January 5th, 2017




Heavy Gel will be hosting regular into to screen printing workshops this winter,

Sundays 12-3 PM, 

Wednesday 6-9 PM

In our introduction to screen printing workshops, students can use their own designs to burn and print a screen. Designs must be black and white, but can be hand drawn or computer printed.

We will provide a screen, emulsion, ink, and paper. If we wish to use specific colors or would like to print on other materials (t shirts, totes, canvas, wood, etc…) please feel free to bring stuff!

Classes sizes range from 1-6 people per session. 

The studio is also available to work on special projects M-F 11-7 PM by appointment.

E-mail info@heavygel.com to book.









October 6th, 2016




Many workshop requests lately- heres our fall schedule!



In this class students will learn to prepare and burn a screen using photo emulsion with a black and white design of their choosing.

Then we’ll print it in color(s)!

Topics covered:
-Using Photo Emulsion
-Prepping screens
-Calculating proper exposure
-Color registration
-Choosing inks
-Printing techniques
-Drying solutions
-Reusing screens




Intro class to repeating patterns on fabric or rolled paper.

Students will each burn a design of their choosing onto a screen and learn to print it in repeating formations onto fabric. Students can trade designs and layer each others on their piece. Each student will be provided with two yards of white fabric but are encouraged to bring an assortment of their own!



August 25th, 2016

Mobile Screen Printing Lab: Sun Exposures


After a few months of hiatus, the community print shop will be reopening with a series of NEW WORKSHOPS!

In this first one- Mobile Screen Printing Lab: Sun Exposures-

Learn how to prepare, burn and print silkscreens using the sun!

We will be using readily available, common tools, that you could use in your home, studio, or while traveling!

Topics covered:

-Using Photo Emulsion
-Calculating exposure times
-Mobile Water solutions
-Mobile Printing setups
-DIY multi color registration
-DIY Drying

Wear sunscreen, we will be out in the sun a lot.




February 26th, 2016




Over the past few months of hosting screen printing workshops, the majority of our students have never screen printed a day in their life.  So this month we’re offering an even more introductory class which gives a wider overview of screen printing options and DIY tutorial methods that can easily be replicated at home! All materials are included for this class but students wishing to print on special items like t shirts, tote bags, or wood, should bring them!




We’re still offering the photo emulsion screen printing class every other Wednesday evening. This is for students who are a bit familiar with screen printing setups and techniques and looking to achieve greater detail or screen print from photos or computer text.




(Also for fun, I’m offering some knitting workshops, over on Verlocal.)


February 27th, 2015



Intro To Photo Emulsion Screen Printing

Wednesday, Jan 20th, 2016

Intro To Photo Emulsion Screen Printing

Photo emulsion is a thick liquid substance that hardens when it is exposed to light. In this class we’ll be using stencils either made by hand from cardboard, or film transparacies to block out parts of our screen while exposing. The parts that are black or opaque will not get exposed and they will wash out, so ink can be passed through the screen and onto another surface (paper, fabric, ect!)

Heavy Gel is open to other print makers to use on an appointment basis, or monthly membership.

This introductory class serves as an orientation to our studio, so you can learn how to print, and are then welcome to come back and use the studio to work on more projects!


  • how to prep images for silk screens
  • about mesh counts for printing on various materials and details
  • coating and burning screens with photo emulsion
  • printing techniques
  • registering multiple colors
  • reclaiming and reusing screens

The studio will provide all the tools and equipment needed to print. Students will need to bring whatever materials they’d like to print on (paper, t shirts, wood, fabric, etc..)

Students will also get to choose the image they’d like to print! These can be photos, drawings, or paper cutouts. Images should be black and white or greyscale. Paper cutouts can be on any color, but must be at least as thick as cardstock (not see thorugh when you hold it up to the light) Please e-mail images to info@heavygel.com prior to the class.

We will go over how to prep your images for silkscreening. Computer literacy is not required!

Wear clothes that can get inky ;D

Group discounts and special appointments available!








Mobile Screen Printing Lab: Sun Exposures

Sat, Jan 30th, 2016
This class is very similar to our introduction to screen printing class, but it focuses more on how to set up your own DIY studio or even a mobile screen printing space.

We will be using readily available, common tools, that you could use in your home or your own studio.

Topics covered:

-Calculating exposure times
-Mobile Water solutions
-Mobile Printing setups
-DIY multi color registration
-DIY curing methods

Wear sunscreen, we will be out in the sun a lot.




January 28th, 2015

Circuit bending with XSE&E

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Feb 8th 1-4pm

This is a one day tutorial on circuit bending toys, noise makers, and effects pedals. This is in no way hard science and previous knowledge about electronics, music, or annoying your roommates is NOT required! It’s very simple and experimental.

Students should each bring in one or two functioning BATTERY POWERED electronic toys, keyboards, effect pedals, or noisemakers. Simple is good here. The older the better, try to bring in something from the 80’s or 90’s. Newer electronics tend to use nano chips which are not impossible to bend but much much harder and easier to break. Do not bring in anything too precious, start small, circuit bending is an experimental procedure, save the gems for when you know more about what you’re doing.

We will open up these objects and change their lives and our own forever.

Students only need to bring in their toys and a pair of headphones but IF you’ve got them or foresee doing more of this after class, bring your:

  • soldering iron
  • wire clippers/ strippers
  • needle nose pliers
  • batteries
  • resistors, potentiometers
  • audio jacks
  • switches or buttons

$50, materials included


January 25th, 2015

Intro to Photo Emulsion Screen Printing

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Intro to photo emulsion screen printing

Feb 1st 1-4pm

This is a one day class run by Heavy Gel print shop and located at Limited Ink Studios. The class will cover the basics of screen printing with photo emulsion.

In this technique, a silkscreen is coated with a light sensitive emulsion and then exposed under a high intensity light with an opaque image or black film.

Students will learn about

  • prepping images for silk screens
  • mesh counts for printing on various materials and details
  • coating and burning screens
  • printing

Students should bring a silkscreen of any size, silkscreen ink or acrylic paint, (available at Blick, Blue Rooster, Baller Art, Artists and Craftsman) and whatever they’d like to print on: fabric, wood, paper, etc.

 Images must be in black and white to print (no greyscale).* Half tones are also acceptable.

Prior to class e-mail high quality images in the size you want them to print to info@heavygel.com. PDF, Photoshop or Illustrator file preferred. Students may also cut stencils by hand*

*the black or opaque otherwise known as “positive” parts of the image are what will be exposed and washed out to be printed. If all this image prep info is completely new or you have questions, e-mailinfo@heavygel.com and I’ll help you out. :D

$80, all materials included (incl. silkscreen, which you can take home with you)