First off, this will be my first post, so hi everyone!
Just started printing posters, but i work full time in a screen print shop, so its not completely new to me.
I've got a print I want to do on tea or coffee stained paper, but I'm not sure if i should be staining before or after Ive printed my run. I tested on an old print to see if the the staining process would hurt the ink. Its hard to tell if its made the edges fuzzy or if that's just me.
Wondering if any one here has tried this before.
i've never done it, but a friend of mine has done prints where he splashes coffee on them after they've been printed. i think he uses speedball acrylics. anyways, i've never seen any issues with the ink getting fuzzy, but again, he's just splashing it on the paper, not soaking the whole sheet. also, i would think if you're going to do it before printing, you might have an issue with registration, since the paper might warp differently sheet to sheet. there's probably ways around that issue, though.
I imagine your results would look different depending on pre- or post-print staining (crisp printed colors or stained....). I have printed on 'ancient' manilla folders that where had writing on them, stamps, stains and were warped. I put them in a book press overnight and taped off all the vacuum holes on the table that were outside of the print-sheet area.
i've done it a couple of times, really pretty stressful, but if your careful and have access to a heat press you can end up with awesome results. i printed prior to the staining process because i wanted the ink to look a bit more organic, but i was also using a only dark inks, not positive how light ink would react, but i'm sure it wouldn't effect it too much. you can't really see it here, but i definitely soaked them in tea. Moon Light Speed