I love screen printing. I really do…but sometimes, working on posters exclusively gets to be a drag. You kinda feel like you are always working for someone else, and for someone who quit the day job circus to work for myself, I sometimes feel like I’m back to a place in my professional life I don’t want to be.
Should you ever want to take up screen printing, here is some wisdom I learned the hard way this week:
1) If you start a print/poster run, be sure to complete it that day you start it, if possible. Obviously, large print runs are difficult to complete the same day.
2) When coating your screens with photo emulsion, be sure it’s consistent and even. Slight inconsistencies in the thickness of the emulsion can really mess you up during the exposing/burning stage.
3) NEVER run out of emulsion.
4) Do your best.
5) Even screen printing by hand has its limitations, so don’t feel horrible if your layers don’t line up perfectly.
6) you are only human, and there are only so many hours in the day.
7) Sleep is sometimes overrated, but essential in maintaing fresh starts and fresh ideas.
8) If you can swing it, assistants and/or interns to help with even meager tasks are helpful to get you to the end of a print job.
9) Be careful not to break important printmaking stuff when frustrated. Could hinder you in finishing your job.
10) If your printing isn’t working out that day, come back to it tomorrow.
11) Give yourself PLENTY of time to work on a job/project.
12) Avoid doing most, if not all, print jobs at the last minute. TRUST ME.