So, I've been looking at screen printing books and videos, although I had pretty much talked myself into the fact that screen printing was beyond my skills. Today, I took the plunge. I had a screen around and some paint and all the tools I needed.
I have lots of paint, textile, acrylic, oil stiks, watercolor crayons, silk paint, etc, etc, etc.... I got everything set up and poured my paint into the screen. The paint seemed a bit thin. And it proceeded to soak through the tape on the screen, around the stencil I was using and through the fabric. I tried to pull it through the screen and ended up with this:
Not really what I was looking for :)
I cleaned everything off...used some paint just for screen printing...much thicker....and came up with this:
The paint was a little thick, but according to everything I've read and seen, that happens on your first print. I thought the definition was pretty good.
This was my second print:
Sloppy because I pulled the squeegee in two directions disturbing the stencil and causing the paint to go under the stencil. Oops!
My third print was pretty much perfect:
Love this one!
I used small stencils...6x6... which were problematic given the screen is 8x10. I need to make my own stencils which are bigger so they fit inside the screen better and I don't need so much duct tape to cover the parts of the screen that have no design on them. I think my small stencils are best left to stenciling and not screen printing.
So, for the next few days, I'll be making some of my own stencils to use.