Alright, so I thought I'd do a slightly different thread for my process. I'm going to be updating this thread as I go along. Kind of like a my start with screenprinting journal.
May 11th, 2006 - Most of the supplies arrive.
Today a huge chunk of my supplies have arrived. This entails
From Performance Screenprinting - $168.91 + shipping
- 1 Qt SEX Emulsion at 50% off
- 1 Hose (not pictured)
- 3 spray bottles
- 1 Gallon Reclaimer
- 1 Gallon Degreaser
- 1 Gallon Screen Wash
- 2 Screen Brushes
- 2 Rolls of 3" tape
- 1 Gallon Blockout
- 5 one quart buckets to mix/store ink
- Some ink scoops
From Victory Factory - $167.81 (shipped)
- 1 230 Mesh Al 25x36" screen
- 1 110 Mesh Al 25x36" screen
- 1 20" Squeege
- 1 Qt Silver Metallic Plastisol Ink
- 1 pair of Hinges
- Some of those little yellow applicators
- 1 20" Scoop coater
From French Paper Co. - $58.32 (shipped)
- 100 sheets of 19x26" Smart White 110 Cover
I'm still waiting on single quarts of Process CMYK + White + Silver acrylic inks from Diesel Fuel which should ship tomorrow I'm told ($115 or so shipped). I'm also waiting on 100 13x19" inkjet films from Valley Litho ($100 + shipping).
I already have a 20x20" screen from a previous dive into the shallow end of screen printing. (speedball emulsion nightmares and whatnot. nothing exciting came out of it but I loved it. I coated the entire screen with a credit card). As well as a Halogen work lamp which I may pick up a second one to expose these rather large screens.
Sunday the plans are to run to Lowe's and pick up the supplies to build a vacuum table. I'll be documenting that whole process as well. That's all for now, I know the threads not too exciting right now, but hopefully it will be helpful to someone starting out in the future. Especially when I get to the building and printing parts. So with all of that, I leave you with a photo and a request for any last minute tips/suggestions (ie - did I forget to buy anything?)
May 12th, 2006 - I Forgot to Mention & Pressure Washer.
I, as well as many others, highly recommend you pickup Andymac's book "Screenprinting Today, The Basics". You may think that $60 bucks is a little high for a book, but considering the void of good screenprinting resources in book form, its definitely worth the extra bucks. It will save you a lot of precious time you would spend scouring the internet or showing off your true noobness by asking a question that''s answered in this book. And to make this update a little longer, I have found someone willing to sell me a black and decker 1500 PSI pressure washer that they used for an hour. It normally costs $150 but they're selling for $50 so I'll probably be picking that up this week.