Step 1: Expose Your Screen
Step one: Follow the instructions that came with your StencilPro to expose your screen. There are several different ways to expose your screen. I have found that the best method out of the options they offer is to print your image on a transparency and expose your screen in sunlight. You can print the transparency on an inkjet printer or a laser, you are not constricted to using laser like you are with gocco screens. It is nearly as fast as burning a gocco screen, just 30-45 seconds. Rinse your screen and let it dry, a few minutes will do. If you are impatient, I have found that a hairdryer speeds up the process.
Tip: I use an exposure frame from EzScreenPrint that costs about 8.00. I think the ones on the circuit bridge website are larger and more expensive. Here is the one I use: http://ezscreenprint.com/photoezminiexposureframes.aspx
Step 2: Create a Frame
Tip: If cutting up old boxes isn't your thing, you can purchase these %100 recycled pre-cut frames from me on my blog here.
Step 3: Attach Your Screen to the Frame
Tip: Be sure to tape the front and pack of the screen to prevent ink from pooling around the edges when you print.
Step 4: Attach Transparency Film
Step 5: Ink & Print
Step Six: Slide into your gocco and print.
Step 6: Rinse and Reuse
There you have it! A little more involved than the gocco screens, to be sure. Think of trying this method as learning to gocco all over again. Your first gocco prints were probably not your best. But you got the hang of the medium and soon you were consistently making good prints.
I have been using this method for a long time since I read of the health hazards of the gocco bulbs and wanted to gocco while pregnant. I have been happy with the results. The fact that you can reuse the screens makes the whole process worth while to me. Happy printing!
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