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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: HELP! My ink isn't going through the screen all the way! on: September 27, 2009 01:54:11 PM
Also, are you printing on black fabric? A debacle taught me that standard screen ink by itself on black fabric won't cut it. I was supposed to print out t-shirts for a local punk band, red ink on black fabric. The test print turned out great because I had mixed fabric paint with the printing ink. But when it came time to mass produce, it turned out awful because for some reason, the ink just soaks into the fabric and isn't visible on dark fabric. Hope this helped out some. I think if you search, you may find some folks talking about their ratios of ink/paint. I'm about to search for said pages, but if you beat me to it, please share with the rest of us.
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Transparency Question on: August 29, 2006 07:18:22 PM
 Shocked





As she said, clear tape works fine, and also they sell transparencies that are 8 1/2" wide.... not cheap though.
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need some help on: August 29, 2006 07:03:48 PM
If you're going to build a press, you need to be seruious about doing so first and foremost. Secondly, you'll need at least 60+ dollars. warpaint graphics on ebay has a cclamp for fairly cheap, I picked one up for 26, and got him to tie the shipping in with the video I also purchased from him. The video comes with the plans, so you can take them to your local hardware superstore and get them to cut it to the dimensions. Assuming someone in your family already has a drill you can borrow, you'll also need screws.

/\ So far you've not even spent any money on screen, paint, or other junk. This came to about 70 something dollars for me.

I had also bought a speedball kit from a local art superstore and had that lying around.I got the econo one, which gave me the best screenprinting tool ever: the squeegee. In it, I also got three tubs of screen Printing ink: black, red, yellow. Small bit of emulsion and sensitizer.

Just so you know, emulsion is wotrthless without the sensitizer, or at least being pre-sensitized... it's what gives it the light sensitivity.

Save your money on a high power lightbulb, use the sun. less time, don't have to worry about as much sh*t.
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Newbie questions on: July 23, 2006 07:31:45 PM
Hi. I am sorry if I am asking repetetive questions. I saw the very long thread on silk screening and got a bit overwhlemed.

I am a beloved Gocco user. I have two kids now and don't get much time to use it. So I haven't stocked up on supplies and feel like I'm givingup on being able to use it now that Gooco is going down.

But I love doing card making. I usually used Gocco for prose on the inside of cards.

I don't know if silk screening is the answer to the loss of Gocco. I don't know anything about silk screening. I asked a friend and she said it was too toxic.

I don't know what photo emulsion is, or how you make an image onto the screen. ( anything like Gocco???)

anyway- I really want to learn about this process. any info any of you may have would be great.

Thanks so much

Eh, most sdomestic silk-screening isn't that toxic. Your best bet is to get a cheap speedball kit ( around 90 dollars, wait till your art store gives a 50% off coupon, muuuuuuuch better deal) and it includes everything you need: Screen, hinge board, emulsion, emulsion sensitizer, screen filler, and screen reclaimer, as well as inks and instruction booklet ( that's not really clear at all).

Here's a general run down of some of the stuff you'll be using:

The Screen: This is a frame with 110 mesh ( 110 is the hole count, and is key in the detail that shows up on the final product), which basicly acts as a stencil. The only difference is there are no bridges to worry about ( bridges are what keep the inside parts of O's and such in place). The mesh is covered with emulsion, and then you place an image on the emulsion covered screen and expose it to light. This " Burns" a copy of the image into the emulsion which is now " stuck" to the mesh. You then wash out the screen, and the water takes out the emulsion that was covered by the opaque parts of the image and you are left with a stencil. The parts that are washed out is where the ink will go.

Emulsion: After this is mixed with sensitizer, it becomes light sensitive. In this case, that means whatever image you place on top of your emulsion coated screen will be transfered to your screen. The opaque parts of your image will act as shade to your screen when exposed to a light source, allowing it to wash out when it comes time to wash it out.

Sensitizer: The emulsion is not light sensitive until you add this. basicly you add water to this bottle, then mix in with the emulsion.



Now you're probably still asking... How did you make the image ransparent where you needed it to? there's a number of ways, but the easiet is to purchase transparencies made for everyday printers.

More to come....
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Which Emulsion to Buy ? on: July 23, 2006 07:15:38 PM
Mixing the sensitizer with the emulsion is simple. Yopu fill the sensitizer bottle 3/4's of the way up with water, shake well, then mix with the emulsion. then it is sensitized and ready to be exposed on your screen.
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: What type of bulb to expose screen? on: July 14, 2006 01:00:16 PM
i use the sun .. 30 to 45 seconds to expose

Ya know... I thought you were lying. But I decided I'd givea try... I was out for maybe 2 minutes tops, and it totally worked. Which is good, because the bulb I was using broke at the stem. THANK YOU so much, I'd thought about trying it, but I wasn't sure how long it'd take. That was way badical. Rock on.
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Another way of keeping the image down? on: July 14, 2006 10:02:22 AM
I am without glass to keep the mimage down on myy screen, and I was wondering if other methods might work.
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / So 300 watt bulb at about 4-5 feet... any time suggestions? on: July 10, 2006 05:36:45 PM
I've got plenty of emulsion but kinda need this one done TONIGHT. It's a basic 300 watt, and after I read about the burning thing, I was wondering if any one ever used these and how long they burned their screen for... last night I used a frosted 3 way ( at what I assumed was the 150 setting) and had a wash out. This 300 basic isn't frosted but it looks as though the glass has been made to magnify the light.


Any ideas?
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: What Is Screen Printed Applique? on: June 24, 2006 11:41:00 PM
I think it would be something like this

http://www.hottopic.com/store/product.asp?LS=0&ITEM=855906&RN=166

just a piece of fabric with a design printed on it.  Then it gets sewn on or safety pinned on for that punk rock look.

Ow. Hearing " Hot Topic" and " Punk Rock" in the same post makes my brain hurttttt.
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Best place for 20"x24" 110 screens? on: June 24, 2006 11:29:59 PM
That doesn't rape you on shipping prices? silkscreeningsupplies.com charges WAAAAAAAAAY too much for shipping, those tools.
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