I am determined to press forward. There are a few hurdles for screenprinting. Getting the supplies is a piece of cake, they weren't all that expensive and they ship them right to you. But there are other hurdles:
You have to have somewhere you can apply the photosensitive goop that makes the whole process work. And be able to see to apply it, and not worry too much if you make a mess. Last time I put a special bulb in a bathroom.
2. Water with Pressure
After exposing the goop to the sun you have to wash out the non-exposed goop. You really need something like a pressure washer for this. If you look at the picture from that old post you can see where I screwed up trying to brush out the goop (because all I had was a normal faucet and it wasn't cleaning the stuff too well).
Yeah, common sense that you have to have some image(s) to screenprint. But let me lay out a little what I want to do:
- I want hexes printed on both sides. That means you need to make a rig that makes sure you are printing in the exact same spots on both sides.
- I want to print in two colors. Another reason to need the rig above. To do this I will need to make 4 passes at a particular piece of cloth. It means I need to make sure I use a lot of layers when building my svgs, and once I decide which features will be in which color, it will require two separate transparencies printed out.
- I'm going to try to print 4 tiles at a time to make the process easier. This means I need to get a bigger screen. I may need to order another squeegee (I'll see if I can make the one I have work, it's about half the size of the four tile setup).
I also made a little progress, in that 1) I decided my prototype set will consist of 8 back-to-back tiles and 2) I chose the designs of all 8 of those tiles. Next I need to determine the encounter triggers for each tile which will be tricky.
Ok, enough blah blah blah, just wanted to let you know what I've been thinking about and struggling with lately.
Oh, and I am gathering material for a standing desk. I hope to enter the fall never having to slump in front of a computer again. Stay in the shade! I think it's going to be a hot one again today.