Any paper recommendations for screenprinting?
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I'm new to Etsy, and to Printsy, so firstly a big hello to all Printsy members :-)
Can anyone can recommend any particular papers for screenprinting? Or for printmaking generally?
I've experimented with a few over the past few months and by far the best I've found is Fabriano 5 which is a good untextured white paper, 50% cotton rag with a nice deckle on two edges. But... it's quite expensive.
Can anyone recommend any others? Many thanks in advance!
Rich (Beyond Thrilled)
Posted at 12:12 pm Feb 14, 2011 EST
A few good general printmaking papers are Rives Lightweight and Heaveyweight (which are differenet from BFK which is also very good) and Stonehenge is a very good general purpose paper. Never tried any of these for silkscreening. The only SS paper I have used is Arches 88 but it has been a long time.
Posted at 6:42 pm Feb 16, 2011 EST
I use Somerset Satin, White 300gms 56 x 76cm, which is £2.33 in the UK:
Posted at 12:26 pm Feb 18, 2011 EST
The set up cost of a home screenprinting studio really depends on how 'home made' you want it to be. We do our screen printing in a professional studio with vacuum beds and a big exposure unit, but there are some really great artists out there doing work from home.
I would definitely say you should get some sort of vacuum set up. There are plans to build simple ones if you hunt around on google. Exposure is a bit of a pain depending on how detailed your work is, but you can do it with really powerful halogens or halides (not amazing results). We got fed up with all the messing about so that's why we moved to a studio. I think it basically goes like this... Spend less money get more problems. $150 an up if you want to make your own bed and exposure set up. $1000 and up if you want to start buying second hand gear. We are in the UK so prices of stuff may vary. Hope this helps a bit. :)
Posted at 6:26 pm Mar 30, 2011 EDT