Ok, something went wrong with the exposure...I think.
I have a big screen with a 210 mesh count. The mesh is yellow and it was coated with a blue emulsion.
I layed the image down on the glass, then the screen, then some black fabric then another piece of glass then some heavy books. I exposed the screen for 2 minutes. Was this where I made the error?
So, then I went and began to wash the screen. I did this in the dorm shower. (Probably not sufficient.) After a few minutes I could begin to see the image. The places where I wanted the ink to go through (the image) were a light yellowy green while the places I didn't want the ink to go through were a darker green.
So I clamped the screen down after it had finished drying and put some ink on. I pulled the ink went the squeegee and NOTHING went through. (groan.) So I was thinking, did I expose it too long? Does anyone have experience with the yellow mesh?
So I thought that maybe it needed to be pressure washed to clear the parts that needed to be cleared. So, I found a hose and sprayed it thoroughly. NOTHING. The water didn't want to go through anywhere.
Sensing that something went wrong, I tried to reclaim the screen with some emulsion remover. After spraying the emulsion remover on and waitning a little bit, I hosed it down and alot of the blue emulsion around the perimeterof the screen (the part that didn't get any light) came off, but alot remained around the image.
Now, the places where I wanted ink to go through are greenish, and the parts I didn't want ink to go through are yellow (the mesh color).
Does anyone know what happened? Did I expose it tooo long? Not enough water pressure during the first washing??
Thanks for your help.