Your first time screenprinting of course! Duh! What'd you think?
I just finished reading the thread about Seripop's peril and it really bummed me out. I thought this might lighten the mood a little.
I printed my first posters last week. It was so exciting. I printed 100 red and black posters for an indy film and 100 pink/white/black posters for a film fest. I would have never been able to screenprint had it not been for the help that I got through this website. A few names come to mind. Tons of people sent me emails about how they got started but I was in correspondance with Leia Bell, Andrew Vastagh and Chloe from Seripop. Thank you so much. You've all been a huge source of information and wisdom/experience.
So I thought I'd start a thread about our first times. Ahhh the memories.
Here's my story in a nutshell: I met the filmmaker when his band played at my dorm. In the course of 8 days, I showed him the prelim designs and printed 200 posters. He had a really short time line since the festival was so soon. I didn't want to pass up this chance to get going so I said I could do it. Remember that I had never screenprinted. Those 8 days were insane. Every day I was doing the designs, coating the screens, exposing the screens, reclaiming the screens that didn't work, and pulling ink...all out of my dorm room. The dorm shower is not a great place to wash your screens. I'm an RA in the dorm, and my residents were really interested in this crazy thing called "screenprinting" so they helped with the whole process. Now, they're all experts. I gave them some posters for their help. That's my story. It was crazy. Everything took way too long since I did everything by hand. I don't really have the computer skills yet so...
I'm attatching my pictures of the posters. I'd love some feedback. The pink/white/black poster is a little sloppy I think. I did all of it in such a hurry to meet the deadline.
If you have time, post your story. Thanks everyone,
Oh, I just remembered. If you look at this picture, the R of voyeur is missing. I wanted to cry. When I exposed the screen, I had the screen scooted over just enough to cut out the R. So I had to create a stencil and sponge on 100 Rs. That was a small setback. This is a photo before the Rs were added.