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SILK-SCREEN PRINTING:

APPLICATIONS & TECHNIQUES

Liquitex Medium Viscosity Concentrated Artist Colors and High Viscosity Artist Colors offer artists a non-toxic approach for silk-screen techniques.

Medium Viscosity Concentrated Artist Color

  • Consistency of extra heavy cream. Can be squeezed or poured from container.
  • Easier to silk-screen through tight mesh screens.
  • Dries quickly on absorbent surfaces, such as paper.
  • May spread or "bleed" into absorbent surfaces, such as paper.

High Viscosity Artist Color

  • Heavy body consistency.
  • Less likely to spread or "bleed" when screen printing onto fabric.
  • Generally prints more opaque because of thicker paint application.
  • May clog in tight mesh screen.

Extending Drying Time

  • Mix up to 25% Liquitex Slow-Dri Fluid Retarder with Medium Viscosity Concentrated Artist Color to slow drying time 50% and allow for better transfer of paint to paper during printing, without significantly affecting opacity.
  • Mix up to 25% Liquitex Slow-Dri Gel Retarder with High Viscosity Artist Color to slow drying time 50% and allow for better transfer of paint to paper during printing, without significantly affecting opacity.
  • Mix Liquitex Slow-Dri Fluid and Gel Retarder to aftain intermediate consistency.

Helpful Hints During Printing

  • Prepare all paint necessary for printing before beginning.
  • Work quickly. Do not stop during printing.
  • Pre-wet screen with 1 part Liquitex Slow-Dri Fluid Retarder and 1 part water.
  • To prevent paint from drying on screen during printing, periodically spray screen during printing with 1 part Liquitex Slow-Dri Fluid Retarder and 1 part water. Too much spraying may cause paint to spread ("bleed") on paper.
  • For spot cleaning during silk-screen printing, remove paint from screen with a damp cloth as soon as screen clogs.
  • To clean major paint clogs on screen, stop printing immediately and clean screen with warm water and non-abrasive sponge or cloth. Blot with paper towel and continue printing.

Liquitex Mediums as Permanent Silk-screen

Stamping, Stenciling, Block Printing Refer to Part 2: Application & Techniques: Fabric

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