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Before printing samples you must of all exhaust all print possibilities i.e. scale, variations, mark making, pattern generation and colourways etc. on paper first. Samples are a good way to test out how your paperwork translates when taking into production (i.e. fabric). The original paper samples can change dramatically depending upon the selection of dyes, fabrics and processes that you elect to experiment with or use. For example you can use the same exposed screen to experiment with pigment, procion, devore or discharge etc. depending upon the suitability of the image. Small scale testing onto cloth can open up a range of development ideas simply not possible or imaginable while sitting in your studio space.

1. Make sure that the screen you choose is the correct size. Making sure you have at least a 5cm margin outwith your separation area and within the frame of the screen. This is to allow room for the dye and squeegee to work within.
2. Ensure that each individual colour separation has identically placed registration marks. These marks are normally a cross - placed 2cm outwith the design area on each corner.
3. Experiment with a variety of techniques using a variety of mediums and textures onto the Seritrace to ensure that you get the quality of mark that you require. Liquid opaque. Litho crayon/pencil. rotring ink/pen etc. - try them and see. You can also photographic film or photocopies on acetate (if it is opaque enough).
4. Make sure that your separation marks are OPAQUE - if any light can get through your separation marks then they will not expose correctly - check on a LIGHTBOX before exposing.


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