Here’s some continued coverage of the preparation for “SCREEN FIENDS.” We’ve been pulling the majority of our top screens with black plastisol. Plastisol is an oil-based printmaking ink, widely used in garment printing. It’s composed primarily of two ingredients, PVC resin (a white powder) and plasticizer (a thick, clear liquid). Plastisol inks have one outstanding characteristic, they must be heated to dry. They will not dry, or cure, at normal temperatures. For a complete cure, they must reach 290-330 Fahrenheit.
Seeing that plastisol NEVER dries unless really hot it makes a massive mess. We love making a mess. We got a BIG bucket of BATMAN BLACK plastisol ink. It’s been really fun/challenging/humbling printing the last couple of days. Although we’re are not novice printers, the stretched canvas and quantity of screens is ambitious.
Here’s a couple pics from last night, big bucket of ink, work on the drying rack, and our Iron Cross screen prior to printing….