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Cheap screen printing tutorial

Alright, I've finally had the time to "screen print" another shirt, so here's the tutorial...

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blackdreams
Jun. 27th, 2005 01:36 pm (UTC)
so i tried this this weekend. but it turns out the nylons i bought where too small, & i bought india ink, which my boyfriend said would'nt work. (or will it?)
my question is, once you make a pattern to print on the nylon (or whatever) can you use it more than once? or do you have to draw a new one everytime?
girlx512
Jun. 27th, 2005 02:38 pm (UTC)
I have no idea if India ink will work...I'd make sure to put a good amount of newspaper between the front and back of the t-shirt to make sure it doesn't run through and dab it on very carefully. Maybe do a test run on a scrap piece of material so you don't ruin whatever t-shirt you're working with in case it doesn't work out.

And you can re-use the screens over and over again, yes.
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steventhemute
Jun. 28th, 2005 04:38 am (UTC)
So, can the fabric/nylon you buy be too thin at all? Also, how much do all the things you need to do this cost all together, minus the shirt?
girlx512
Jun. 28th, 2005 04:43 am (UTC)
I don't know if it can be too thin, I doubt it. Glue - $8, ink - $8, fabric - $1.50, cheap brushes - $2, embroidery hoop - $1 or less = less than $25 and all but the fabric can be reused, though there will probably be left overs.
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syntheticjesso
Jul. 1st, 2005 03:58 am (UTC)
I love you. So much. Memories-ized, and will be linking to many people.

Faaaantabulous.
lumdrunkbum
Jul. 8th, 2005 06:05 am (UTC)
SICK
where can i find these materials like the ink,glue,and embroidery hoop??i checked michales but had no luck can u help??
girlx512
Jul. 8th, 2005 02:37 pm (UTC)
Re: SICK
I buy them all at Hobby Lobby. You can get some of them even at Walmart, but the ink would be harder to find.
rancidracoon
Jul. 10th, 2005 01:37 pm (UTC)
oh..... WOW. kowtow, kowtowwww! the world is a better place because of u. hehe.
beverly_
Jul. 11th, 2005 12:11 am (UTC)
hey, I just wanted to ask if you know whether fabric paint would work as well as screen printing ink because I can't seem to find screen printing ink at all.
girlx512
Jul. 11th, 2005 03:19 am (UTC)
Yes, fabric paint will work, I've used it before, I just hate the way it looks. You can try using acrylic paint with a textile medium mixed in; I've never tried it, but I know many people use it to paint onto clothes and such with good results.
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chemicalemily
Jul. 14th, 2005 07:00 pm (UTC)
Definitely a kickass tutorial. My mom and I are always saying, 'That would make an awesome t-shirt,' but we never get around to doing it. When I was younger I used that shitty iron-on stuff, you know, the stuff that falls off after a month? But this is definitely WAY better. Thanks!
karak411
Jul. 14th, 2005 10:05 pm (UTC)
More questions?
Yay this seriously rocks. I know you've heard this 7 pages worth, but really it does.

A few questions:
1. Could you use bleach on the screen, with a colored tee, to create a different effect?

2. The prospect of painting all that glue on, so perfectly, makes me sweaty. Could you: use elmers glue to draw on the actual picture (the positive), let it dry and then glob on the Modge Podge, let it dry, and then wash the screen so the elmers goes away

3. For letters, can you use stickers and modge podge over them. Kinda like the method I'm talking about in question 2.

Thanks oh so much. i am soooooooo excited to do this!! I'm a teacher and I think my student council students would get a kick out of this as a fund raising project too.

Yay screenprinting!
girlx512
Jul. 14th, 2005 11:54 pm (UTC)
Re: More questions?
Really, for all three questions, I have no idea; you should try them and let us all know!
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murderers_bees
Jul. 18th, 2005 11:40 pm (UTC)
FANTASTIC! I have to try this.
_sexxontheradio
Jul. 22nd, 2005 09:33 am (UTC)
Hi hi, thanks for the wonderful tutorial. I'm very interested in printing on t-shirts but have had no idea where to start. I bought a iron-on pack the other week, but the results have been very bad. I'm hoping that your method will work alot better! I was just wondering, if you are unable to find a shirt colour that you want, can you buy a white one, dye it and then screenprint on it? Or would the dye affect the screenprint that would go on it. Stupid question, I know.. but I really don't want to waste money and mess something up!!
girlx512
Jul. 22nd, 2005 02:25 pm (UTC)
I don't see why the shirt dye would affect the ink, so long as it was thoroughly washed after dying. Walmart carries a wide variety of t-shirt colors in the boy's and men's sections, though I'm partial to Hobby Lobby's selections. Good luck!
sashafiero
Jul. 26th, 2005 03:12 pm (UTC)
Firstly, this is a fantastic tutorial. My hubby's website is wanting to do shirts, and this would be a great way to have lots of designs without having to have 20 shirts purchased before they're even printed.
My idea is to use fabric paint in place of the modgepodge, so 1) you could see where it was going better and 2) you'd have a fine tip to use. Orrrrr perhaps put the modge podge into a bottle with a fine tip, and add a little food coloring? That'd probably be cheaper. Orrrrr outline with fabric paint and fill with modge podge. XD
iguanaartgirl
Jul. 26th, 2005 03:51 pm (UTC)
That.... is absolutely.... ingenious

You have just become my hero. OMG
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girlx512
Aug. 5th, 2005 04:04 am (UTC)
Re: Question
I used sheer curtain material for this "screen."
intimetobelate
Aug. 9th, 2005 01:49 am (UTC)
Awesome!
This is great, i'm totally doing it!
qaz_werty
Aug. 14th, 2005 09:44 pm (UTC)
Cleaning the Curtain Sheer
How are you guys cleaning the curtain sheer? I can get the paint out, but I'm having a lot of trouble removing the glue from it. Any tips would be great.

Great guide, btw.
girlx512
Aug. 15th, 2005 12:30 am (UTC)
Re: Cleaning the Curtain Sheer
You don't remove the glue, that's the point of it being non-water-soluble.
Re: Cleaning the Curtain Sheer - qaz_werty - Aug. 16th, 2005 04:04 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Cleaning the Curtain Sheer - girlx512 - Aug. 16th, 2005 04:47 am (UTC) - Expand
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