oh yes, it is indeed. since i haven't really done one before AND i use and pins i figured why not post the photos that i took while printing a poster for Etsy.com here. you know, on GP - a screenprinting and poster fourm?
crazy, right. crazy like a fox.
this is an abbreviated process, the bulk of the photos are on my flickr page here: Flickr: strawberryluna's Photostream
so, this is the upstairs front screenprinting studio at AIR, where Tuesday Open Studios happen and where lots of folks print. When it's a sunny day, we try to go by the natural light as long as possible:
The backroom of AIR's screenprinting shop That table to the right is on wheels and usually in the middle of the room. The large fluroescent light gizmo is actually a large light/exposure source for exposing GIANT screens. No really, some of AIRs screens are 6' x 10' deals. It's awesome.
Past the creepy black (light blocking) curtains is the washout booth, exposure unit and screen drying cabinets.
inside the washout/exposure room. Weights to press down the padded blocks that go on the screens live here, as do films waiting to be burned onto fresh screens. Coated, unexposed screens dry in the space below, where the black sheeting starts.
This is the exposure unit, directly behind the above shelf and cabinet and next to the washout booth (with a good wall in between, whew!)
Where screens hide while drying, underneath either the exposure unit (hence the heavy black (light blocking) sheeting.
This is the exposure unit., turned on - but note! DO NOT place your screen onto the light table while it is on or you will be exposing your screen!
Just wanted to show how the screen looks, with the film positive placed underneath, "true."
I didn't take a photo of the next step, which is to place some sort of light-blocking element onto the screen. We use boards covered in padding and felt so as not to scratch or tear the screens. Then add weights to the board to make a nice flat, tight screen-film connection to get a good clear burn.
Turn on the light (varies from set up to set up, ours is 7-8 minutes), set the timer and come back when she's done.