Well, if I am going to teach a 'drop in' style course, I figure I should create a resource so that my students can make the most of the time they have in studio.
My first post lets you know what to bring to come to class ready to print!
What you absolutely need to bring:
1. a screen
2. water soluble ink
3. ink retarder
4. something to print on (paper, clothing, textiles, you name it...)
5. Blue painters tape
6. Cheap packing tape (no name brand stuff, you want the cheap stuff with the weak
adhesive, check out the dollar store)
7. An exacto-knife with a good blade
8. Tupperware to store mixed ink (as many as colors you intend to use)
9. Spatulas for mixing inks
10. A sheet of acetate that is at least the same size as the screen you are using.
11. A photo positive opaque stencil of your image
If you do not know how to make a photo positive stencil, don't worry, as we can go over it in class. You will need the following additional materials:
- acetate or vellum (in addition to the acetate listed above)
- opaque black paint pen(s) or black acrylic paint and a paint brush.
Recommended but not required:
1. Spray mount to help register your prints (not really a health conscious item)
2. A spray bottle filled with water
3. Paper towels or clean reusable rags
Mission Grafica does provide reclaimer, degreaser, and squeegees. They do not provide emulsion but it can be purchased for a small fee from me depending on the size of your screen (between $3-$8)
If you want to try out the film for ink jet printers, but do not want to invest in buying 25+ sheets, you are also welcome to buy 11x17 sheets from me for $2 each.