Adventures in Screenprinting
- Find wug image on the internet.
- Gimp wug image into bitmap.
- Trace with potrace (using -c to avoid compression)
- Use fontforge to clean it up a bit
- Use illustrator to place on the page, make a second, inner wug
- Print out
- Purchase: (for a total of <$20)
- Speedball Fabric Screenprinting Ink, Black. (~$5, at a local art supply store)
- Generic-looking 3-pack of brushes ($4)
- One yard of some white cotton/poly sheer fabric (~$3)
- Bottle of Mod Podge (~$4)
- 9" Embroidery Hoop ($0.89)
- All of these other itesm were bought at "Jo-Ann's" fabric and craft store. I felt like I was in a parallel universe there, where the presence of man was tolerated, but not fully comprehended.
- Cut off about 10" square of the fabric, put it in the embroidery hoop.
- Trace the printed-out design onto the fabric. I was using a rollerball pen --- not a good idea. It bled all over the place. I think I'll consider using a cheap Bic ballpoint in the future.
- Cover negative space with Mod-Podge, using a brush. This is the long, hard, but somewhat fun part: it took me about an hour.
- Attempt 1: Brush ink through screen onto paper. Produced really poor results. Very hard to apply even pressure through screen with brush.
- Attempt 2: Squeegee ink through screen by scraping across with old Blockbuster card. Result: Passable print, but I think I have to wait for the screen to dry thoroughly between washings. There was a lot of bleeding. The Blockbuster card is a little flimsier than I want, but I found one of those credit-card offer envelopes that have a non-valid credit card in them. I think I'll try using that tomorrow.
- Next day: credit-card not much less flimsy. Discovered that I get better results with more ink and more gentle pressure.
- Tried printing on old T-shirt that I was going to throw away. I think I
need even more ink for fabric.