Course Title: Prepare stencils and screens for textile printing

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: MANU5922C

Course Title: Prepare stencils and screens for textile printing

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5213 - Diploma of Textile Design and Development

Course Contact : Julia Raath

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 992599201

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Lucy Adam

Nominal Hours: 60

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

This course is delivered as part of a teaching cluster. Students must ensure they are concurrently enrolled in MANU 5921C Produce Screen Printed Textiles

Course Description

This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to prepare stencils and screens for textile printing.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTTD4013A Prepare stencils and screens for textile printing


1 Interpret stencil requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Design specifications are analysed and discussed with appropriate personnel to confirm stencil requirements.
1.2 Desired effects of screen printing are identified and appropriate conversion technique selected to achieve required design outcome
1.3 Workstations, tools and equipment are set up according to specifications for work and OH&S practices
1.4 Layouts are accurately prepared and labeled
1.5 Media is selected to prepare stencils
1.6 Stencils are completed and checked against design


2 Prepare Screens

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Screen types and mesh are selected for appropriate substrates
2.2 Screens are prepared for stencil process and checked against quality standards
2.3 Stencil masters are exposed according to industry specifications
2.4 Screen images are developed, dried and finished


3 Test screens and stencil quality

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Strike off is printed and checked against design specifications to ensure quality standards are met
3.2 Screen and stencil faults are identified and causes determined
3.3 Modifications to screens are applied using appropriate techniques, processes and materials
3.4 Screens are completed and prepared for production process
3.5 Outcomes are examined and checked against specifications with
appropriate personnel

Learning Outcomes

Completion of this course will  enable students to demonstrate skills and knowledge to:
• analyse design specifications and interpret production requirements
• identify and address faults
• determine requirements of design and conversion to print
• make minor adjustments to equipment
• use printing techniques to achieve design effects
• recognise and apply stencil application for image use, design and printing techniques
• evaluate own work and conduct quality checks

Details of Learning Activities

This course is delivered in a studio / workshop that simulates industry working environment

A range of learning activities, projects  and tasks have been designed to allow students to demonstrate competency.

Please note - not all learning activities are assessment tasks, participants will be advised well in advance if an assessment is taking place.

Please ensure you check your weekly schedule for assessment  dates.

Teaching Schedule


Session  (there are 2 sessions a day Morning and afternoon)Learning activities                                                                                                                                                                                                                Assessment Tasks                                                                                                       
 1. Overview of unit. Assessment, Learning activities, technical file, studio Practice and tour of facilities.
OHS Induction
What is Screen Printing, what are stencils and screens. Examples of different print types, meterage, placement, substrates, print pastes. Tools and Equipment look at different kinds of screens, frames, mesh. Selection Criteria - warped, holes, blockages, metal, aluminium, wood, size
 2 Overview of paper cut stencils. Prepare a paper stencil 
 3 Screen and squeegee selection. Ink wells. Preparing work space, fabric, staples, print table. 

 Printing cut stencils.
Finishing, drying, evaluate and conduct quality check.

Print paste media - what is it, how is mixed, chemical structure, properties, using pigment media

5Printing cut stencils.
Finishing, drying, evaluate and conduct quality check. Print paste media - what is it how is mixed, chemical structure, properties, using pigment media
 Process Documentation Worksheet and 6 samples in technical file
Studio Practice Checklist
 6 Pack up workstation, clean studio, correct storage,OH&S, complete PDW worksheet and complete technical file 
 7 Print paste media - what is it, how is mixed, chemical structure, properties, using pigment media
Mixing colours using pigment concentrates. Selecting appropriate screens and squeegees and using correctly.
 8 Tonal colour mixing exercise Curing printed samples and testing for wash fastness. Discussion about substrates and appropriate fibres for printing with pigments
Heat setting and testing samples from tonal colour mixing exercise
Intro to 3 colour stencils.
Screen and Squeegee selection
Testing 3 colour stencil - registration, workstation, stops, rail use, fabric(white and coloured ground).
 Process Documentation Worksheet and samples from colour mixing exercise in technical file
 9What is a placement print?
Examining and analysing Samples
Overview of 3 colour stencil. Why use?
Design from assist in textile development. - analyse stencil requirements Determine colour separations, mark registration crosses, cut stencils
 10 Colour mixing and testing including overlaps on both coloured and white cotton 
 11 Testing 3 colour stencil - registration, workstation, stops, rail use, fabric(white and coloured ground). 3 colour film cut stencil – 40%
Process Documentation Worksheet and samples in technical file

Studio Practice Checklist
 12 Overview of photographic stencils, what is a photo stencil?
What is appropriate media, how can media effect design and exposure. Creating photographic stencils
Development of a floral motif. Generate motif multiple times using various textural techniques with appropriate media
Preparing Screens - reclaiming, coating, selecting appropriate screen, mesh, tension, look for blockages, ghosting/haze.
Demonstration and group task practice reclaiming screens
What is emulsion? Use, storage, technical information
Practice coating screens. Continue motif development - ready for exposure following session
 Process Documentation Worksheet and samples in technical file
Studio Practice Checklist

Observational assessment
 13 Coat prepared screens with emulsion - drying time required
Expose screens, times, operate equipment, wash out, possible problems that can occur
Workstation set up, strike off, testing textured samples. Use printing techniques to achieve design effects
 Prepare photographic stencils and screens – 30%
Process Documentation Worksheet and samples in technical file
Studio Practice Checklist                                           
 14 Specialist inks and foil, samples, heat setting, care requirements, printing on dark grounds, using the heat press.
Testing opaques and speciality binders with photographic stencils
 15 Quiz on preparation for photographic stencils and screen preparation. Difference between blocked mesh and haze. Identifying problems and making improvements Quiz – 30%
 16 Final housekeeping, finalise all printing, reclaim screens, correct storage,complete PD worksheet, compilation of technical file. 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

McNamara,Andrea and Snelling,Patrick (1995)
Design and Practice for Printed Textiles
Oxford University Press Melbourne, Australia

Joyce,Carol (1993)
Textile Design
Watson Guptill Publications
New York, USA

Phillips,Peter and Bruce,Gillian (1993)
Repeat Patterns
Thames and Hudson Ltd

Fisher,Richard and Wolfthal,Dorothy (1987)
Textile Print Design
Fairchild Publications

Adam, Robert and Robertson, Carol (2003)
Screen Printing the complete water based system
Thames and Hudson Inc., 500Fifth Avenue,
New York, New York 10110


Other Resources

Many materials used in this course will be covered by a materials fee and will be provided in studio sessions for example- fabric, paper, pigment, binder, photographic emulsion, film etc.

Your are required to provide the following tools and equipment.

• 30 cm steel ruler
• Set square
• Sharp scissors
• Glue stick
• Cutting knife with replaceable blades
• Pacer
• Fine liners
• A3 size visual diary
• Brushes – round 00, 1, 3, 6, 10
• Chinagraph pencil
• Black permanent marker
• 1 pair of household rubber gloves ( from supermarket)

Overview of Assessment

To achieve successful completion of this course students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of Competency.
Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks. Technical requirements documentation, homework and in class exercises, written tests, practical problem solving exercises and practical tests. Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including:

Group task
Completion of learning activities
Process Documentation worksheets
OHS Questionnaire
Studio Practice Checklists
Trouble shooting quiz  and observatioanal checklist

Assessment Tasks

Graded Assessment Tasks:

3 colour stencil 40%
Prepare photographic stencils and screens 30%
Prepare stencils and screens quiz 30%

Detailed Assessment requirements will be provided in class with each assessment task.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Prepare stencils and screens is the first screen print unit undertaken in the Diploma of Textile Design and Development. This unit is studio based, incorporating some theory and many practical exercises. The exercises will enable participants to gain a sound understanding of basic processes and techniques associated with preparing and testing stencils and screens.

The course will be offered in intensive mode over an 8 week period during the semester. This intensive mode of learning allows for longer periods of studio access which simulates an industry workplace. Please read the timetable as sessions rather than weeks - one session in the morning the other in the afternoon.
Due to the session scheduling and access to facilities it is strongly recommended that students attend every session.


 You are required to wear flat fully covered shoes, a lab coat or overalls when working in the print workshop. You will also be required to use  masks, goggles and ear protection when undertaking certain tasks. You will undertake an OHS induction in the first week.

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