not so clever after all

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).

modge podge

Then I filled the screen with block-out, a really good thick layer, and let it dry outside overnight.

screen filler

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 :-)


19 thoughts on “not so clever after all

  1. Gail

    It all sounds too ghastly for words but the silver lining, if you go by the saying that problems are character building, is that you must be a very powerful character now. I remember Nair, terrifying stuff.

  2. gentlestitches

    I am spinning up a storm but OH the first few attempts!. I actually spread my first fleece onto my lawn and it just sucked up all the grass never to let go of it again. Ah hindsight! So very grand it is. :-D. You will be an awesome screen printer I just KNOW it. Plus thank you for sending the tips. <3

  3. tgonzales

    Oh Jill! I know your little mishap is a terrible thing; but you still always manage to make me laugh. Good luck with your next project. Love and hugs, Tamara

  4. kathrynrubidoux

    perhaps nailpolish remover/ paint thinner may help soften it up enough to remove from the screen? Actually, now that I think about it, I think those are the same as the “methylated spirits” as mentioned by the previous poster. Use good ventilation.

    1. jill goldberg

      I tried all those things, including meths (I found half a bottle tucked at the back of the cupboard under the sink). I didn’t remember ever buying the meths, so I opened the bottle and took a good sniff – to see if it was still fresh. Like you do with milk, you know. Boy was it ever. I had to sit down for a few minutes :-)
      PS. It didn’t work on the screen either. Tomorrow I talk to the professionals…

      1. kathrynrubidoux

        Keep that up and soon you’ll be seeing all sorts of pretty colours and saying “groovy” alot.
        I hope you’ll be able to salvage the screen. Mod Podge can be a cruel mistress at times.

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