so, my friend and i are trying to print up some t-shirts, and this is the first time we've messed around with screenprinting via emulsion rather than just making a stencil... we've almost got it working, can see the image, but then everything blows out as we wash out the emulsion... i think the problem is we're not exposing it to the light long enough, possibly it wasn't as dry as we though it was, too... so, we're leaving it to dry overnight (getting late for continuing the process anyway), but how long should we expose the sucker?
we're doing this on a total zero budget, so we're using 2 100 watt bulbs, do we need to bite the bullet and buy some bigger lights? or hold the things there for eternity, or what? the emulsion we're using is Autotype Plus 7000, if that helps....
so close! but yet so far! any help would be super wicked, thanks,
*edit*,.. .we're thinking about just using the sun....
thanks, that was kinda the feeling i was starting to get going through old threads ... d'oh! damn learning curves. tomorrow is supposed to be nice, so, i think we're going to use the sun. but, for the future, like, the six months of rain we're about to get, well... we'll have jobs by then, so we'll be able to afford serious grow op quality lightbulbs .
so, fact that it went all green and gooey and strange, is just because it was under (un) exposed, right? and i could see the skull and the bike coming through at first, what a tease.
thanks,... yeah, i think we were just kinda confused, the info / instructions with the stuff we had was really vague as far as what bulb type and distance, and time... and, we're kinda excited and hard-headed, like, "lets just go for it!"... so it takes us ten times as long as it should, cuz we screw it up all to hell in a million different ways... but we're getting there. and once we DO finally get it right, we'll know all the ways NOT to do it... probably in detail
the step test seems like a very good idea, especially once we get some proper bulbs... i'm feeling good about the sun being on our side for now...
....and i could see the skull and the bike coming through at first, what a tease.
Screenprinting's a bit of a painted whore sometimes, giving you the big come-on like things are lovey-dovey and you'll be together forever in sweet printmaking bliss, then standing you up at the alter.