off the grid mobile screen printing part 2 (1 Viewer)

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the second test print did not go like i had hoped. i didn't get any usable stickers, and my ink / vinyl combination did not work out, but decided to cut up one of my t shirts to do some fabric test prints that came out okay

first the setting
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printed in the high desert with no electric.
screen was make with the block out stencil method, here is a brief description. I can draw or paint, but i can manipulate graphics fairly good on a computer. I did the art in inscape, a free open source vector graphics program. this is the only part i used electricity on. took quite awhile to do a very simple graphic, but i am still learning the program. printed the art onto a piece of paper the size i wanted it. taped it to the back of the screen, traced the design onto the mesh using a fine tip sharpie. used block out & a paint brush to fill in all the areas i didn't want to print, leaving the print area open.

pro & con of this method.

con: took a long time to make the screen. limited in amount of fine detail. finished screen art looks hand drawn because it is.

pro: super easy to do, i feel like anyone could easily make a screen this way. equipment, or power needed. just sharpie, art to trace, paint brush, block out.

eventually i will need to build an exposure unit so i can use photo emulsion and do much higher quality work. but for now while i am still working out a method. this will work fine. also the diy punk in me doesn't mind print that look more artistic

as i said at the begging the vinyl stickers didn't come out, some possible solutions are trying different vinyl (maybe), or different ink (most likely). i might try both.
 
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when i realized that the vinyl wasn't going to work i quickly decided to do some fabric test prints that came out okay. this is just on one of my cut up t shirts, so kinda sloppy. but came out well enough that i may do a patch test run soon since i have alot the stuff i need already.

still much more into printing stickers than patches.
 

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