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Topic: Using a paper 'stencil' in a silkscreen-old school!  (Read 1397 times)
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« on: April 17, 2008 08:47:19 AM »

I have read interesting tutes here about using photo emulsion, but when I did screen printing (a million years ago) we cut out the image using thin paper. flooded the screen and then laid it on the paper, the paper bonded to the screen and you could print as many images as you liked, but only in one run (so to speak) as the paper mask couldnt be saved,

I tried this the other day and it made an awful mess, the paper just wouldnt stick to the screen, lots of black ink....everywhere!

Any idea what I am doing wrong.

I used a home made screen with a fine mesh, not 'real' silk screen farbic
I flooded the screen with ink first (should I have done this with the paper in place)
I started with a dry screen (should it have been wet?)

most of the tutes I am finding online and here are using a photographic process which I hope I'll eventually get too, but I am more interested now in small runs of prints, so paper would be fine (if I could get it to work!!)

BTW I am printing with proper inks onto fabric.

« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2008 09:10:42 PM »

This is the method I use and it works well.

I don't flood the screen before attaching paper though. I use tape to attach the paper to my screen (although it isn't always necessary as the ink often holds it in place) and then place the screen onto my fabric and print that way.

Here is a pic of my screen, stencil and squeegee:


and this is a screen inked up

and another during the process

I would still have a play around with it as it takes a few tries to get it good.  I also use a catridge paper, so thicker than normal printer paper, but not too thick.

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« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2008 11:12:38 AM »

annalaura thanks for that, I finally have some proper screen fabric an a screen made, just havent had the time to actually screen anything! Life has been hectic, but I will try cartridge paper, I like the quality you are getting


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