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11  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / newsprint paper mache costume on: November 02, 2006 03:42:18 PM


start with an old tshirt and some duct tape. I used a method for making a custom dressform. I wrapped duct tape around my torso, on top of the tshirt, for the bodice. my boyfriend helped me wrap the tape and also cut the finished "mold" off. he cut straight up the middle of the back. then I put the mold on my dress form, and sewed it back together. I applied paper mache (strips of newspaper held together with flour and water) over the duct tape. after a couple of days and thourough drying (it's humid here, it takes forever)

 I finished the surface folded strips of newspaper applied vertically with a glue and water wash. after I finished, I applied a sparkly water color wash to make it pretty. once dried, I used a seamripper and scissors to remove the stitching that held the corset in place on the dressform. then I put in the rivets and lacing. for the skirt, I folded the remainder of my newspaper and scrunched up the edges for volume.




12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / paper mache newspaper dress on: November 02, 2006 03:37:10 PM


start with an old tshirt and some duct tape. I used a method for making a custom dressform. I wrapped duct tape around my torso, on top of the tshirt, for the bodice. my boyfriend helped me wrap the tape and also cut the finished "mold" off. he cut straight up the middle of the back. then I put the mold on my dress form, and sewed it back together. I applied paper mache (strips of newspaper held together with flour and water) over the duct tape. after a couple of days and thourough drying (it's humid here, it takes forever)

 I finished the surface folded strips of newspaper applied vertically with a glue and water wash. after I finished, I applied a sparkly water color wash to make it pretty. then I put in the rivets and lacing. for the skirt, I folded the remainder of my newspaper and scrunched up the edges for volume.




13  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Re: bamboo, heart and bush on: May 16, 2005 07:03:13 PM
how long did you expose?
thanks! Cheesy

oh, I can't believe I forgot that! 60 minutes. normally I do about 45, but I forgot about the screen.
14  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Re: my face on: May 02, 2005 08:38:04 PM
that's adorable. it's like a perfect cross between cyndi lauper and audrey hepburn
15  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: What you need to know to screen print (General Info. and Tutorial) on: May 02, 2005 08:35:11 PM
I'm a little curious on your steps III and IV:

I'm trying to picture this printing 1/8" above your paper or fabric and I can't even begin to comprehend how you do it. I've not gone to school for this, but I've been screen printing for three years and have always just help the screen down with one hand and one foot and printed with my free hand.

as far as any water based inks (which I'm guessing most of the people on here use) all you ahve to do is spray it out with a hose. you may have to rub off some paint with your fingers, but I would never scrub the screen. scrubbing can cause the emulsion to lift.
16  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Stains on my screen and good inks for dark fabric on: May 01, 2005 11:54:10 AM
a lot of inks will stain the screen. it's normal, don't worry about it. as long as when you look thru it, you can see light and no blockage, it's fine.

be careful washing the screen with a brush, when it's wet, you might start lifting delicate parts of the emulsion. if you can wash it outside, rinse it with a forceful blast with your garden hose with cold water.

neopaque ink made by jacquard works great on dark fabrics. it comes in little 2 ounce jars. it's water based and safe with the diazo emulsion in the speedball kit.
17  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: stubborn residue in screen - what's the next step? on: May 01, 2005 11:50:33 AM
I've never seen that! that is super cool if it works!
18  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Re: bamboo, heart and bush on: May 01, 2005 11:12:48 AM
OK, I'm jumping on the bandwagon. . .  How much would you want to be paid to screen a shirt with that beautiful bamboo?  I am very interested in having this done!  Let me know!

thanks!
I will message you with info!
19  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: reflector vs. exposure time vs. distance on: April 30, 2005 06:33:26 PM
using diazo photo emulsion, I expose my 12x16 screen for 60 minutes @ 1.5' with a 120 watt flood lamp in a flood base/reflector.

my last screen was exposed for 75 minutes on accident and still came out great. I'm guessing if you started around the same time as mine with your set up, you would be fine.

you need to move the lamp higher and increase time accordingly for larger screens.

also, be sure to put the screen on top of black fabric so the light doesn't bounce on the backside.

and put glass over your transparency to keep it flat:)
20  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is it possible to screenprint on wifebeaters? on: April 30, 2005 06:28:36 PM
another consideration is whether you are using heavy handed or soft handed ink. heavy hand means you can feel and see the ink on top of the fabric where soft hand actually sinks into and dyes the fabric and is very flexible and you cannot feel it.

generaly speaking, white and black *and pastels/tints* are heavy handed and most colors *saturated pigments*, unless specifically for printing on dark colors, are soft handed.

if you are using soft handed inks on white or lightly colored fabric, you might want to experiment a little bit, perhaps press a bit firmer to get the ink to saturate thru the ribbing.

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