I just got the speedball fabric kit in the mail and I wanted to share my first impressions. There half a dozen speedball kits and it takes some research to find out the difference between them and their purpose. I decided on the fabric kit because I screen print at t-shirts mostly. I will probably get one of the other kits soon so I can try screen printing paper and posters.
This post is just about what came in the box Firstly, I comes with these jars. This kit supports the photo emulsion technique (exposing your design to light) and the screen filler method (You fill in the areas by hand you want to block out for screen printing.)
The drawing fluid gives you an alternative way to do the filler method. Instead of blocking out what you do not want printed, you draw out what you do want printed with the drawing fuid, then coat over the entire screen with the filler, much like you would with photo emulsion. The drawing fluid will keep the filler from setting on the screen and you can wash it away. This kit comes with three speedball inks (all fabric inks): Black, blue and red. Luckily I am stocked up on the fabric and opaque 6 packs, because this is not a lot of variety. If this was my first kit, I might have liked to have yellow instead of black so I could mix more colors. With these the only other color I could get is purple. With yellow I could have had orange, green, brown & purple.
The smaller bottle is sensitizer for the photo emulsion. Its what activates the fluid so it works in sunlight. They keep it separate because once you mix them you only have at most 4 months to use it up before it expires, and that’s if you keep it refrigerated. Underneath is a squeegee, directions and the 10 x 14 inch screen printing frame. The directions that came with it were helpful. The were simple and comprehensive.
I also bought 3 16×20 speedball frames and some extra photo emulsion. I will be experimenting with multi-color printing with speedball over the next couple of days and I will post my results.