Our submission was born during a screen print experiment exercise when we discovered a unique way to bend the traditional use of “Glow in the Dark” Phosphorescent ink, allowing it to reveal glowing colors by using one Glow in the Dark ink.
We then thought of how we could create a piece of artwork that contained the correct elements that could showcase this unique technique. It was during the creation process and development of the artwork, we wanted to show elements of deep space and by using the brilliantly colored nebula’s to enhance the colors of glowing light.
Have a look inside the Viewing Box to see the full effect. First, you will see the brightly colored and highly detailed printed effect of the nebula image printed on black fabric. Enjoy that!! Now, close your eyes and let them adjust to the darkness. While your eyes are still closed, turn the Viewing Box light OFF. Now open your eyes to see the surprise of the colorized glow in the dark effect.
The HIMITSU artwork is a composite image with raster images created in Photoshop and the vector elements imported from Illustrator. The design was then color separated into channels in Separation Studio using Spot Process.
Each of the screens were created by sending each individual channel via our STM-TEX SignTronic Digital Direct Laser Screen Imaging System and using SATTI pure photopolymer emulsion. Mesh counts of 225 threads per inch were used for colors and 110 for the special effect.
The design was then screen printed using High Solids Acrylic Water Based inks were used with some colors fortified with Fluorescent pigments. The Glow in the Dark "special effect" was created using a single special photo-luminescent pigment over-printed in the specifically chosen areas.