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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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Oct. 26th, 2005 03:57 am (UTC)
Amazing! My modge podge is drying right now!!! :D
Oct. 27th, 2005 03:08 pm (UTC)
this is great,
b/c when I use like cut out stencils,
it's not that neat looking all the time,
& it's pretty limited.
but I have a question?
y ou said you can use it over and over,
how do you clean it so the paint comes out but the glue stays??
I'm sure it's simple but just curious.
is the glue waterproof?
Oct. 27th, 2005 03:09 pm (UTC)
NEVERMIND. I read the top, a glue that isn't water soluble.
SORRY I'm an idiot.
Oct. 30th, 2005 02:26 am (UTC)
Sorry if this has been answered cause there appeas to be around 9 pages of comments...

But can you wash the glue out ever?!?

i know there is a propper screen printing product that works te same way but can be washed out a certain way. But modge podge is lots cheaper!! :)
Oct. 30th, 2005 04:52 am (UTC)
Nope, the Modge Podge is permanent in the "screen."
Oct. 30th, 2005 05:01 pm (UTC)
I'm in the midst of my first test. I'm wondering - how does the print hold up to washing? I'll likely avoid tossing them in the dryer, but what about the washing machine?

Thanks - this is great.
Oct. 30th, 2005 05:20 pm (UTC)
Mine have held up fine with washing and drying in machines. After a more than a year of normal use it has faded a bit, but nothing spectacular.
(no subject) - talierin - Jan. 17th, 2006 09:57 am (UTC) - Expand
Nov. 3rd, 2005 12:09 am (UTC)
i was wondering if anyone had tried to do this on black fabric. i want to put gold (or other light metallics) on black shirts, and i don't know if it would be best to get gold ink and do it this way, or just try to work with sequins or spray glue with glitter or something. it's for 60 shirts so i feel like this would be a lot cheaper than having it done. i also want these to hold up through washings, and this seems like it would be a permanent deal, as long as it worked correctly. thanks!!
Nov. 6th, 2005 07:30 pm (UTC)
I've used white ink on black fabric, so it might be worth laying down a layer of white and then doing another layer of gold on top of that. Good luck!
(no subject) - captainsquare - Dec. 16th, 2005 03:52 am (UTC) - Expand
Nov. 6th, 2005 07:24 pm (UTC)
modge podge?
im from the UK so can't get it from one of the stores you mention and i can't find it ANYWHERE. the only thing i can find is a product calle mod podge but it says water based can be cleaned with soap and water so i know that's usless. will any waterproof glue work?

thanks for a really great and helpfully tutorial x
Nov. 6th, 2005 07:30 pm (UTC)
Re: modge podge?
Any waterproof glue should be fine...I know some people in this thread have even used nail polish!
Re: modge podge? - xgetxitx - Nov. 6th, 2005 07:32 pm (UTC) - Expand
Nov. 10th, 2005 03:40 am (UTC)
Hey, I thought this was neat, so, to keep it forever I printed it to a PDF manual(the internet changes too much).
Thought you might like to have it for yourself.
Nov. 10th, 2005 03:43 am (UTC)
Oh, and I didnt really ask, but can I keep that up, spread the love, and whatnot?
Nov. 10th, 2005 05:19 am (UTC)
Wow, that's awesome--thanks! And yes, continue spreading the love and thank you for asking; so many blogs/etc. have done it without.
Nov. 11th, 2005 02:09 pm (UTC)
i didnt know whether or not to reply to what i already said or not soo..
i mae a screen up, and let the glue dry etc and it was fine, so i painted over it it came out reallllys blobby and pathes missing, so i did it with a bit more and it covered it well but was clear where id not put glue on the outside of the design, is tape okay to use?
also for the very detailed bits what sized brush do you use?
ill upload a picture when im done.
Nov. 11th, 2005 02:27 pm (UTC)
I don't see why tape wouldn't be fine to use...Go ahead and give it a try. And I also have no idea what size brush I use, haha. A small one? I just buy the crappy $1.99 4 brush variety packs and use those.
(no subject) - xgetxitx - Nov. 21st, 2005 10:35 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - xgetxitx - Nov. 21st, 2005 10:37 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - ewedevil - May. 17th, 2006 02:37 am (UTC) - Expand
Nov. 13th, 2005 08:41 pm (UTC)
So you can do the same thing with an even bigger embroidery hoop and picture? Because I'm thinking about making some t-shirts to sell at a rat show I'm going to in December, also, if you're using the same color of ink, same design, etc. Can you just place it on a different t-shirt and give it a fresh coat of ink for each one?
Nov. 13th, 2005 11:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Question
Yes and yes...Good luck!
Nov. 14th, 2005 03:54 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for an AMAZING tutorial!
Here's mine,

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Nov. 17th, 2005 03:56 am (UTC)
Just adding my thanks to the chorus. I've made two patterns and they look nice in the test prints I've made. I'm going to do the "real" shirts tomorrow. Many thanks for posting this guide.
I'd suggest, though, putting a piece of cellaphane between the image and the screen when you're laying down the glue. Instead of tracing the image and then applying the Modge Podge, you can apply the Modge Podge directly to the screen. It also gives the glue a surface to dry on that's easy to pull away. Plus you don't have to worry as much about tracing.
Again, thanks for posting this. It's fantastic.
Nov. 17th, 2005 06:36 am (UTC)
craft boy
hey hey hey, i went to michals and there are like 53 million different brands of modge podge. what kind do you recomend? I tried out the screening with a different glue and it was too sticky and the smell made me sick. Um..yes if you could please help that would be great. BTW that tutorial is so cool! It's helping poor bands (like the one i'm in) out.

Nov. 17th, 2005 02:54 pm (UTC)
Re: craft boy
Mmm...Modge Podge for screen printing fabric is what I use. It comes in a plastic jar like jam does.
Re: craft boy - st4rfox - Nov. 17th, 2005 04:47 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: craft boy - girlx512 - Nov. 17th, 2005 06:14 pm (UTC) - Expand
Dec. 1st, 2005 01:50 pm (UTC)
argh. detailing is the most difficult part. especially with GLUE!

how did you get such a fine detail around the eyes and notes and such? i have lettering on my shirt that i want to be SHARP. but in between letters and such is so small that i'm guessing is going to be nearly impossible to put glue around and keep it sharp. :/

sample image (not the real colors, just a quick sketch.)

Dec. 27th, 2005 05:01 pm (UTC)
Re: detail!
Use the tightest weave sheer fabric that you can and experiment with just the text first (to save time and effort!). I'd love to see if you could get it to work out.
Re: detail! - rainbowflavored - Jan. 9th, 2006 09:50 pm (UTC) - Expand
Dec. 1st, 2005 11:15 pm (UTC)
I used tulle and it came out looking pixelated. Opps. Tulle = Bad unless it is a really fine mesh.

I also used fabric paint that I dabbed on through the screen and it came out looking really nice (really black, not splotchy, flat). Good alternative to screen printing ink.
Dec. 15th, 2005 07:23 pm (UTC)
i got polyester chiffon in the bridal section of a fabric store. very fine grain. really smooth edges.
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