Friday, February 15, 2013
Screen Printing for PMQG
Who's this guy? He is one of my most favorite people on this planet... he's my husband and business partner, Gregg. We have a small screen printing business here in Portland called Phantom Chicken. Why do I have a picture of him here? Well, if you notice in the foreground, you will see a super fresh test print of the special PMQG design we are doing for the guild!
So I thought I'd dedicate this post to screen printing... to show exactly what it is and how it's done.
Note: this has a few photos and is a little long, hopefully it will be informative!
Basically it all starts with a screen. Like a window screen, but with monofilament fibers in a finer mesh:
PMQG... you can see it's black where you want the image to print and clear where you don't want anything to print. (The Mallomars are another story altogether...)
We take this piece of film positive and put it on the coated screen in a darkroom and expose it to light for a few minutes. Where light hits the screen the emulsion hardens (clear areas) and everything else washes away (black areas).
What you have left is an exposed screen ready to use:
Next we mix inks:
What's really cool about this process is that it's a very small version of how fabric is printed! Imagine these screens being about 8 feet tall by 5 wide set up on a HUGE automated press where they can set up to 22 colors at a time. If you look on your salveges, you'll see different colored dots, those are all the colors (or screens) used in the printed design.
If you would like a special PMQG printed item, go here. Our next print date is March 15th ~ if you get your order in by March 13th, it will be in the print run!