Take I: Using photo emulsion to create my screen image
I knew I was taking a risk. Exposing a screen using sunlight is very unpredictable at best. I didn't expect complete and utter failure, however! I think the problem was with how long I waited between applying the photo emulsion (the lovely blue pictured below) and actually exposing the screen. I was waiting for a bright and sunny day and low and behold, our Pacific Northwest skies were not obliging (at least not quickly). After looking online for possible exposure times, I decided to go with 25 minutes (based on the fact our sun is so low in the sky during winter). After exposing the screen, I excitedly took it over to an outdoor hose to spray and ended up with a nicely, and completely, filled screen. Great, if I was going for the extreme minimalist approach!
Screen filler steps (as provided by Speedball):
- Create an image layout (easy enough, I already had my transparency from Take I)
- Take image to a table and lay screen over the image securing with tape
- Trace image with soft pencil (I used the closest No 2 pencil laying around)
- Prop up screen, securely, and paint out all areas that are NOT to be printed
- Set screen down level and leave to dry (preferably 24 hours)