Since hearing about the make your own silk screen system from Screen Sensations I have debating getting one.
I therefore hit the internet to figure out whether I should or shouldn’t.
The MYOS28 is pitched as a revolution in DIY screen printing technology and was launched on Create and Craft TV as would be expected.
This kit, priced at £399, is predominantly intended to work alongside the Screen Sensations screen printing kit however if you use an alternate screen printing system, as long as the screen fits the frame, I guess you would be able to use it.
I had a good old hunt around the interweb for more info and found various pages and videos. Most of these were from the manufacturer because, as you would expect, not many people have had the chance to review it at the time I am writing this post.
FYI, this video overview featuring the lovely Diane Peternal, who I haven’t seen in yonks!
Looks super simple to use!
Now, I will be honest, I am like you and I did go to the good old internet and see if I could do this for less.
The short answer is, yes – but…
The longer answer is, it’s hit and miss. Sure there are plenty of tutorials for DIY screens using silk stockings, old canvas frames, mod podge, vinyl and various other bits and pieces that you might have at home already BUT all of them have caveats attached.
One example showed DIY screens that did not need a light source or photo-reactive resist being applied to the screen BUT you don’t get fine detail as you were painting on the resist by hand and you will need a lot of masking tape.
Another showed an ‘easy and cheap’ method BUT you needed an electronic cutting machine to do it their way – which is not cheap.
There are other mid-range options BUT you will need a strong light source, photo-reactive paste and a few other bits and pieces possibly maybe.
Then, of course, there are the professional systems that I found that stretched into the thousands of pounds. I obviously didn’t look any further at those as this creative avenue is not a full-time business for me and I am not a fringe music band looking to make my own ‘merch’.
So, back to the MYOS from Screen Sensations. I asked myself a few questions.
Does the kit contain everything/What else will I need?
Well, the info that I found shows that you get the machine, 4 screens, cleaning tray/sponge brush and printable acetate.
So, whilst all of the equipment to operate the machine and make the screens are supplied, I would still need some way of printing onto the acetate.
Do I have or have access to the above ‘extra’ bits?
Yes. I have a computer and a printer already.
Over and above that, whilst these things are NOT required and thinking creatively, I have a LOT of rubber stamps and also some dies that I could cut out and place onto the screen to act as the pattern. I do also have an electronic cutting machine that I could use to cut vinyl sheet to make a design.
Also, I might be able to get the local copy shop to help out for a few bob.
In short, I [personally] don’t need to buy anything else. Phew!
Can I see myself using it?
Maybe. With my mission to get back into more sewing and mixed media crafts, I can see many opportunities and applications to use this system.
Can I afford it?
Even though various discounts and flexible payment options will make it more manageable I can’t strictly afford it at this time – I’m a struggling independent artist/designer you know – boo hoo, right, lol!
So, the all important question – will I get one?
In time, maybe. Who knows. Time is a funny thing and it brings us all sorts of surprises. I mean, it is something of interest but there are plenty of other things on my list that I would like to get first.
What are your thoughts? I would love to hear your take on it too.
Anyway, thanks for stopping by and listening to me try and justify spending money on myself, lol!
Bye for now.