Open Studio is setup for paper or fabric screen printers, using water-based inks, that need a dedicated space and equipment to work on their own projects independently. There are Skill Modules available for additional training, and I am available to give advice on printing issues that may come up. My mission is to make sure you are successful, the equipment is used properly, and the studio is kept in good condition for the benefit of everyone. This is not a drop-in situation and you must have experience.
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Monday-Friday / 10am-5pm: Open Studio is not a drop in situation, please fill out the form to request a time. You may call to check availability, but a form is required to reserve time.
$16/Hour: your own print station, screens, and materials for coating, prepping and reclaiming, including tape, adhesive, etc.
Speedball Ink $1.25/OZ: fabric & paper inks are available, and you may bring your own if water-based. Plastisol inks are not allowed.
Film Fees: 8.5x11=$2, 11x17=$4, 13x19=$5, 18x24=$12, larger available on request
Studio Orientation / Free
This is for individuals that have previous screen printing experience, but have not taken the Intro Workshop. PLEASE NOTE This is not training, just making sure you know where supplies are located, exposure times, etc.
Skill Modules / $50 each
Skill Module fees include 1 hour of studio time each and may be added to cover additional training or as a refreshing if you've taken the Intro Workshop or have experience at other studios.
Screen Prep: covers the necessary steps to expose a screen in order to screen print your image: selecting proper size and mesh count, emulsion & coating, exposing photo emulsion to create stencil, and reclaiming the screen (removing image) upon completion of printing.
Basic Registration: review file and cover the necessary steps to align 1-color screen prints for either paper or fabric.
Advanced Registration: review file and cover the necessary steps to align multiple-color screen prints using for either paper or fabric. Basic Registration or prior experience required.
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.
Files should be submitted at the same time you request an appointment to confirm printability.
You're allowed to bring a helper to assist.
The studio is also kid friendly and it's totally fine to bring your kids in to help with a project.
Image Rights Policy
In order to use Open Studio all screen printers are required to adhere to the Ink Lounge policy.
Please call or email to discuss.
Stuart Alden (303) 321-7101
Once form is submitted I will do my best to confirm within 1 business day.
Included in Hourly Studio Fee
30+ Screens: aluminum screens 18x20 to 25x36 / mesh count from 110-230.
2 Exposure Units: expose screens up to 30x40 with 8 minute exposure.
2 Washout Booths: each have a garden hose for screen prep and pressure washer for reclaiming screens.
Ulano 925 WR EMulsion: diazo-photopolymer emulsion that creates water resistant stencils.
Squeegees: multiple squeegees 60=90 durometer / 8 inch to 20 inch wide.
4 Print Stations: approximately 6-8ft x 3ft bench with rolling carts.
Table Clamps: each station has a set of table clamps for paper.
Drying Racks: various sized drying racks on casters to move about as needed.
4 Fabric Presses: two 1 Color/1 Station and two 4 Color/1 Station.
1 Flash Dryer: mobile heating element to flash between colors.
2 Heat presses: sizes 15x15 and 16x20