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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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Aug. 17th, 2005 02:15 am (UTC)
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Aug. 17th, 2005 02:57 am (UTC)
looks like an awesome tutorial.
i'm definetly saving it for later.
'cause i can't stencil if my life depended on it.

Aug. 17th, 2005 03:57 am (UTC)
good job!
i started doing some D.I.Y. screen print t-shirts a couple of years ago, and sorta learned things on my own, so i hope you don't mind me giving a couple of tips that i learned on the way:

i use cheap acrylic paint, the general all-purpose kind found in the craft department of most department stores for around $1 a bottle.

i don't add anything to the paint, but to set the paint after it has dried to the touch, i turn the shirts inside out and run them through the dryer for at least 30 minutes. i have shirts i screened close to three years ago that i still wear today and they still look good. the paint becomes part of the shirt and doesn't have that "plastic feel" you get from shirts that use inks like plastisol.

use a thick piece of cardboard inside the shirt and stretch the shirt tight. nothing worse than going over a wrinkle with a squeegee or having black spots on the back of a white shirt!

easy way to do letters? buy some letter stickers (like for mailboxes and stuff) put them on the screen, apply the glue (or screen blocker) and then carefully pull up the stickers.

Aug. 17th, 2005 04:07 am (UTC)
Re: good job!
Great tips, thanks!
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Re: good job! - i_want_that_tee - Apr. 15th, 2006 01:59 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 21st, 2005 04:52 am (UTC)
You ROCK for this tutorial.....i have had some minor success with spraypaint and some thick arse paper. It didn't look screen printed at all...it looked really really really shitty, but meh, that was kindof the look i was going for so :)
Aug. 21st, 2005 07:26 am (UTC)
There's A Typo
You have a typo. I believe it should be "food" underneath the meat. Nice rare meat.
Aug. 21st, 2005 01:19 pm (UTC)
Re: There's A Typo
After seven pages of comments, please don't think you're being original. You eat them, I don't, and that's fine.
Aug. 24th, 2005 07:48 pm (UTC)
How much usually is the Speedball ink?
Aug. 24th, 2005 11:59 pm (UTC)
About $8 I've found.
Aug. 28th, 2005 02:51 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for this tutorial! :)
Aug. 29th, 2005 01:30 pm (UTC)
Some questions
I have a few questions. I'm a newbie at this so don't hate me!

This is what I'm using. My results didn't come out quite how I expected. I either had too much ink or too little and the details didn't come out. If they did it had too much paint and the lines became too thick.

- Curtain sheer material (white)
- Fabric paint (none of the stores around me have the Speedball fabric ink otherwise I would've gotten that)
- A piece of white cloth to do my stencil testing. (white)
- I have regular paintbrushes, stencil brushes, and those sponge brushes. (I tried them all and the results came out still funky.)
- A piece of cardboard to go under the cloth.
- Modge Podge glue.

Do you have any suggestions/tips for newbies?
When you finally get down to painting the stencil onto the t-shirt what kind of brush do you use? Is it a regular brush or one of those stencil brushes? What's the best way to put the paint on with the best results?
What kind of brush do you apply the glue with? Do you just paint the glue around and inside of the image?
How do you go about cleaning your "stencil?"
Is it possible to do a somewhat detailed stencil with this method?

Again, sorry for all the questions!
Aug. 29th, 2005 03:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Some questions
I don't know what "type" of brushes I use, just the cheap $2 ones that are normally on sale in packs of four, haha. I stipple the ink through--I don't know how to describe "stipple" other than "mash", so that's probably no help. I'm not sure how good fabric paint would work, you might want to try acrylic paint; it's what I've been told works second best to the ink. Paint the glue in the negative space, where you don't want ink to go through. And I've never done very detailed things, but you can reasonably do text a half inch tall, for example.
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Sep. 6th, 2005 05:21 pm (UTC)
ok, so i stumbled across this and was thrilled. i've made my screen, and just attempted a test run on a piece of paper with india ink. the details bled and blurred and it looks like a big blob. is there a big difference between regular ink and screenprinting ink? does screenprinting ink have some body to it rather than just being liquid? if so, how do you get it out of the screen so that it dosen't clog? so you wash your screen? does the modpodge not get wet again and shift or peel off or anything?
Sep. 6th, 2005 05:25 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, screen printing ink is MUCH different than regular ink. It has the consistency of pudding, I'd say, and washes out of the screen with just water when it's still wet. If you let it dry, of course though, it's permanent. You can try using acrylic paint too if you can't get a hold of screen printing ink.
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Sep. 7th, 2005 04:14 pm (UTC)
My method is similar... always nice to see different methods...thanks
Sep. 10th, 2005 01:47 am (UTC)
hi! i was browsing online to see if i could figure this out and i stumbled across this lj. that helps so much! i bought a speed ball kit tonight and i dont understand it at all. i have until sunday to make shirts so now i'm trying to figure it out. i needed pictures to help me understand it b/c the instructions are complicated! thanks <333
Sep. 12th, 2005 12:19 am (UTC)
I *love* you for putting this up, so far I"ve made 4 tshirts and a hoodie, it works great! Just some things I've found useful:

I have this great plastic bristle flat brush, about the shape of this (a little longer, of course): |____| it's really stiff and you can jab the screenprinter's ink really well with it. For the Modge Podge, I use a skinny, but long pointy, fairly soft brush, for fine details I use just the tip and a tiny bit of glue, and then for larger areas the whole thing, and that works pretty well. Also, I always hold my screen up to the light to check for holes and missed places when done gluing.

As for drying, I started using an embossing powder dryer (used in rubber stamping). It's great, cause it'll dry the ink as well as heat set it, in about 30 secs to a side (they get really hot), so it really speeds up the drying/setting time. Plus, it's really portable, so if I wanted to I could heat set a pair of shoes if I wanted to (I'm plotting a pair of orange cons for my favorite band's final show...)

http://www.speedballart.com/pdf/SDB%2005%20Catalog-ScreenPrint.pdf Here's speedball's catalogue, I think they have an order thing at the bottom of it. You want to get the Fabric Screen Printing Ink. It's worth the 8 bucks!
Sep. 12th, 2005 01:30 am (UTC)
I tried this once and my screen wrinkled when the modge podge dried, I think the hoops may have been too loose:(
Sep. 15th, 2005 05:57 am (UTC)
modge podge gloss or modge podge matte?
is there a difference? thoes are the modge podge products i found at hobby lobby.
Sep. 15th, 2005 01:27 pm (UTC)
I don't think it matters for this, so long as it's not water soluble.
Sep. 17th, 2005 09:11 pm (UTC)
Okay so I love your tutorial! It helps so much.

Anyway, I've got my image on the fabric and I used the mod podge on it. I was wondering if there was any way to like, test it without using ink? I just want to see if I like the way the picture comes out but I don't want to waste my ink. Any suggestions?
Oct. 9th, 2005 10:46 pm (UTC)
Hmm...I can't think of anything to use except maybe some acrylic paint on scrap fabric. I don't really go through ink fast at all so I wouldn't worry too much about wasting it though.
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