I have found that few list members do silk screening
anymore because either the inks are so toxic -- or the
stencil process is. I did a lot with paper stencils
(for water base inks)and La Page Glue (for the oil
base inks). We used lacquer based stencils (with water
based inks)- but did not clear them from the screen -
We stretched new silk (a polyester mesh). The hassles
with silk screening was the main reason I cut my high
school course from a whole year down to one semester.
I have been unsuccessful in getting new screen
printing lessons for the site. Ken doesn't do his
lesson anymore either because of the mess clean-up
involves. I found, too, that students loved the
process -- but sure hated the clean-up. Forty two
minute class periods didn't help the situation even
with the buddy system. I got stuck finishing clean-up
after school many times in order to save screens.
Hot water also works best to remove block-out for
clean-up -- something that my room didn't have (it was
luke-warm at best).
If you have a successful unit for screen printing to
share - I would love to have it on the site. Photo or
Best of luck to you,
--- Judi Morgan <email@example.com> wrote:
> Is anyone out there doing silk screening? With
> filler and drawing fluid
> not photo emulsion? I tried it last week and then
> could not get the
> filler out (speedball brand). There MUST be a way
> to do traditional
> silk screening. Help!