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Postby megandmonkey » Sat May 04, 2013 1:41 pm

Hi everyone

Forgive me for my lack of knowledge- I am very new to this and I just need a little help with a few things...

I attended a screen printing workshop and caught the bug! I work as an illustrator so this new skill set (still very much in the making!) is a great asset for my work. I have invested in some kit to screen print onto fabric. I am using Aluminium screens with 43T mesh and screentec inks: ... =EAN%2cEAN

I have screen printing clamps etc set up etc and have mastered exposing my screen/washing out so far- I come unstuck however when I try printing... I do my flood fill etc and "Test" print onto a fixed piece of acetate for the sake of alignment (simply copying the method I was taught in class), get my fabric in place, pull the acetate back, re flood the screen, lay the screen back down and print.

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The finer detail however is getting lost and the fabric ink seems to bleed (please see pics- You'll notice the bow has lost detail in particular). I have tested it out so far on good quality canvas/cotton fabric (much like a cotton shopping bag- as this is what I ultimately want to print onto) but it just doesn't seem to take well. Its not bleeding on the back of the screen, its just when it makes contact with the fabric itself, it seems to spread a little...

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What could I be doing wrong? Is it that I need to mix my ink with print medium? Apparently screentec inks are a little runnier than say speedball- could this be the issue? I really cant see how it could be the fabric itself that is causing an issue- as i say, its pretty standard fabric for printing onto.

Thoughts? Suggestions? Much appreciated!!
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