Hello internet! I have finally gotten around to creating a tiny tumblr log to document my handmade adventures and experiments. With this entry, I promise great things ahead! *cross fingers tight*
I’m Cheryl and I have many dreams (and well, also nightmares about what will happen to me now that I have graduated). I have been told that I need to take it one step at a time. Keep calm and carry on.
Anyway, just recently I made my first silkscreen at home after watching countless youtube and blog tutorials. It was pretty tedious and I messed up a little, but it was a SUCCESS and a medal worthy moment. Here’s a sneak peak at what I was up to.
Being a good silkscreen student, I did a test strip for the first coat to get the right exposure. All that was needed is 10 minutes under a 500 watt tungsten lamp and a good snack during the waiting time. As I was too excited, I went ahead to print the test strip on a swatch of fabric. You don’t really have to do that! It looked good, so it was time to move on to a bigger challenge!
My second coat after exposure worked brilliantly and brought tears to my eyes. I have been sketching out a couple of popular southeast asian snacks and this is one of them. This one is called Jiu Cheng Gao in chinese and means 9 layered cake, but no one really uses that name. My emulsion coating does seem a little uneven and I thought it would affect the silkscreen. But it worked out really well! It would be better to invest in a scoop coater though.
And wallah, you are now ready to print on your favorite canvas tote or tea towels. Other spiffy food creatures lining up to be silkscreened. They are super excited!
I am going to be buying some more silkscreen frames and canvas tote bags to print on this week. Watch this space! 🙂