Wassaic Silk Screen Studio

The silkscreen studio is a communal working space located in the Luther Barn, alongside our summer studios. The silkscreen shop is open to residents during the months of May through October. During these months residents have 24 hour access to the shop. Our Print Fellow will hold a mandatory shop orientation at the beginning of your residency, and is available throughout your stay for print-related questions.

PRINT ASSISTANCE: If you would like our Print Fellow to assist you with a silkscreening project, you must schedule an appointment at the Fellow’s convenience.

WHAT WE HAVE
-Spray booth room with power washer
-UV exposure box (max screen 42” x 54”)
-Photo emulsion (Ulano LX 660)
-Franmar Strip-E-Doo Soy Screen Reclaimer
-Large drying rack (36” x 48”)
-Table with hinges
-Scoop coaters, squeegees, spatulas
-Flat file drawer for the duration of your residency (assigned during shop orientation)
-Community screens available on first come, first serve basis. (largest outer dimension is 48” x 36″)
-Newsprint

WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING
-Packing tape
-Paper
-Masking / Scotch tape
-Contact paper
-Sharpie marker
-Pencil
-Water-based ink (no plastisol/oil-based inks)
-Ink retarder
-Transparent base
-Containers for mixing ink
-Screens (Communal screens are available)
-Clear acetate for registration
-Portfolio/Cardboard for transporting prints
-Anything else you normally need to make prints
-Plus… Water Bottle / Headlamp / Bugspray are helpful
-Warm clothes—it gets cold at night during May and October, so be prepared for it!

 

SUPPLY RESOURCES

INK

- We have an extensive donated and scrap ink pile in the Shop for communal use, but you may want to bring your own.  Ink can also be purchased and mailed before your arrival.

Permaset – Versatile–great for paper and textiles. Warehouse is in NJ so next day ground shipping is possible.
Dick Blick brand is good. Speedball can dry out in the screen during hotter summer months (retarder is encouraged).

WHERE TO BUY SCREENS
Victory Factory – Order over the phone. Super helpful. Located in Queens near JFK so next day ground is possible.

GoldUpUSA – Order Online. Good quality. Can be cheaper than Victory Factory.

PAPER
We recommend archival cotton rag paper such as Arches 88, Frenches or Rives BFK. Please note: it tends to get very humid in the barn in the summer, which will affect your paper.
Dick Blick – Kinda risky… paper arrives damaged at times.
Daniel Smith – They pack it well.
Mr. French – Great for posters, cards, etc.