Practice, print, repeat.
Open Studio is for water-based screen printers that are able to print fairly independently. It doesn't matter where you got your experience, but you do need to be able to print without instruction. Don't worry, we are here to help print transparencies and give advice on printing issues that may come up to make sure your prints are coming out super fine. In the end our ultimate goal is to make sure you are efficient and successful – and the studio equipment is used properly and kept in good condition for the benefit of all screen printers.
$10 Hourly Fee Includes: your own printing area, use of our screens and materials for coating, prepping and reclaiming. Please info below for any additional fees.
Screen Prep Refresher: we offer a $35 screen prep option that you can add to your appointment for 2 types of screen printers; those that have taken our printing workshop where you need some refreshing, or those that have learned the process somewhere else and need to become familiar with our process. This workshop will go over choosing the correct screen and mesh, coating, exposing and reclaiming, plus some minor file set-up and printing transparencies. Please note: it does not cover registration or printing and will add about 45 minutes.
You also have the option to have us prep your screens. We will confirm all details before your appointment. See below for fees.
Open Studio Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 10am-5pm, Saturday: noon-5pm
Please fill out the Open Studio Request Form to get started. We will do our best to confirm within 1 business day.
• If you need come in today or tomorrow, please call the studio to check availability: (303) 321-7101
Open Studio Fees
Printing Templates & Trapping Info
Open Studio Rates
• $10/hr that includes space, use of our screens, emulsion, exposure unit, wash-out booth, tape, etc.
• Please note we do have a 1 hour minimum.
• $35: one time screen prep refresher fee if requested
You are required to bring your own materials to print on, although we do have a limited supply of 20x26 cover weight paper in many colors. Fee is$1/sheet which we can cut to smaller sizes. Call to check (303) 321-7101.
• Ink: $1.25/oz | Jar is weighed before and after to charge accurately. You may bring your own as long as it is water-based – plastisol is not allowed.
We only print out transparencies for open studio printers and screen prep orders.
• 8.5x11=$2 | 11x17=$4 | 13x19=$5
• NEW 18x24=$15
Screen Sizes Available
• 18x20 (approximately 10x12 image)
• 20x24 (approximately 12x16 image)
• 23x31 (approximately 15x23 image)
• 25x36 (approximately 18x24 image)
Screen Prep Fees
Fees include checking file for printability, adding registration marks if needed, printing of transparency, coating screen, exposing screen, washing out screen, and reclaiming after use.
18x20: ideal image size 10x12
$50 Includes New Screen
$25 Bring Your Own Screen*
20x24: ideal image size 12x16
$60 Includes New Screen
$30 Bring Your Own Screen*
23x31: ideal image size 15x23
$75 Includes New Screen
$40 Bring Your Own Screen*
25x36: ideal image size 18x27
$90 Includes New Screen
$50 Bring Your Own Screen*
* Must be free of ink, tape and ready to reclaim – otherwise additional fees may apply.
• Open Studio is not a drop in situation as we often run workshops or events that may take up the entire studio. But we will do our best to accommodate everyones schedule.
• Open Studio is not a a place for you to teach a friend to screen print – the only person printing is the person who has scheduled the time.
• Because we stagger printers by 30 minutes, please be on time so we don't have too much overlap in coating and exposing.
• Last pull at 30 minutes prior to studio closing in order to give you time to clean up, reclaim screens and/or heat set fabric items.
• Your files need to be ready to print to transparencies. If you need help in separating your art, scanning in images, add registration marks, etc. - please ask one of your graphic designer friends to assist. We have templates and more info on our resource page to assist you or the person helping you set up your final files.
• We do not provide test T-shirts, so you will need to bring your own shirts to run tests on. Paper printers you're OK as we have plenty of scrap paper for testing inks.
Entrance & Parking
Our main entrance is located on the west side of the building, accessible through the alley. Alley entrance is located on the south side of Ellsworth, between Fox and Galapago.
Look for the big sign (see above photo).
You can street park and walk down the alley, or we do have a few parking spots available in the back too.
From 8am-5pm, there are 3 spots available. After 5pm and on weekend you can park in any of the spaces. FYI it’s fine to double park behind the Nissan Juke or El Camino.
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