#Print52 Week 5: brush Cones


#Print52 Week 5: Brush Cones

As you may recall, I actually managed to prepare & expose a decent screen last week…I was chuffed (and very smug). My ‘good’ screen was the product of reducing the exposure time from 9 minutes to 7 and by doubling up on my artwork creating a super dense black ink.

However, because I changed two variables in one session I have no idea which was the actual problem child leaving me just as clueless as before.

What to do?


#Print52 Week 5: Brush Cones by Sewing Daisies


Exposure Time & Wash Out

Well, I decided to harass the variable I thought was the culprit; the ink on my artwork.

According to all my web research on this matter, the ink needs to be super black and super duper non see-through. My ink to date has be a smokey charcoal and riddled with holes. Except for last week’s, which was blackish and had a smattering of holes.

To test the web’s and my own theory I went back to using only 1 layer of printed artwork  on tracing paper (not even the proper stuff from Leapfrog Inkspot) and I exposed my screen for 7 minutes.



#Print52 Week 5: Brush Cones by Sewing Daisies


The process was indeed easy, the result patchy.

In fact so patchy I couldn’t even shift the tiniest speck of emulsion during wash out with the shower head set to ‘strong’. So I went all power jet on it.

That worked.

But, it also knocked out smaller sections that I wanted to keep. Namely, all the bits under the tape I used to hold my artwork down with.

Another week, another problem…

Note to self: don’t use tape on screen during exposure, even that lovely smelling 3M stuff.

Speaking of new problems, I also discovered after wash out that my screen had been a little dirty before coating (emulsion) because it was now coated in garage dust. It was pretty, but I am fairly sure that you’re not supposed to end up with a blue speckled screen.

Thankfully all of the garage speckle stayed in place during printing,

Another note to self: check your screen for dirt before coating…and maybe afterwards too.


#Print52 Week 5: Brush Cones by Sewing Daisies


Registration & Printing

As you can imagine having a patchy screen and knowing that your print work isn’t going to turn out great sort of puts a dampener on things.

Here’s some of what happened/didn’t happen…

  • I forgot that because my fabric was unbleached and that my ink might change shade. It did, and not in a good way. Mid brown on yellow-beige is not cool, or pretty. It’s very much warm and blergy.
  • Apparently, not only does a patchy screen add unwanted smears and blobs, it likes to pool ink and randomly throw it about. I am not sure why, but on some parts of my printed fabric it looks like I have gone over it repeatedly… back to front.
  • A bunch of other annoying stuff happened here
  • Lastly, I realised that the little channel running between each printed segment wasn’t caused by miscalculated registration markers, but because I didn’t cut & tape my artwork together to match them. ‘Eyeball and balls it up’ being my preferred method of putting patterns together.


#Print52 Week 5: Brush Cones by Sewing Daisies


Lessons learned this week:

  • Colours like to mess with other colours
  • My registration calculations work as long as I get my cut & taped artwork to match
  • I need to try that inkjet vellum paper stuff I read about last week
  • Screen printing likes to throw curve balls every other week


Do I feel discouraged?

No Way! I haven’t had this much fun in years. I am sure I am learning far more messing about in my garage than I would at a college… AND I get to wear dungarees. They’re three sizes too big, but that’s so I can get my ski gear under them (don’t ask).

Just another 47 #Print52 projects to go!


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re: artwork

This weeks’ brush cones were created using a cheapo art brush and black ink…then jazzed up in Illustrator.

2 Comments on #Print52 Week 5: Brush Cones

    • At the moment I am just trying to the the hang of screen printing. My hope is to become good enough to make lampshades, cushions etc to sell.

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