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Topic: drawing fluid method=oh nooooooo!!!!!  (Read 1859 times)
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« on: September 20, 2004 08:49:25 AM »

I've been attempting to do silkscreening using my speedball kit. I've been using the drawing fluid method, and am having no luck. Whenever I apply the screen filler over the drawing fluid, the drawing fluid just disolves. And all of my hard work goes down the drain, literally, as I then have to wash everything out of the screen. It is really driving me crazy. This happens even after letting the drawing fluid dry for days.

Does anyone have any tips for me? I'm thinking of maybe spraying the screen filler onto the screen, using a pump spray bottle? Maybe this will be better than using the sqeegee (sp?). As it will be less agitation to the drawing fluid?


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« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2004 09:01:58 AM »

I would skip the drawing fluid and just use the screen filler.  Lightly draw your design on the screen withy a pencil that's not too sharp (make sure the pressure is really light so that you don't puncture the screen)  Then use the screen filler with a paint brush and fill in the negative space.  The screen filler needs to be stirred really well because it tends to settle in the bottom.  I do not recommend putting it in a spray bottle.....you will have a mess and waste a lot of product.  If you are doing many pulls...you might need to touch up the screen filler...it tends to get pinholes.
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2004 10:58:38 AM »

i think your problem may be that you're overapplying the screen filler (SF). you should limit it to one pass over the drawing fluid (DF) with the filler, so that the DF doesn't dissolve. another problem may be that you're using too thin a layer of DF. so, practice getting one good layer of SF over the DF without having to go over it again and don't use too thin a layer of DF. here's a tip: it's important to only have one layer of SF in the areas where your image is. so you can just get that covered with your one pass and then if there are a lot of uncovered areas left in the sides (without DF in them), use a small piece of stiff cardboard or something similar to spread the excess SF on the screen towards the edges to fill it in. did that all make sense? i guess overall what's important is a lot of practice and trial and error.
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