This introduction private workshop is for those who are serious about learning the craft of screen printing from start-to-finish with the option of learning how to screen print on either fabric or paper using water-based inks. You’ll leave with a solid understanding of the process that you can apply to your own projects and studio. You will need to choose to focus on either paper or fabric. Once you've completed the workshop you are eligible to schedule OPEN STUDIO that currently has limited availability due to the virus. Please visit the STUDIO TOUR to if you are curious on the facility.



Private Lesson Overview

COST $250/Person. DATES Monday-Friday, scheduled as available.
LENGTH OF TIME 10am-3pm.
MAX CLASS SIZE 2, vaccine required AGE 18+ LUNCH Included.

HEALTH & SAFETY I am full vaccinated and also required for all participants.

FROM START TO FINISH Proper screen selection, file requirements, exposing screens, registration, ink systems, printing techniques, troubleshooting, reclaiming screens, and more...

PAPER OR FABRIC For the private lesson you will need to choose either paper or fabric as there is not enough time to teach both processes in one lesson due to the differences in file setup, equipment, printing registration, and printing techniques.

For paper you will print your design as a 2-color print on 8-10 sheets of paper that are provided. Registration and printing will be taught using standard table clamps.

For fabric you will print your design as a 2-color print and taught on a 4-arm manual press.
PLEASE NOTE You are responsible for bringing fabric items, up to 8 items is OK.

ART FILES You are required to submit your art for approval 3-5 days before the workshop. More information below on specifications and uploading files.

INSTRUCTOR Taught by Stuart Alden, owner of Ink Lounge and a graphic designer, who professionally screen prints gig posters and art prints for local and national clients. He's also done plenty of fabric printing and will share his insights throughout the workshop.

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CANCELLATION POLICY > There are no refunds, but you may reschedule one time or gift to a friend. There are no refunds for not showing up.


PLEASE REVIEW ALL SPECIFICATIONS BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR FILE. The following guidelines are meant to assist you in having a good experience. Some of the information may make you scratch your head, but once you take the workshop all the info below will be much more clear. If you need assistance please call (303) 321-7101 or email

File Due 3-5 Days Prior to Workshop

This enables me to confirm printability. You also have the option of using an image I have here that is good for learning the process.

PLEASE NOTE You are required to send a file or use a provided image as we do not create art on site. If you do not submit a file you will be required to use the Ink Lounge file.

IMAGE RIGHTS You are not allowed to take another artists image (photo, illustration, design, painting, etc.) and make a screen print from it unless you have the permission from the original artist. Examples include logos from your favorite sports teams, illustrations you find on Etsy, photos from the Internet, etc. We prefer to start people out with a fairly good understanding of image usage and hope you don’t feel discouraged by all the legal stuff below.

File Requirements

ART SIZE all workshop images have a maximum size of approximately 10x13 inches, unless otherwise confirmed prior to workshop.

ART AS A POSITIVE Whatever is black will be the ink color and will be used to expose the stencil for printing. Please do not reverse, invert, mirror, etc. the image. The black image will be what you print, although you can pick any color to print with.

FILE COLOR File submitted must be solid black with no percentage of black as that will effect the exposure process. Full color illustrations or photos are not suitable for an intro workshop.

FILE DPI (DOTS PER INCH) Images must be sent at 100% size you want to print. Files should be a minimum of 150dpi, for best results 300dpi.

LAYERS Set file up in 2 layers, with each color on it's own layer.

FILE FORMATS PDF, AI, PSD may be acceptable but I will also confirm once received.

FILE PREP FOR PAPER If you're familiar with Photoshop or Illustrator I do have a page that goes over trapping files for paper.

Design Tips

LINE WIDTH Please keep your lines 1pt and larger, especially for fabric printing. If drawing by hand, a normal ink pen line is too thin, but 2-3 thicknesses and you'll be fine. In Photoshop, at 300dpi and 100% size, a line that is 5 pixels is about 1pt.

SOLIDS For beginning printers I recommend not using large solid areas. Large text, patterns, and thick line illustrations all work great.

FONTS If you are designing in Adobe Illustrator and have text in your file, please convert all fonts to shapes. If working in a text program, Microsoft Word or Adobe InDesign, please send file as a PDF. Adobe Photoshop, send as a rasterized jpg.

Paper or Fabric

Don't forget to select either paper or fabric for the workshop as the screen mesh and printing is slightly different. You will print your image as either 6 fabric prints, 1-side (fabric not included), or 8 - 10x13 paper prints (paper is included and you'll print on 4-8 different colors). Fabric registration and printing will be taught on a 4-arm fabric press, paper registration and printing will taught using table clamps.

PLEASE NOTE For fabric printing, please make sure T-shirts are flat for the printing area–no zippers, pockets, textured items as you will get unexpected results. Various sizes is OK within an age group (all adult, all youth, etc.) and a reminder that you will only be printing on 1 side.

Quick Bits

I have aprons for you to wear, but don't wear your fancy pants. Comfy shoes are also good as we're standing for most of the workshop. For lunch we will order sandwiches from an online menu. Please make sure you are here and ready to go by start time.

Entrance & Parking

Main entrance is located on the WEST SIDE OF THE BUILDING, accessible through the alley.

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CANCELLATION POLICY > There are no refunds, but you may reschedule one time or gift to a friend. There are no refunds for not showing up.



(303) 321-7101