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« on: June 17, 2012 06:56:42 PM »

My boyfriend is getting his MFA in printmaking, so for a dino swap, I decided I was going to learn how to screen print. We used a baby oil transfer, but the screen was really wonky and some of the image dissolved/didn't transfer properly, but I think it turned out ok, especially since it was my first try.

We printed on the t-shirt a few times because it hid the mistakes better than just the singular dino.

The bag turned out much better, but I painted the blue, just to give it a little more of a pop.

I really enjoyed printing and hopefully next time my screen won't be so stubborn!

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« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2012 07:46:00 PM »

haha! that's awesome! T-rex and his tiny little arms! I love it!
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« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2012 08:54:01 PM »

Very cute! I totally need one of those, I have a hoop a friend makes me that says "knitting gives me anger" lol! Poor t-rex, I feel his pain.

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« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2012 01:16:08 AM »

your printing is great!
you need to submit that design to Urban Threads so they can digitize it and I can machine embroider it lol.
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2012 04:19:30 AM »

your printing is great!
you need to submit that design to Urban Threads so they can digitize it and I can machine embroider it lol.

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« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2012 08:47:59 PM »

I love it! it's so cute! I keep meaning to try screen printing.

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« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2012 11:18:06 AM »

great image, and great job printing it.

Can you explain baby oil transfer, I've never heard of it before.

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« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2012 04:51:45 PM »

great image, and great job printing it.

Can you explain baby oil transfer, I've never heard of it before.

This is the handout my boyfriend (Kyle) wrote up for his class and is the process that we used.

Baby Oil Silkscreen Burnout
By: Kyle Darnell

Required Materials:
Prepared screen
printed image on paper
baby oil
foam brush.

The goal of this process is to use baby oil to make the paper transparent. When the transparent areas are burned onto the screen it will act as a transparency and the image will burn like you are used to.

1: Coat both sides of your silkscreen with photo emulsion. Place in silkscreen drying box. Turn on he machine and the screen will be ready in about an hour.
Be sure to apply very thin coats as the addition of a layer on the other side can be too thick. But it needs to be both sides to make sure the longer exposure time does not blow out your screen.

2: Prepare your image as you normally would for transferring to Silkscreen and print it out onto cheap copy paper. Cut off the excess.
The beauty of this process is that you can print out images bigger than 8 x 11 and you will not need to mosaic transparencies together. When you mosaic, little lines from where the transparencies meet will cause undesirable results. I print out my images at CopyNet. Its about $1.25 for an 11x15 so you will not break the bank.

3: Turn on exposure unit and set the time to 2 minutes 45 seconds.
Make sure to turn on the machine 10 to 15 minutes before you wish to burn your image so its properly warmed up. Follow the instructions posted to change the time settings.

4: Coat paper in baby oil using a foam brush.
Lay down news print underneath your paper to reduce the mess on the table. Be sure to coat both sides. Hold up it up the light to make sure its transparent enough.

5: Turn off lights and take your screen out of the box. Place your baby oiled image onto the silkscreen as you normally would. Then place Mylar on top of this. Place into the light box and expose. Once done wash out the image and let air dry.
The Mylar is there so you dont get baby oil all over the inside of the light box and ruin my day. Be a little careful when rinsing out your image after exposing as it will be a little brittle at first and some of the image can be rinsed out which would not be desirable. When it is drying the image will harden more. To clean up excess baby oil, warm water and soap will work fine.

6: Print using the process you are accustomed to, itll do just fine.

I hope that this helped and wasn't too confusing!

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