I really don't know how to describe it well, so I'm including images:
I thought the 'ink-strings' were caused by using unwashed fabric, so I used some up-cycled material that never let me down, but this same thing kept happening, even after I re-did the screen. I've been searching the internet for some answers to this, but have yet to find anything, even a name.
I was hoping someone here could help explain to me what this is, why it's happening, and how to prevent/correct it.
Are the lines visible in your screen? if not:
my guess is the color is too thick and when you lift the screen strings form and splatter your print.
i didn't have that problem using vaterbased colors for tshirts tough... :/ also:
how is your off-contact?
^this. you need to check your off contact. make sure as you pull the screen naturally lifts away from your substrate as your finishing your pull. also, you could be putting it on too thick. when laying down light colors on dark surfaces you should not have to do any more than two passes. but that looks like some static issues there, a humidifier could help.
It's coming up on both the screen and the prints. For what it's worth, I'm using Speedball water-based ink, but like I mentioned, this hasn't happened before. I read somewhere that it could be 'static string,' but couldn't find much help on how to prevent or stop it besides "BUY THIS! THIS WORKS! ONLY THIS WORKS!"
My off contact is normal - same as always, so I know it can't be that. My step up is pretty low-tech: I use some random piece of wood I found as my surface to put the fabric on, though I do this all surrounded by carpet. So...