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This "tusche-like" or positive screen printing technique is an excellent method for the elementary classroom on up!
First, brush Speedball Drawing Fluid on all areas you desire to print and let dry. Next, spread Screen Filler over the entire bottom side of the screen and let dry. Finally, spray cold water onto the top of the screen to wash out the areas covered by Drawing Fluid. Use filler to touch up any pin holes.
Once dry, the screen is ready for printing with any water-based ink. Remove filler with hot water and detergent.
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Allows Great Details
from Nashua, NH
Comments about Speedball Drawing Fluid and Screen Filler:
I love the painterly feel that this drawing fluid has when using a small round brush.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Good product bad package
from south carolina
I bought this to use in my own studio since I don't have access to space/equipment to emulsion and expose screens, and I try to work solvent free because of I don't have proper ventilation either- usually I'm a fan of the gum arabic method when it comes to drawing directly into a screen, but since I use water-based inks the gum arabic dissolves before anything can really be printed. Speedball's screen filler has been a really great solution so far! The only issue I've had is a slight problem getting really fine detail using a brush, but that's not a deal breaker and is to be expected.My biggest problem with it is that speedball's packaging is TERRIBLE. I don't know if it was because they sat in a box in the heat all day before they were delivered, or because they got jostled or dropped on the way, but the drawing fluid was leaking out of the container when it got here and has continued to leak. The lids often get stuck on the jars because the filler and drawing fluid dry and glue the containers shut, and there's no good way to really control how much of the filler comes out when you pour unless you're really careful. I put the screen filler in an old dish soap bottle to squirt out the amount that I needed, and so far that's worked much, much better. I'm planning to transfer the drawing fluid into another empty squirt bottle when I have one.I'm not sure how the overall value of this product compares to others, because I haven't tried similar products from other suppliers, but all in all I think this is good product, and Ido think it's worth the money, especially if you're starting to set up your own studio. Just beware of the packaging!
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Fun, alternative to traditional screen printing
I have started using this as an alternative to traditional screenprinting with emulsion. I enjoy painting the the fluid directly onto the screen. It allows for me to treat the lines differently and create a more original brush-stroke. Washes off easily with greased lightning.
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First print made using this combination/technique
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from Panama City, FL
One layer of this wasn't thick enough to block the screen filler well enough. I added a second layer after drying and the prints we're beautiful.
By All things art buff
from Grand Rapids MI
Speedball is consistent in quality and this is no exception. Permits nonprofessionals to create their own unique items.
This screen filler works well, but you have to apply multiple coats for ink not to get through. It is too thin during the first few uses, watered down, even when stirred well. But, overall, it gets the job done and you can still make quality screen & prints with this product.
By Printmaker by Trade
from Kyle, TX
I prefer hand drawing on my screens and have been using the drawing fluid with this block out fluid for several years now. You do need to make sure the filler is thoroughly mixed and your drawing fluid is on thick enough.As to cleanup, I do not have a sink and hot water available but I've found that coating the screen with Greased Lightning on both sides and letting it sit for a few minutes (don't let it dry) before I wash the screen makes cleanup a lot easier. (I use the commercial screen scrubber and not a brush. It works better) I can usually get a screen clean in 1 or 2 applications if I haven't applied the filler too thickly or let it stay in the screen for an extended period of time. The longer it sits on the screen, the harder it is to remove. However, I have reclaimed screens that have had the filler on them for several months within 3 applications of Greased Lightning.It's a safe product and so far the best options for those of us who do not want to go with the commercial options and toxic chemicals.
Works well with a few precautions
I bought this drawing fluid and it works if you stir it up well and use a few coats so that it's thick enough to withstand the screen filler. Be sure to mix the screen filler REALLY well or it will be too runny and not work at all. Plus if too thin can drip all over, right through the screen. After I followed the above I got a good silkscreen image to work with.
(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
Very happy with results
By Ainsley Artist of Many Mediums.
from Portland, OR
I bought the products after watching the instructional video and though I would give it a try. Of course super excited, I used it immediatly upon arrival and I tried a rather detailed image with thin lines and some stippling (I was curious if the filler would destroy the small details). The drawing fluid was very easy to work with and my image came out great. Adding the screen filler was nerve wracking but it covered easily and didnt destroy my image, which I was ratehr happy about. Washing out the drawing fluid was super easy with cold water and my fingers took less than 5 minutes. I used the Speedball waterbased textle screen printing ink to print on shirts I've sewn(I had used this ink before very happy with the product). The first test print I did was perfect every little detail I added came out great!!!! I truly couldn't be happier with the products. They work great as long as the drawing fluid is painted on thick enough and the screen filler is evenly distributed, just make sure not to use too much because it will glob up at the bottom of your screen.
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My first original design printed on fabric.
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By Isobel the Insomniac
from Silver Spring, MD
If you use the screen cleaner that speedball makes it takes about 3 rounds of putting the cleaner on both sides, scrubbing, putting more on, letting it sit and then scrubbing under hot water. My screen was back to normal after that.
In this easy to follow demonstration, we'll show you how to screen print on a t-shirt using Speedball's drawing fluid and screen filler.
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