After the success of the first experiment, I moved on to the second one with all the forethought of a pig jumping off a cliff. I painted my design onto the screen with modge podge (thinking it would easily peel off when dry).
Then I filled the screen with block-out, a really good thick layer, and let it dry outside overnight.
First mistake. I’d laid such a thick layer of filler that the excess seeped through to the other side of the screen and dried in big fat pimples.
That alone would have made it unusable. But wait, there’s more – thinking I could at least salvage one aspect of the experiment, I tried to peel off the dried modge podge. Second mistake. Dried modge podge on a screen mesh does not peel off no matter how hard you try.
Okay, bloody bugger, but still not the end of the world. I could wash all the stuff off and try something else, because modge podge and block-out are water soluble, right? Wrong. I’ve soaked it in the bath for hours, scrubbed it with Vim and acetone and washing soda, cursed at it, kicked it a couple of times for luck, but nothing. Unless I can find some kind of special chemical remover, this is now a permanently stuffed-up screen.
So, what can I take away from this fail? Don’t experiment with a brand-new screen; test out a theory on a scrap of mesh first. Like when you think it might be a good idea to use Nair on your upper lip instead of just your legs?- test it first on your inside wrist. If the skin revolts within two seconds, you’ll know you just saved your face from disaster.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing :-)