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....