Sunday, February 11, 2007

Blogshirt, version 0.9

Decided that today was Craft Sunday, and finally put my new-found silkscreening skills to good use. Rolled out my silkscreen frames, photoemulsion fluid, fabric paint, and squeegee.

Ta-daaa! Blogshirt, version 0.9!

Since this is my first-ever solo silkscreen project, I had to struggle with several things. First, getting the right amount of photoemulsion coating on the screen. My first attempt turned out to be too thick. Fortunately, I figured out how to get it just right.

Next difficulty: getting the right exposure time, which is a challenge if you don't have an exposure table. My first try, I overexposed the film by nine minutes and fifty seconds. That's right. It should have just been ten seconds or so under the midday sun.

Subsequent attempt was also overexposed, though not by too much.

The third attempt finally yielded this:
It was a very wet experience getting to this point. Contrary to what you might think, silkscreen is not a fragile medium. I worked in the bathroom, shower nozzle full blast at the screen to wash away the portions that needed to be exposed.

Not perfect, as you can see, there are still some embarrassing holes. I can fix those with some tape or nail polish. But I'm proud of the first attempt.

Next project: blog shirts for sale!