Hi Ivy and Welcome
I'm new to this site (about a week now) and been painting about 3-4 years. These guys here are so full of support and encouragement - I feel right at home showing stuff I thought I'd never show and getting my imagination cooking just by seeing others works. I feel sorta strange being cast as an artist too because I thought my stuff just wasn't good enough. It seemed like a miracle if something turned out right. Now I don't care what I get called since I'm just having fun and I'm learning. I read this little book called "Art and Fear" and it helped get me over some issues we all get while creating. Looking forward to seeing what you create. Have fun!
Welcome Ivy! Never consider yourself not an artist...we all see things and create them differently...that's what makes it art! What comes from your own heart & soul is to be considered and not what everyone else is creating. Otherwise we would all create the same stuff and that would be rather borish!
hello and welcome Ivy. I found this site a few weeks ago and i think the things you can learn here and the encouragement you get are great. i read that you live in NC. i do too, in monroe but grew up in the roanoke rapids area. that you have a studio is great... my office corner is my studio and it's crazy. don't be shy now... get up some pics of your work and join in with us. looking forward to seeing them
So once i have my image printed onto transparency film, I take my Ezscreen silk screen which has been coated in light sensitive emulsion (These sheets come pre-coated so they are ready to use). Place it onto a black board, then place the transparency image on top (this part needs to be done in a dark room with no direct sunlight). I take it outside and expose it for 1 minute and 40 seconds (but time varies depending on time of day and strength of sunlight). After i have exposed the image i place it into a tub of water for around 5 - 8 minutes. Then i rinse the screen out under fast running water until the unexposed area (the black) washes away. I then expose the screen to the sun for a further 20mins to completely harden the light sensitive emulsion.
And this is the completed screen ready for printing. I simply use an old credit card to spread the ink over the screen making sure i do one complete full stroke across the screen (holding the credit card at a 45 degree angle). I immediately wash the screen out under fast flowing water and pat dry. I use fabric screen printing ink which washes out in water (which makes the process easy).
I love this product, their website is http://ezscreenprint.com/ (for full instructions and details on how to purchase this awesome product).