I did a search assuming this was a common problem but either I'm stupid and didn't search for the right terms or I'm stupid and no one's ever had this problem without figuring it out. haha well regardless, this is what went down: (no pictures because I washed it out immediately.)
this is my first time silkscreening, by the way. I exposed it, rinsed it out and I swear the image area looked completely clean! It still does actually. I try printing and in the areas where lines are thin, they're either not showing up at all, or they just don't completely show up. and in the larger areas everything is showing up fine. I did do flood and print strokes. my only explanation for this was either:
1) emulsion didn't wash out completely. because I do remember the thinner areas (happen to be letters, I'm making a small image for a tshirt pocket with the name of a daycare center above a house) were what took the longest to rinse out. so maybe I didn't rinse it out long enough or with enough pressure?
2) what I'm printing with is not thin or thick enough and not going through the screen correctly. I'm using golden acrylic paint and fabric medium, but I really thought it seemed much better than the apple barrel stuff, and it even says on the bottle it's good for silkscreening.
do either of these make sense or can you think of anything else that might have caused it? I am totally ready to reclaim my screen, but I know I need to do SOMETHING differently in order for it to work out right. thanks!
thank you for your input, ladies! let's see. no I do not have a JoAnn's. it's pretty much just walmart here for fabric and patterns although I THINK kmart has them too? there is a hobby lobby about forty miles away that I'll try to visit sometime soon. It's where I got my knitting stuff for xmas in december, but we really don't get out there much. patterns online are probably my best bet. I did however find a really awesome dress pattern at the thrift store I'd like to use but the largest size is 14 and I'm not too sure how to change it. plus it requries zippers, and it'd probably overwhelm me. so I decided to try a reconstruction type thing...
I started a project that might require more skillz than I've got this weekend. I'm taking a shirt my mom said to give away because it shrunk and is too short for her, cutting a little off the bottom(I think this would be referred to as an empire waist), and adding an A-Line/GAthered skirt at the bottom to make a dress. Originally I was trying to accomplish just A-Line because I DONT KNOW HOW TO GATHER! but it ended up being the back skirt half is A-Line and now the front part has to be gathered. It won't look too awful since there's not that much excess fabric to gather. It's just sitting there with the two straight lines sewn through waiting for me to attempt it. the back's put together and the skirt's sewn together already though
anyway, thanks again, and I'll keep you updated. I think this would be a really quick project for someone with more sewing skills than me, though. I've had that happen to me often where the shirt just ends up wide and short after being in the wash, and using it for a high waisted dress is PERFECT.
also, I was thinking about knitting my mom a large waist band for a skirt in garter stitch, because, like you kahluakiggy, she prefers to wear her pants and skirts up above her bump than way below it! have you heard of people doing this?
j_en: I've found nothing of this sort. I mean for texas I'm sure there are things, but I live in deep south texas and the closest big city would be san antonio: 4 hours away, houston is 5, austin is 5. yeah. our freecycle group has posts like once every two months and things like that. we're not very well connected this way. our thrift stores are decent, though!
I'm feeling pretty bad for my mom right now. I've come home with a few lucky thrift store finds that made her happy, but one had a bleach stain she can't wear to work, and yet another is a shirt that fits her now but won't fit her soon (she's five months) but she can't fit into her pants to wear with the shirt anyway!
She's tried the VERY EXPENSIVE (in my opinion, at least) mall stores for work clothes, but most things she says are leaning more towards being hip, and less towards comfort. if there is anything comfortable in her size (20) it's those shirts that say "Got Baby" and other assorted things she can't wear to work. another thing is that we live in deep south texas and it is getting VERY HOT. I showed her I could attempt belly jeans, because BOY are her pants bothering her right now, but she says even if that does work out it's a little too hot, and she would prefer some little dresses for work and shorts for around the house. (skirts with the baggy shirts really DO NOT flatter, make her look like a big poof rather than a curvy woman with a baby in her tummy) I just really can't imagine the discomfort of having to sort through the plus sizes in the thrift store for fabrics/cuts that will allow for a baby to be sticking out, since the maternity section doesn't really carry anything near her size. we've also tried several cheaper stores:mervyn's, target, wal-mart, and k-mart. she also gave lane bryant a call the other day, but they didn't have anything simple/cheap/not too warm yet, since the spring things are barely coming in.
sorry for this rant. two very important things to keep in mind are 1) we are very short on cash right now. we've bought some fabric and it all really adds up considering we don't really know what we're doing 2) and well yeah I basically just stated I'M A NOVICE SEWER. the only thing I've sewn is a wallet, although I would say I sewed it pretty well. but I am MORE THAN WILLING to practice and attempt to make her anything. we've called a seamstress and we're going to ask her to make a couple of things($$$), but here's my question: do you have any tips or tricks or simple little items for comfort around the house, as even nightgowns are no longer comfortable because it's getting hot and we don't have a/c in every room, or even just a jumper for work? I know she can get some of those tshirts but high collars bother her. and yeah she can cut them but the pants are bothering her, too haha. I WILL attempt belly jeans tomorrow though, although definitely not on jeans but on light pants. I'm a little scared of screwing up the fabric /:
BASICALLY, from your experience, what worked best for you, what should I attempt considering my skill level and lack of funds (so lack of oppurtunities for failure)? we don't care about style, only about simplicity and comfort! actually she really prefers simple clothing to what's in style now, but, oh god how I wish I could sew her some of the clothes lucille ball wore in I Love Lucy ):
thank you SO much! letting this out ALONE was a relief. oh and if you want more info: I'm a college student staying home here to help my mom out, she's 42, a hardworking middle school counselor, and pregnant whoo, go mom!
I'm not sure because I don't have an account there, but I hear deviantart.com is a wonderful place to network. and I THINK you can offer prints for sale there, and deviantart takes a little of the sale. I know of someone who just submits files and deviant art sells prints and he picks the prices. but I'm not entirely sure if he had to buy a membership for that. regardless, if you like photography and don't have an account there you should probably make one. if you CAN sell prints as easily as I think you can, then it'd be simple, like advertising yourself. it's already all there for people to look at when they want to see art and if they like it, they might buy it.