I decided I was going to make some Christmas presents. Before I even took anything out of the box... I jumped onto the internet and starting googling Yudu tutorials, tips and tricks, etc etc. I found some of them very helpful, some of them not so much, and some just out-right annoying videos. Once I thought I knew what I was doing, I opened the box.
It was fun, like Christmas come early. I love new toys. And I really have to say, I love my Yudu. With that said, it wasn't out-of-the-box easy... and in fact I am still learning.
I took some screen printing classes in college, and thought it would all come back to me easily... not so much. Basic principles... I remember, technique... needs a little work. First of all couple things I learned....
- My Yudu DID NOT come with the manual it claims was in the box on the instructional DVD. I had to download it from their website.
- The emulsion sheets, that come in the box... are awful. I had read that they were not cost effective (and this is correct....), and that most people screwed up applying their first sheet. And so did I. Not only did I screw up the first one, but the second one as well. This is when I decided to take a trip to the Art store and apply the emulsion the old fashion way.
- I bought liquid emulsion. It works great in terms of burning the screen.... applying the emulsion is where I am still out of practice. For some reason, I remember it being easy in college... pull the emulsion up the screen with a scoop-coater and you get a nice even coat of emulsion. Right now I cant seem to get the nice even coat. I'm slightly drippy. Every screen I coat gets better... so I am thinking I am out of practice.
- Using inks other than Yudu brand ink... I had read that it was fine to use other inks. This is technically true... however, I did find that the Yudu ink because of its thickness- was much less runny and produced a crisper result. The other brand I found to work well was the Jacquard inks found in AC Moore or Jo-Anns.
I printed two designs directly onto aprons for my mother, and then did 1 the way I did the pot-holders/ and towels above. The extra fabric makes the aprons look cute, but I like both ways. She loved them all.
Next Yudu project is T-shirts for the Band... stay tuned for the outcome :)