I'm intending to screen-print some 1 - 2mm thick sheet-plastic - which
has been prepared by sanding and laying down a base coat of primer -
with a fine-detailed design. I've already decided that photo-emulsion is
the way to go, and I've done enough reading to feel somewhat secure.
(Guess who hasn't done any screen-printing since she was in
My question is about ink and finishing.
Ideally, I want the finished product to have a very glossy look to it -
I'm creating dials for faux pocket watches, and so I'd like to have
something evocative of the porcelain or enamel dial that a real watch
Should I just use Speedball's regular acrylic ink to lay down the base
(white) coat, on top of the primed plastic, then use the same (in black)
for the dial's numerals/details, and then varnish the hell out of it
when it's dry, or is there such a thing as "enamel-based ink which is
safe for a silk screen and available in quantities LESS than a gallon"?
I'm worried about, oh, dissolving the screen with meths, or whatever one
uses to get enamel-ink out of a screen. And doesn't enamel ink require
some special conditions for drying?
(I should mention that "fabric" and "everything else" Speedball inks
seem to be my only options at the local art-mart.)
Any advice/suggestions for creating a "glossy" look on the finished
product would be appreciated. At this point, I'm leaning towards
"acrylic inks + polyurethane varnish" as it sounds like it would be
safer, less hassle, and more environmentally friendly - but I'd love to
hear from the experts. Thanks!