A couple weeks ago, I asked a few questions about my 1st process color project. Thanks for all your answers and advice. I took pictures along the way to post here in hopes of feedback and critiques. I think the results are just OK - definitely lots of room for improvement. Mostly, I blame on the t-shirt press/lack of vacuum table for poor registration. (*The vacuum table is now built and ready to use for my next attempt. I've got the process of building the table in pix as well and will post in another thread.) I considered not posting at all out of embarrassment, but here we go:
Exposing the screens - I used a black light with a reflector hood hanging about 12 inches above the screen. The screen has foam underneath & glass on top. My exposure time was about 12.5 minutes.
Taped up the screen with regular masking tape & made sure everything was on hand to begin.
When I printed these, the vacuum table was not ready yet, but I thought it would be OK to go ahead with using the label tape for registration guides & re-positionable spray adhesive to make the paper stick in place. I'm still not entirely convinced that this was the only problem. In fact, I think it is more likely that my offset was too high. In some places, it would line up exactly right and on the same print something else would be out of registration. If the top lined up, the bottom looked terrible. I kept fine tuning as I went along, but I could never nail it down exactly. Hopefully the vacuum table will help me eliminate some variables & I can figure this out. Any thoughts?
black done - time to clean up
Here are some details of where registration was worst:
All-in-all, I think I coulda done a lot worse, but now I don't know what to do with these babies (50). I couldn't sell them? I don't know if it would be right to ask money for something that I know I could do better. Chalk it up to "experimental" and give 'em to friends, I guess. More paper & stuff are on the way and the exposure unit will be in the works next. I'll post again & we'll see if I can tighten it up. Meanwhile, I'm working on a spec poster for a regional festival in hopes of scoring my first gig. It is spot color, so hopefully it will be a lot easier to separate/register - we shall see.
Thanks in advance for any feedback!!