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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anyone here tried PhotoEZ? *Update - 1st t-shirt prints on 2nd page* on: February 04, 2007 03:57:56 PM
I used the big free lamp outside  Tongue the sun!

It does have to be sunny but winter sun is fine. If you're using regular paper use cheap stuff, some of the more expensive ones have a coating which blocks the light. I put the pic on the clear perspex sheet, peeled off the protective layer on the photoez (VERY important, I messed up 2 sheets like that...) and put it shiny side down on the photo. Line it up, clip on the back board and check the alignment. Place in the sun for around 5-6 minutes and then place in water for at least 10 mins with a cover on it. You should be able to see your design faintly as a lighter green colour on the stencil when you take it from the exposure frame.

Once it's soaked gently scrub the image from the stencil with your fingers - a brush is too hard on the softened emulsion (guess how I know? Tongue ). Then dry it gently by pressing with a kitchen towel and leave in the sun to dry. I leave mine in the window.

Out of the 7 sheets I started with I have 4 good stencils and a couple of good smaller pieces. As with regular screenprinting there is a learning curve to it.

What I would suggest if you want to use your lamp is measure up your image and see if you can take a small strip off of one edge. Print off a simple design to use as a tester, something like a simple border. Set this up as one long strip and begin exposing it starting at 20 mins. After 20 mins cover up about an inch or 2 with a pice of card or similar. 5 minutes later move the covering piece so it is over the original part plus about the same amount again. Do this every 5 minutes until you reach the end of the strip, then wash out as above. As you would have done it in 5 minute intervals you can then tell how long you need to expose it with your lamp to get a good exposure. The early ones will more than likely wash out, the later ones will likely be over exposed and not wash out at all but somewhere in between will be a good exposure Smiley

Hope this helps!

PS: I'm not on much at the moment as my pc has died and the one I'm using now is a resurrection of an old machine that is barely running!
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anyone here tried PhotoEZ? *Update - 1st t-shirt prints on 2nd page* on: January 22, 2007 06:29:44 AM




Next up will be "Heathenry - you CAN take it with you!" (the stencil's still drying Tongue )
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anyone here tried PhotoEZ? *Update - 1st test pieces on 2nd page* on: January 21, 2007 03:10:31 AM
The ink washed out really easily - I used the Versatex ink from ezscreenprint, it's waterbased so wasn't a problem. I'm going to be doing my first full-size print today so I'll post pics when it's done Smiley
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anyone here tried PhotoEZ? *Update - 1st test pieces on 2nd page* on: January 20, 2007 06:26:11 AM
Did another test piece and standard PhotoEZ can hold a lot more detail than my first peice - this is the same face, higher detail, on navy tee  material

5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anyone here tried PhotoEZ? on: January 19, 2007 03:04:39 AM
Well, my kit is here and I've got a couple of test pieces in porcess right now. I'm doing one basic shape - my heathen peddler - and one halftone face. Good fun Cheesy just have to wait and see what happens now

*edit*
Well they washed out perfectly, the halftone could easily have been higher detail. Here's the pics...




Both of these are only an inch and a half test pieces btw...
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Fear of self promotion on: January 17, 2007 01:48:03 AM
Glad to hear it! Talent like that needs to be seen and encouraged Grin Smiley Kiss
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Fear of self promotion on: January 15, 2007 02:09:57 AM
Edwinna, they are fantastic. How on Earth do you paint so small? I mean, the patterned ones are lovely (2nd from bottom, looks like Lapis Lasuli, my favourite) but that dove!!! (If it's not a dove blame my ornithological ineptness - it's white, non-raptorial and flying=dove Tongue ) It's just unbelievable Smiley Love it.
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Screening leather on: January 13, 2007 12:09:09 PM
Has anyone ever tried to screenprint leather? If so, what paint/ink did you use, or what do you think will work?
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Fear of self promotion on: January 13, 2007 04:15:20 AM
Way to go Edwinna! Smiley I'm sure it's the start of something great for you
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Celtic/Norse Themed Swap - Sign-Ups 8 JAN to 22 JAN, Send-Outs 19 FEB on: January 12, 2007 10:41:01 AM
PM sent - this is one just made for me Cheesy
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