You're killing it, dude! The drying racks look awesome.
I've got a couple of Neal's prints. They look just as nice in person.
Thanks guys! I never could have imagined a more friendly and helpful place to discuss this stuff. I've been lurking on these boards for so long that I almost feel like I know many of you. Over and over again I'm like "Whoa! So-and-so posted on my thread!".
If you own your place, and are getting really serious about this- I'd pull the carpet in that room RIGHT OUT. There is no way it will last. Also- if you're getting smudges on the edges of the prints (kinda unavoidable sometimes) you might want to print on paper larger than the finished print, and cut it down later- that way you can bash the hell outta yr corners or smudge 'em all up, and you've got nothing to worry about.
Thanks for the tip Tim. Unfortunately I don't own the place and this is the only room I can print in. I've laid down many large pieces of cardboard and I also put down a big drop-cloth when I print or coat screens. Hopefully that will do for now. I can definitely be a klutz so it might just be a matter of time before a disaster spill...
I'd like to try printing on larger paper and then cutting down, though my printing process is getting less messy and my last run I didn't smudge any edges. Sometimes I get paper from mac papers in Atlanta and they'll cut down paper I buy for $15 a sheet/stack (unlimited cuts), but the paper isn't cut in-house, so I'm guessing if I needed paper cut post-printing they'd have to send it out and it would take a day or two to get back. If anyone knows any good paper-cutting options in Atlanta I'd love to hear...
most real print shops (the ones where you get flyers, buisness cards what ever printed, not Kinkos) have good proper paper cutters.
And i imageine they would do it for WAY less that 15 bucks and they usualy do mine while i wait. Depending who is working at the one near me when i turn up it is usually between £5 and free.
Also alot of the guys that work in those places tend to find our archaic hobby interesting to say the least, and dont mind a good chat about screen printing.
So anyway i'd just say find a printers near you and give them a call. They'll probably do it.
$15/stack is what Lewis paper charges in Chicago, but they won't cut stock that's already been printed. There are a few shops here that have their own cutters, too. As for me, I cheat by driving out to the suburbs and using the huge hydraulic paper cutter at the printing company where my dad works. I also usually cut before printing, so having to reject inky thumb prints from editions has made me a very clean printer.
Like Adam said, Kinko's is a no go, as their cutters are tiny and for postcards, business cards, etc.
Find a phone book or get online and look for paper suppliers or large print shops in your area. It never hurts to call them up and ask. I used to go to this place in Montreal where they'd cut down posters (or paper you bought from them) for free, but there was a tacit rule that you would give the cutter a cash tip every time.
I pay $5 a stack at 6th st. printing here in Austin. You can find someone to do it for you- just talk to a print shop that's NOT kinko's or something, and they should be able to help you. Heck, if you are buddies w/ a kinko's employee, they MIGHT have a cutter large enough for you, provided you're keeping it close to 18x24. I like having reg marks throughout the run of prints so I can detect if my reg slips a bit if it's not totally evident immediately in the design.
Tried out some house paint this week on my first screen of a two-color poster. It was actually way easier to print with then I thought it would be based on GP threads I've read. I used a glug of floetrol and a little Speedball ink to alter the color since it was a $5 mis-tint gallon from Sherwin Williams. The biggest problem was the fact that it curled the paper a bit when dry and I had trouble keeping the paper flat when I printed the second color. Compounding this difficulty was the fact that I use an old drafting table to print on that was covered in this laminate shit. Well, the spray adhesive I use has been dissolving the laminate into a gooey mess and the adhesive doesn't last long and sticks to the back of posters. I've been scraping this laminate off with a razor blade as it loosens and it looks like I'm down to the particle board of the table, so hopefully this won't be as much of a problem in the future.
Yeah, I know, vacuum table...
Loser of the week was Kinko's for charging me double on my printouts that weren't dark enough and ruined a stencil. The next one I went to charged me correctly and the printout was nice and dark. It's too bad the local indie printer by my house doesn't have a large format printer.
Looking good, sir.
Vacuum tables are amazing, but in the meantime, just get better spray mount. Get the fancy shit that t shirt printers use on shirt platens. I love this stuff: Sprayway SW82 82 Mist Type Pallet Adhesive - ScreenPrintingSupplies.com
Thanks Justin! Ordering some right now...
Also, found a local printshop that will cut stacks of 100 posters for $1 per cut, so that seems reasonable.