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Low Budget Screen Printing (With Pics!)

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hey shortfuse

 

i have that exact paint + textile medium you talk about, but i am very reluctant to give it a go through the silk screen for fear it will damage the silk....

 

the paint I use now is nice black... it never fades or nothing so its always a bold print. I think once i start messing more with different colors things will become more fun and challenging... Im still experimenting.

 

I got cheap dollar store acrylics and the paint medium stuff, and that paint seems VERY thin, and also washes off like you're pealing skin off of something, so I dont know how well it would work with the screen and on fabric... but I may give it a go

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new prints done today

figured out a better exposure time finally

messed around a bit with grey tones to see how detailed of a print I can get

also messed with how hard/soft I push when spreading paint

design will probably get re-worked...this was 2 seperate prints on one shirt

 

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IMG_5076.jpg

Print #3

got some new awesome paint

got all the exposure times down, etc, just now figuring out the best way to spread the paint :)

 

more new designs coming

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dope shit man. even with the fade in them it doesn't look bad, but intentional

i know you're trying to get it down perfect first though

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yeh that pull was major fucked

i had to freehand the top of the middle most tower!

 

also, corrigater cardboard stuffed in the shirt to make them flat is bad, because the print becomes corrigated! So im now putting in a flat piece of glass instead...lesson learned

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So I got all my supplies ready, and this is the first graphic I'm going to use

 

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It's hand drawn in photoshop, and sorry for stealing your halftones hayabusa, but when I printed the transparency, all the ink was bleeding and gettin wiped around, did you have that problem at all?

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you didnt steal my haftones dont worry lol

no when i printed on my transparency it all stuck well. I have an inkjet printer... not sure what transparencies I used cuz I got them second hand. Not sure what kind of printer u got

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Word. I found that the printed transparencies dont go dark enough for me and the burn is horrible. Although Ive waited for a couple to dry and then printed over an already printed copy and it made it a lot darker. Oh and btw Ive never had the paint+textile medium damage the screen. Just dont let it stay on for long cause you dont want it to dry. I go so many projects on ym hands I dont know what to do.

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Shortfuse, what would you use instead of transparencies?

 

And Hayabusa, I do have an inkjet printer, and I got specialty ink jet transparencies.

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i found that if the burn was horrible or if light was let through the black portions of my transparency it was because i over exposed it.

once i cut down my exposure time from 15min to 10, everything came out nice. EVEN though the printed transparency wasnt 100% black, once it was pressed firmly against the screen and weighed down by a piece of glass, it became nice and dark....

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nice job lads, i been screenpriting for my own company 3 years now.

 

try getting your hands on some TXR emulsion. ( pink to red- when cured) it takes me 40 seconds to shoot a 77t (metric) screen. on 1000wtts.

 

a REAL squeegee - get one. a nice nutural hardness too. it will make your life alot easier. its only $1 per cm. and your screens will b in better nick and your prints will come out better.

 

for more than one color jobs, its just layers and registration lot like painting graffiti. :)

 

CMYK is some other shit that im still getting me head around...

 

peace and p.s i love that cat with the roses design!!

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Dope thread, awesome shirts so far.

 

I just finished building this press using these plans: http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2008/07/free_plans_for_a_4color_silksc.html

 

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It honestly cost me about $200 and it is capable (apparently) of doing 4 color prints (although I have not tried).

 

The video you posted earlier Hayabusa helped me a ton and is a great guide for anyone interested in silk screening.

 

BTW a cheap scope coater that works pretty damn good is a piece of aluminum angle iron, cut to fit, then you just tape up the sides so the emulsion doesn't get everywhere (even though it will anyway).

 

Shit like this, only aluminum:

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I'd post some of my own prints but i don't own a camera

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i found that if the burn was horrible or if light was let through the black portions of my transparency it was because i over exposed it.

once i cut down my exposure time from 15min to 10, everything came out nice. EVEN though the printed transparency wasnt 100% black, once it was pressed firmly against the screen and weighed down by a piece of glass, it became nice and dark....

 

I've always used two transparencies, stacked on top of one another. Seemed to have no problems with darkness that way. A bit of a pain to line up, but worth it.

 

Also, try try automotive Bondo spreaders for squeegees, they're a couple bucks for a 3 pack. Always had good luck with them, great for shirts.

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thanks, here's another one. I'm still pretty inexperienced, i tried to print shirts and failed horribly. I think it was because i was using a water based ink in like 90+ heat, it ended up clogging the image on the screen. 3816291600_48cc8979c1_o.jpg

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help a brother out

 

i want to clean the dry paint off my screen without ruining it and without getting the burnt emulsion off. what can i use?

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