Thursday, March 31, 2011

Screen Printing Start-up :
Test Printing

This morning was the first time to use ink. I used black ink on the Food Blogger icons design and I tried printing (like how I was taught in my tutorials last year) on a piece of gray fabric. I printed again on another area of the fabric and examined both prints.

The first one had the small details blotted out because of too much ink. I remember applying some amount of pressure when I printed it. The second, on the other hand, where I applied just a little pressure, had the fine lines maintained but some black areas are not solid enough.

I used a special kind of squeegee which I bought from TULCO. The rubber on it is a bit hard, compared to the ones you buy at National Bookstore. I learned from a youtube video that hard squeegees deposit less ink, and softer ones deposit more. Maybe I should also buy a soft squeegee and compare it's pressure effects with that from a hard squeegee.

Well, I'm done with stencil making and now on the second stage of the screen printing process. I still have so much to learn!

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