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This is a new little Matroyska screen print that I designed for some dresses. I just love her! I took some photos of the process I used because I think it is so easy and efficient and I know you all would love doing it. This would be a great way to make Christmas presents for the whole family! I'm making t-shirts for gifts! Also many of you often ask me where I get the cute t-shirts I use for dresses....I often make them and you can too....
I used this Speedball Screenprinting kit from Dharma Trading which included almost everything I needed. There are several methods included in the kit: screen filler method, drawing fluid method, and photo emulsion.
The photo emulsion method usually scares people off but it produces the most amazing results because you can do such detailed images (thin lines, small text, etc.). I've tried to break it down here into the most basic of steps and without the fancy lingo:
Just a quick simple explanation of how the the photo emulsion process works:
Step 1: Creating an Image
Step 2: Printing A Transparency
Step 3: Mixing the Photo Emulsion
Mix the sensitizer (black liquid) into the photo emulsion bottle (bluish liquid) until the mixed liquid becomes a slime green color:
Step 4: Prepare the Screen
Step 5: Applying Photo Emulsion to the Screen
......and use the squeegee from your kit to spread a thin layer of the emulsion across the screen. Flip the screen over and repeat on the other side.....
....and keep spreading and flipping until you have a thin even layer across the entire screen.
Place your finished screen right side up (the pushpins will serve as little legs) in a cool dark place for a few hours or overnight to let it dry. I carefully placed mine back in the original box bottom to protect it.
Step 5: Preparing the Screen for Exposure
Step 6: Exposing the Screen
Cover your "screen sandwich" with a piece of cardboard or paper and carefully carry it outside into the direct sunlight. This is the tricky part because if you expose the screen for too long it will burn the image into place and it won't wash away.....and if you don't expose it long enough areas of the image might wash away. Here is how I gauge the exposure: the emulsion is a slime green color and as it exposes it begins to turn to a dark gray/green. Once you see it darken considerably it has been exposed....it should only take 2-3 minutes depending on how strong the sun it. If it is overcast it may take a few more minutes.
Carry the "screen sandwich" back inside quickly and remove the glass and transparency and take the screen directly to the sink. Your image should still be a slime green color and the rest of the screen will be the dark gray/green.
Step 7: Washing the Screen
Step 8: Printing
Cover your work area and get your ink and squeegee ready.
Place your screen flat onto the fabric that you are preparing to print (if it is a t-shirt make sure to place a piece of cardboard inside to prevent ink from soaking to the other side). Apply a small glob of ink at the top of side of the image.....
....and pull the ink down the screen with the squeegee. You might have missed some areas so I like to go over it a few times carefully. Do a test run to get the hang of it before printing on your nice t-shirt!
Carefully remove the screen and admire your image!
Step 9: Heat Setting the Ink
Feel free to email me with questions!
Below are a images ready to download and you are welcome to use. Just right click and save to your desktop (or click and drag to your desktop on a Mac) and burn to a CD to take to your local Kinko's/printer.
Mr. and Mrs. Robot:
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