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!

4 comments:

  1. I was reading up on silkscreening and realized that it's very much like making a black and white photographic print in a darkroom.

    Hmm. Do you think the red light we use in the darkrooms affect the emulsion?

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  2. Oh no, in fact, the red-light darkroom is perfect for work like this.

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  3. Cool. I didn't even know silkscreening had anything to do with photo exposing (ehm, if that's a word). ^.^

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  4. Actually, the moment I saw the words "light sensitive emulsion", I suddenly thought of my photo works. :D

    So it's the same principle. The emulsion in my case is the one on the film (acetate + emulsion = film). With an enlarger I expose this negative on to light-sensitive paper and use a series of chemical washes to bring out the print. :)

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