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Silk Screening.

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by non-hetero, Jul 16, 2003.

  1. non-hetero

    non-hetero Member

    Joined: Jun 20, 2002 Messages: 685 Likes Received: 14
    Anyone have any knowledge to drop on this subject?
  2. SteveAustin

    SteveAustin Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 12, 2002 Messages: 7,042 Likes Received: 2
    what do you want to know?
  3. non-hetero

    non-hetero Member

    Joined: Jun 20, 2002 Messages: 685 Likes Received: 14
    How much does it cost for equipment to get started.
  4. SteveAustin

    SteveAustin Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 12, 2002 Messages: 7,042 Likes Received: 2
  5. seeking

    seeking Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: May 25, 2000 Messages: 32,278 Likes Received: 239
    i really want to get into this. i've kind of been looking, on and off, for a spot someplace near me where i can work/apprentice, but i havent taken it too seriously.
    i love paper. paper is great.
  6. spec

    spec Guest

    silk screening is just pulling ink over stencils. you can go with paper stencils or emultion stencils. With photo emultion you don't have to worry about cutting islands in your stencils etc it's just transfering of an image you made or copied. It'd take a while to explain, and i'm not up for typing too much now. I like to cut paper stencils it's probably the easiest way if you don't have money for all those expensive chemicals or access to a dark room and exposure table... which you kinda need or would be of great help if you planned to use emultion. you can also make mono prints with silk screens, which is where you draw and paint with water based mediums on the screen and pull transparent base over the painted screen to transfer the image. It all varies depending on what your doing and what techniques you use. If you wanna make shirts you're gunna have to use emultion because paper stencils under a silk screen tend to die after one pull. I would just get a screen, some silk screening ink, a squeege and fuck around on paper making your own stencils.
  7. Rashomonster

    Rashomonster New Jack

    Joined: Jul 12, 2003 Messages: 51 Likes Received: 1
    screen printing made easy...

    skip all of the pre-made kits and get to work on building your own set up. start by building your own screens (if you've ever pulled a canvas, it's essentially the same thing). check the phone book for a supplier who stocks screen mesh (it's no longer called silk screening anymore...silk fabric was dropped ages ago for a poly-fiber mesh). get to work building different size screens. you want a good sized one (3'x4') a medium (2.5'x3') and maybe a smaller if you feel it's neccessary. next, you want to get to work on building a vaccuum table. sounds complex? it isn't. you basically need to build a box about a 1/2' bigger on all sides than your largest screen (for room). screw some hinged clamps (that way you can raise the screen while maintaining it's original position) on both of the ends to have the ability to produce either horizontal or vertical prints. reinforce the box on the inside so a piece of pre-drilled masonite (you know, the type you see in somebody's workshop with tools hanging off of it...) will lie sturdy on top. cut a circular hole out of the side, slip in a small shop vac's hose and voila, you've got a table that will save your ass hours of frustration. yeah, i know this is really simplified but i'm just writing to demystify any complexity whatsoever with screenprinting. any questions, let me know.

    oh yeah, and stick with water based inks. unless you've got an overhead hood and a well ventilated room, working with oils is a slow death. if you wonder why so many artists in the 60s were so loopy, it wasn't the drugs....
  8. Born Loser

    Born Loser New Jack

    Joined: Sep 14, 2001 Messages: 63 Likes Received: 0
  9. One_in_Ten

    One_in_Ten New Jack

    Joined: Mar 11, 2002 Messages: 2 Likes Received: 0
    most def you should go out today and drop some
    doe for a big fancy set up. You can decide while
    you pay it off whether you like it or not. If not
    they make great cluter when not used or stored