I have been in my craft room for the past three days Yudu-ing everything that I can put my hands on.
It is a fabulous tool. I have to say that it surpassed my expectations.
If you want one than you need to get one. You are going to have to weigh the cost benefit for yourself. But let me see what I can do to push you off the fence.
You must watch three YouTube Videos.
- The Impatient Crafter presents: I do, YuDu (Home Screenprinting Machine)
- Tutorial: Provo Craft Yudu Emulsion 101
- Getting to know the Yudu (it has seven parts)
The hardest part of the process is deciding what image. The type of image you choose will depend on the size of your screens.
There are two size screens 110 (which comes with the machine) and 220.
I have used only the 110s on the images in this post. When I tried to create a detailed image, the holes were too large and it lost the crispness that I was expecting. But I could see how the 220 would have been perfection!
I love bookplates. I had some copyright free images from Dover Publications.
The image on the right is the inverse of the image on the left. You are going to need to make as many images as you want to add layers of color.
The instructions are easy, the process just takes a long time. When Margot says that if you make the emulsion too wet you will be waiting and waiting and waiting... She is not exaggerating.
If you have a blow dryer, use it.
NOT A HEAT GUN!!!
You will melt it. Trust me... Don't ask.
Needless to say I am the proud owner of a blow dryer.
I hope that with the upgrade, they would put a stronger motor in it so that they could use a stronger fan to cut down on dry time. The screen must be completely dry in order for the ink, paint or dye not to bleed under.
But the light to emulsion ratio is perfect. Just leave the machine set for 8 minutes and you get a perfect, I mean to die for perfect, screen print.
OK, so now what all is good for the machine.
Basically, anything that can lay flat. I have done acrylic, handmade paper, lutrador, manila, chipboard, wood and metal.
It all boils down to understanding what ink, paint, or dye you are going to add to the top of the surface.
I love the black on the acrylic. I can see glittering up the peacock and stitching a book cover. Yes, that is what I have planned for that piece.
You can also use your personal cutter with vinyl to make a mask that can lay on the screen. This would cut down on all the dry time for the emulsion.
As you can tell, it also depends on what order to put the screens on your surface.
I should have reversed the blue and the black.
I loved the red and the silver.
Doing the two colors requires a bunch of patience. You have to line up the images. I was off on a few and that is just fine by me. But it can be done. I did it once.
The possibilities are endless.
until we meet again,