Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The Yudu

May have to invest in one of these! Via Sister Diane viacraftstylish...One of the coolest things about going to CHA is seeing lots of brand-new craft supplies and tools. I thought I'd take a few posts here to share some things that had my crafty fingers tingling in anticipation.

The Provo Craft booth was mobbed with people during the show, and it was all because of the Yudu. It's a portable, all-in-one screen printer, and Provo had a whole fleet of them cranking out screened T-shirts for an excited crowd.

Yudu's design is pretty genius: It comes with a metal mesh screen. You cover it with a sheet of emulsion, and place a transparency (printed from your home printer) over the emulsion. Then the Yudu's built-in light table exposes the emulsion

You can pull a bunch of prints, and then—here's the best bit—wash the emulsion right out of the screen. Then you can reburn it with new designs again and again. The print area is 11 inches x 14 inches—sized for a T-shirt front, but you can print all kinds of fabrics and papers.

Yudu uses water-based, nontoxic inks, which come in lots of great colors.

There's a great, detailed video tutorial over at the Yudu website, along with diagrams, inks and accessories, and more.

'Scuse me now...I need to go screen print everything in sight.

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