too thin or too thick. If you opt to use glazes to print onto bisque ware, you’ll follow the same procedure.
Printing with your screens
In the final segment of the video, Paul shows how to prepare the clay surface then takes you through the steps to print. After making a single image with either a squeegee or sponge, he shows you how to make a drop shadow print and how to print on a curved surface. Next, he expands on these simple processes and gets into printing complex layered images and spot color printing where he applies several colors to a single image. Paul ends the session with a brief demo of applying glazes to bisque, providing additional tips for success with this related technique.