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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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Sep. 18th, 2005 05:37 pm (UTC)
hi. googled "how to screen print" and found this. EXCELLENT!!! thanks.

was curious...is it possible to use nail polish instead of glue for faster drying? do you think it would work? not familiar with modgepodge glue although i've heard of it. is it fast drying? thanks!
Sep. 18th, 2005 05:48 pm (UTC)
You can try it, I don't see why it wouldn't work, it'd just probably take a crap load of nail polish. Modge Podge dries in about 2 hours, I'd say.
Sep. 20th, 2005 12:47 am (UTC)
i love your directions! thanks so much you make it seem so easy!

one question... do you think that this would work on paper? should i try canvas instead? any suggestions to if i DID work on paper??

thanks! :)
Sep. 20th, 2005 03:52 am (UTC)
Re: paper?
I don't see why not. Give it a shot!
Oct. 1st, 2005 12:51 pm (UTC)
I hope you don't mind but I've added this to my memories.
It's so useful!
Oct. 3rd, 2005 05:27 pm (UTC)
line drawings
Can you use this technique to do line drawings?
Oct. 9th, 2005 10:45 pm (UTC)
Re: line drawings
I don't know what you mean, sorry.
Oct. 9th, 2005 10:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much. You are awesome.

I have a question, though: do you know how well this works on a sweatshirt?
Oct. 9th, 2005 10:45 pm (UTC)
I've used it on canvas bags with the same results as on t-shirts, so I'm assuming the results would be the same on a sweatshirt. Good luck!
Oct. 10th, 2005 02:35 am (UTC)
have you ever tried this on other things ie a tote bag? and I'm still a little confused as to what type of fabric you use... and can I just go to the store and be like I need this kind of fabric and they'll no what I mean?

PS I totally LOVE this project and can't wait to do it!
Oct. 10th, 2005 05:14 am (UTC)
Yup, it works just fine on tote bags. And the fabric..Hmmm...My grandma's curtains are made out of it, it's thin enough that when you hold it over your face you can see reasonably well and breathe through it, and it doesn't fold well. I guess if you went to a fabric store and asked for sheer materials you'd be able to pick out something that would work so long as ink can pass through it easily. Then again I'm sure just about any fabric would work somewhat if it was saturated enough.
Oct. 13th, 2005 06:56 pm (UTC)
How fun! I love it!
I'm gonna try this over the weekend.
I presume it works on paper....
Oct. 14th, 2005 01:07 am (UTC)
okay, i tried this method using tulle and it came out rather square-ish. is it because the net's too big (as in the holes are too big)?
Oct. 14th, 2005 02:54 am (UTC)
Re: confused
Yeah, using the sheer material (with "smaller holes") gives more detailed and less square-ish results.
Re: confused - muziekloverr - Oct. 17th, 2005 02:47 am (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 16th, 2005 01:31 am (UTC)
Awesome! This is very cool. ^^; I'll have to try this sometime! =D
Oct. 18th, 2005 11:42 pm (UTC)
Do you know how well the glue stencil works with bleach? I expect with plain bleach there'd be some bleeding, but it may work well with the stuff they put in bleach pens.

I've been trying to think of a good way to do this for some time. Thank you.
Oct. 19th, 2005 07:17 am (UTC)
thanks, the pictures really helped!!

^ visual learner.

Oct. 22nd, 2005 08:24 pm (UTC)
Holy crap.

That's.... Mind-blowing.

Here I've spent a good amount on screens that warp and piss me off and get loose and are impossible to re-stretch one you have a design on them that you want to keep for a good long while...

How much does the loom warp when you rinse the excess paint off?
Oct. 22nd, 2005 09:31 pm (UTC)
I don't saturate the whole thing or anything, just a light rinsing is usually enough to get the majority of the ink out. I haven't notice much, if any, warping.
Oct. 23rd, 2005 09:45 pm (UTC)
My mom had a screen printing kit, and I had to take it, because I always wanted to know how to do it. Thanks soooooooooo much.
Oct. 25th, 2005 09:13 pm (UTC)
I found this entry on google. it actually helped me a lot.

very nice directions. but i dont understand how the screen is reuseable... dont you put glue on it?
Oct. 25th, 2005 09:28 pm (UTC)
Re: question
The glue dries and doesn't wash off with water, so when you rinse out the ink the screen and glue stay put. The screen with the image is reusable, not the screen to reuse putting different images on. Fabric is like $1/yd, so it shouldn't be an issue.
Re: question - theunseen987 - Oct. 27th, 2005 05:00 pm (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 25th, 2005 11:30 pm (UTC)
really amazing thing!! I am so aching to try it! thank you for sharing. =)
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