Today I created my first screen printing project with the screen print provided by Screen the World. I believe I did meet the module’s learning objectives by properly putting together and using the provided equipment to create a screen print as well as by following the directions from the zoom video call/module’s to be able to successfully do my first print!
I will attach a photo of the “studio” space I am using, which is currently the floor of my bedroom as I live in a shared space with my mother in law and don’t have a lot of room! However, we may have to be creative and use the dining room space upstairs for future purposes as it just does not work well enough in my bedroom. I currently don’t like my studio haha, but hoping that in the next couple months I will be in an apartment/my own space where I will have room to expand and have a space for all my art projects. Further down the road when I open my studio; I am looking forward to being able to
have it all there.
The set up of the supplies was not too bad, I am very glad my husband was here to help because it was really helpful, as Andy said, it really does make a difference having two people. Now I can use him as my test subject for teaching too! My biggest challenge was firstly, my flattest nozzle for my vacuum did not fit in the hole of the vacuum table. However with some tape we were able to get enough air inside to keep the paper flat. In the future I will likely get a small vacuum just for the vacuum table. Second, my local hardware store did not have a good tape dispenser so I bought a tape dispenser made for packing boxes, and that was a huge mistake cause it even has a warning sign and I still used my fingers and I ended up slicing my finger, bled for 20 minutes, but kept going once I made sure it wasn’t too deep (except I definitely got rid of the dispenser part and just used scissors for the tape instead and that did well enough. But besides those obstacles and the small, small space it was able to work!
Doing my first print was so exciting! seeing it actually work was such an incredible feeling. I felt a lot of anxiety the past couple day’s worried about how it would go but I surprised myself. Slow start and a slow beginning but for a complete beginner I was super happy with how well it went. I believe that when I kind of have a good set up prepared it’ll make the whole process a lot easier and more comfortable. Was so enjoyable and I can’t wait to keep going!