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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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from Panama City, FL
Comments about Speedball Drawing Fluid and Screen Filler:
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.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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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.
Images shared by Ainsley Artist of Many Mediums.
My first original design printed on fabric.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
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.
Easier way to clean it up
from Great Falls, MT
I really like the drawing fluid and screen filler. It works well especially for the kids that would rather draw or paint in my classes than work on a computer. I have found that using the original Mr. Clean with a nail brush (or a bristled brush that isn't too stiff) and a little bit of elbow grease it cleans out of the screens really well. The kids even volunteered to clean more!
(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
from Birmingham, AL
The fluid doesn't wash out easily, even with scalding water and Greased Lightning. I put a hole in one of my screens attempting to remove this filler, and the screen still was tinted red.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: We apologize, it sounds as though you have received defective product. At Blick we attempt to send out every order free from defect or damage. However, these types of issues do arise occasionally. Customers who receive defective or damaged items should contact our Customer Service department via email or by calling (800) 723-2787 and we will work with you to rectify the situation.
(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)
Okay since it's the only option...
By Printer in Texas
from Slaton, TX
I use water based inks and there are not a lot of options available at Dick Blick as screen fillers/blockouts. It's not that difficult to use but requiring hot water for cleanup is a problem if you don't have a sink with hot water available. The chemical degreaser Greased LIghtning does remove it but you still need to use hot water and the fumes can be very strong.Other than this problem, the screen filler works fine as a blockout. I'd rather deal with this product than switch to oil based inks that are more hazardous.The water based drawing fluid seems to be the same as the commercially available fluids but is more expensive due to the size.
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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