At Wandermap we create each individual map buy hand. Its a long and messy process which requires patients and skill, and is not a matter of 'pressing print'. There are several different stages in creating each personalised map, and here is a small insight into that process:
- Create the digital design for each personalised map, using Adobe software. Then have black negatives of the design printed on perspex.
- Coat silk screen with an even layer of light sensitive emulsion paint before allowing to dry.
- Expose printed negative onto prepared silk screen, using UV exposure unit.
- Clean unset emulsion from silk screen with water to create 'stencil', and allow to dry.
- Set up print bed, tape screen + bed, mix chosen paint, and load dried screen into print arm.
- Apply ink to screen and print on scrap paper until ink is evenly coming through.
- Print onto fine paper until hearts content
- Clean up! Wash, spray, jet, scrub, dry, store!
The screen printing process creates a very unique hand crafted finish, of which can't be matched on any digital printer. Each print is a piece of art in its own right, and should be enjoyed for its handcrafted tactility.
There is something very satisfying gained from creating each print, not necessarily just the final piece, but also this 'Messy process'.