well……this was a HUGE adventure/disaster and learning curve for me. I coated my screen, put them it a dark box and and did my first exposure. When I went to rinse, all the emulsion came off too, except for a couple of spots. I ended up reclaiming. SO on my second and third tries the results were the same, despite doing some googling and adding a fan to circulate air in my dark box. I finally used a hygrometer, and discovered the RH in my room was over 80%. I turned on the baseboard heat, brought in a dehumidifer and got my RH down to 60% and tried again ! SUCCESS ! I was quite frustrated, and almost gave up. Pleased to have figured it out, and happy enough with my results. The technical side of things can be discouraging ! My post is kind of image heavy, apologies. Also I am getting pretty good at reclaiming screens 😛
Good on you for sticking with it. The stencil being dry (the mesh as well after reclaiming) is key to the whole photo stencil process working.
We use a combo temp and relative humidity gauge.
Once you get past this stage (making a decent stencil) it’s all (mostly!) fun and games. Except for reclaiming, but now you are an expert!!!!
Trial and error and then SUCCESS!!
Seeing the bubbling and peeling of emulsion off the screen is a pretty clear signal that the emulsion wasn’t fully dried. I am so glad you stuck with it. 🙂
Did you use a printed film to create the stencil of the whale? I’d love to see a picture of the actual film to learn how much detail you were able to hold through the exposure process.
I cut it with my Cricut machine, I already have a bunch of my art in the design program, so I thought I would try it. It kept most of the detail ! After our Zoom I compared it with my screen, it’s pretty close !