-Went to Flatstock 38 at SXSW and saw a lot of great work (inspired)
-Watched and talked to Andymac as he was pulling prints
-Bought Andy's book (lots of great info)
-built a vacuum table 32"x24"
-gathering parts to build a 1000W MH exposure unit with neoprene vacuum top. (but I think we'll start with the sun first)
This is going to be a very part time hobby/art project (yeah right) for me and the kids working out of our garage.
We'll start with paper/posters to gain experience/make tons of mistakes and then maybe work our way up to t-shirts w/Llamas (help me). No plans what-so-ever to turn this into a business so I'm looking more for control of the process as opposed to stuff that can turn out a lot of prints. (a run will consist of 10-15 prints at most)
Now it's time to start gathering supplies and I'm a little overwhelmed over the selection or where to buy.
We're in Austin TX and are looking for a local store or online if we have to. So what I'm asking for is to use some of your collective experience and get recommendations from my shopping list.
My current shopping list: (please point out any mistakes I may be making)
-screens, 20x24 ??? or 23x31 ??? with a 230 Mesh (basic with room to grow for stochastic/half-tones)
am I asking for trouble with large screens? is the mesh TPI correct?
-emulsion (clueless on what to buy, this won't be a regular running shop so a good shelf life is a consideration, along with something that can resolve half-tones)
-squeegee (not sure of size, thinking 16"-18" w/ 70 durometer)
-degreasers, screen reclaiming chemicals (again, overwhelmed)
-ink (here again clueless on what to get, would like to make my way eventually to pantone matching with a scale, so I'll need to get a good set of base colors, not even sure what size to get quart? smaller? I'll probably start small just to get a feel on how fast we use ink)
-base extender (do I need this? I'm thinking I do)
-films (will probably start with 8.5x11 but I have access to a larger HP printer so I can work with larger films)
-source for paper (various sizes and recommended weight)
Yeah, I know I'm going in deep, it's ok, I've got time and expect to use this journey for our education and hopefully entertainment. What I'd like to do though, is avoid the early wasteful spending on the things I don't need. But at the same time with these basic supplies and lots of practice can turn out non-embarassing quality prints.
Bottom line: ( I want someone to say "Here, buy this; it's all you'll need; it'll get you to 80% of what your looking to do, then it's just practice, practice, drink, practice")
At some point I'll probably be taking a class at either Coronado studios, or the Screen printing co-op (ACPCO) for my continuing education.
Thanks for your help,