Thank you all for your help on my other post, regarding good kits
I was able to direct my dad to the advice posted (in an oh-so-subtle way
) for birthday purposes, and sure enough, I received the Speedball Ultimate Screen-Printing Kit a week ago. I was thrilled to start.
Now I've complete one run with an image I did by hand, using the drawing fluid/screen filler method and acrylic ink. The average result was something like this:
Obviously I need more practice, but I wanted get clear on the best ways to get good coverage and clean detail.
I know I had trouble getting ink over the entire screen in one swipe. How do I know what a good amount of ink is? Is there a good way of knowing consistency? (Like, do you typically find speedball ink to be too dry/just right?) Or is there a trick to using the squeegee? Do I have to have a rubber squeegee? (at the moment, I have the plastic one that came with the kit). Most people posted that its crap, but where is a good place to get a new/better one?
Is the drawing fluid method typically a problem?
Also, the ink on the paper appears a bit... gooey.
I'm completely on my own with learning how to screenprint, so I'm so glad to have you crafters to ask questions!
(I saw there was a related post already, but I decided on posting a new since I had some specific questions and was using a different method)