Print Screen Attempt Pt. 2

In my last print screen blog, ‘Print Screen Attempt Pt1’ (posted in July), I finished the post with the preparation of my templates (see below). During the process of creating our own silk screen print design we were supervised by our lecturers on-site at school @Canberra_CIT. All protective gears were provided my the school.

Art/ Illustration by N-G http://n--g.prosite.com/
Art/ Illustration by N-G
http://n–g.prosite.com/

I managed to produce and add another template to my collection:

Dreaming #4 © By N-G (New edition to the above mentioned collection)
Dreaming #4 © By N-G
(New edition to the above mentioned collection)

I used black markers to draw my images and made sure that the lines were not too fine so that the details will still show when we transfered the images onto the silk screen.

Silk screen mesh
Silk screen mesh
The silk screen mesh that I chose was a little larger than my A3 sized sketchbook (420mm L x 297mm W).
The silk screen mesh that I chose was a little larger than my A3 sized sketchbook (420mm L x 297mm W).
Arranging my templates.
Arranging my templates with the, now, photocopied images. The ink-toner from the photocopying machine will assist the transferring of my paper images onto the silk screen mesh through the process of ‘Exposing’ (explained a little later here).
Applying photo-senstive emulsion onto silk screen in our school's dark room.
Applying photo-senstive emulsion onto silk screen in our school’s dark room.
Afterwards leaving the silk screen mesh with newly applied emulsion into a drying cabinet for about 20-30min depending on the cabinet.
Afterwards, leaving the silk screen mesh with newly applied emulsion into a drying cabinet for about 20-30min depending on the cabinet capability.
Following, apply veggie oil onto the photocopied print templates and arrange them onto the mesh once emulsion has dried.
Following, we applied veggie oil onto the photocopied print templates and arrange them onto the mesh but only once the emulsion has dried. Then the Exposure process.
Exposure table (silk screens removed).
Exposure table (silk screens removed, end of exposure process).
Exposure Step 1. Flick on the 'Vacuum' switch so that silk screens don't move out of place when being exposed to machine generated UV light.
Exposure Step 1. Flick on the ‘Vacuum’ switch so that silk screens don’t move out of place when being exposed to machine generated UV light.
Exposure Step 2. Exposure table with active vacuuming.
Exposure Step 2. Exposure table and silk screen with active vacuuming.
Exposure Step 3. Exposure table tilted with images being directly exposed to the UV light.
Exposure Step 3. Exposure table tilted with images being directly exposed to the UV light.
Exposure Step 4. UV machine. We were required to exit the room while the harmful UV rays were activated.
Exposure Step 4. UV machine. We were required to exit the room while the harmful concentrated machine generated UV rays were activated.
Applying high-pressured running water onto UV exposed silk-screen to unblock the transferred ink-toner applied onto the mesh.
Applying high-pressured running water onto UV exposed silk-screen to unblock the transferred ink-toner from the mesh.
Silk-Screen transferred images slowly being revealed
Silk-Screen transferred images slowly being revealed
Tada! Now we placed our wet screen back into the above mentioned drying cabinet.
Tada! Now we placed our wet screen back into the previously mentioned drying cabinet.
Finally, the test print on a plastic surface.
Finally, the test print on a plastic surface.
Silk screen printing technique. Red fabric ink/paint on plastic core-flute board.
Silk screen printing technique. Red fabric ink/paint on plastic core-flute board.

n-G

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