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Screen Printing: Screen Setup & Care

Postby Chris_Petrauskas » Mon Aug 11, 2014 4:52 pm

Watch the Lesson at:
https://videos.bullseyeglass.com/videos/screen-printing-screen-setup-care/

Please discuss and comment in this thread.

Thanks!
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Re: Screen Printing: Screen Setup & Care

Postby alfeze » Wed Aug 20, 2014 2:32 pm

I have never done any screen printing although I did just get some medium to add to my enamels after reading a discussion thread on screen printing. But I got it to try and keep some working time in the enamels as they were drying too fast for stamping and using a brayer. I also read printing techniques on glass by Jody walker. Your article has made me realise just how much there is to know when using this particular technique... not at all sure I will have the patience since I will probably never do more than a few runs of a single print...
I got a small kit ages ago which I will take a look at to see if things like the mesh are the right size etc... At least I will have a chance if I get that far:-)
so thank you for being diligent and not hiding the hard stuff
PS at least the test that I did this week the paint didn't ping off and I was actually rather pleased with the result... now to move from black to colours:-)
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Re: Screen Printing: Screen Setup & Care

Postby marykaynitchie » Wed Aug 20, 2014 4:05 pm

You will never know how happy you made some of the production team for this lesson by your comment:

so thank you for being diligent and not hiding the hard stuff


We know this is not the most entertaining of all the lessons, but we think that knowing how to prep and maintain a screen properly is critical to the success of people who are screen printing on their own, whether with enamels or Bullseye glass powders. Thanks for your comments--and we would love to see some photos of your work if you end up making any screen prints on glass.

If prepping and maintaining your own screens becomes too daunting, I have heard that some people are taking their screens to screen printing services to have the images applied and replaced.

And if you are near a Bullseye Glass Resource Center (Portland, OR; Bay Area; Santa Fe; New York), we now offer screen prep, care and rentals as part of our Printmaker Open Studio program. Please see the details regarding eligibility and services for each particular location.

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Re: Screen Printing: Screen Setup & Care

Postby alfeze » Sat Aug 23, 2014 2:14 am

Sadly the thousands of miles between the UK and the USA preclude use of such a brilliant service.
I also suspect the cost would mean one would have to make lots of prints from the same image. Maybe if my school had helped me go to a career of art rather than computing, things would be different. But as I am happy I wont complain :)
I continue to make individual things for now for pleasure of a few locals, till I can afford a change of direction and use the new skills that I am learning:)
Anyway thank you again. I look forward to your next lesson.
So far they have all been interesting and stimulating.
In the back of my mind I plan to try the frit on iridized. I already used some platinum lustre paw prints on iridized and found that the results differed depending on which part of the rainbow iridized I used. So I wonder if the same might happen with the thin layer of frit. But first a couple of small commissions need finishing:) Have fun.
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Re: Screen Printing: Screen Setup & Care

Postby bob.lister02 » Sat Aug 23, 2014 6:24 am

Hi,
I was delighted to see that you have a new video on screen printing. However, I was disappointed in the actual video.

1 I would like to see the video using the suggested glass enamels and powders, rather than ink.

2 This video is good on preparation of the screen and cleaning it (but that can be gained from any screen printing source eg acrylic paint onto paper). It does not cover tips and hints using glass enamels and powders in this section.

3 No mention is made of preparing your image to go onto the screen - I would like to use photographs as the source. ( I am aware that some people use stencils) The video jumps a stage in the process here and assumes it has already been done (as in ""Here's one I made earlier" Blue Peter style)

4 I would also be interested in a comparison of the results between using screen printing and using ceramic transfer prints.

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Re: Screen Printing: Screen Setup & Care

Postby marykaynitchie » Sat Aug 23, 2014 7:05 am

Hi Anne,

This particular lesson was limited to the prep and detailed instructions about the care of a printing screen. Our videos related to the printing processes with glass powders and enamels are in previous lessons.

Link to our Index of Videos: https://videos.bullseyeglass.com/index- ... -by-title/

Additional screen printing lessons:
Powder Printing
https://videos.bullseyeglass.com/videos ... -printing/

Screen Printing with Enamels, Part 1
https://videos.bullseyeglass.com/videos ... ls-part-1/

Screen Printing with Enamels, Part 2
https://videos.bullseyeglass.com/videos ... ls-part-2/

Screen Printing with Hand-Cut Stencils
https://videos.bullseyeglass.com/videos ... -stencils/

I hope you find these helpful. It's a big topic, and we thought it made more sense to break it down into short lessons.

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Re: Screen Printing: Screen Setup & Care

Postby bob.lister02 » Sat Aug 23, 2014 8:58 am

Hi Mary,
Thanks for the links! Looking forward to watching them.
Regards,
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Re: Screen Printing: Screen Setup & Care

Postby cary.meiners » Sat Sep 06, 2014 11:50 am

Hi Mary-
Thank you for the new video. They are a great source for me and anybody else who is not near a center. I am very grateful.
I know that I saw a discussion (maybe a tip sheet) on the preparation of an image with specific tips for Photoshop. It was wonderful and I am now wanting to refer to it again but I can't find it. Can you please help me locate it. It was at the end of one of the videos but now I don't see a link or a mention. It was a document, not a video.
It is the only thing stopping me at this point. I really need the advice about printing half tones, etc.
Thank you.
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Re: Screen Printing: Screen Setup & Care

Postby Chris_Petrauskas » Mon Sep 08, 2014 8:35 am

HI Cary,

There was a specific bonus video about using Photoshop for halftone prep.

It is with the Lesson "Screen Printing with Enamels, Part 1". If you go to chapter two, you will see a link below the video player window for "Bonus Material: Halftone Preparation". Click that and a video with more in-depth details about Photoshop will play.

There is also a fair bit of related discussion under the Forum thread for that Lesson:
http://www.bullseyeglass.com/forum/index/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=3582

C.
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