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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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Jan. 16th, 2006 12:04 am (UTC)
very nice i have been wondering how to do this!
you made it look so easy, i hope it is for me
Jan. 16th, 2006 01:26 am (UTC)
thank you so much
i run a website (
)and we plan to start printing soon. put i was always unsure what inks and glue to use. and i was always afraid it would look like poo.
was just voted the worst show on the internet. meatloaf.
Jan. 16th, 2006 02:20 am (UTC)
Dear PersonWhoMadeThisTutorial,

I have wanted to make my own shirts for ages, and a random google search brought me here.

You are amazing. And I actually have seen Speedball inks and screenprinting kits and things before! Amazing!

I just ordered 6 blank tshirts online (haha!) and I am so excited to get started.

So thank you very very much!
Jan. 18th, 2006 05:40 pm (UTC)
i google'd "how to screenprint" and this site seemed most user-friendly, so i looked at it first. and i was right. thank you so much for posting this. i'm going to go screenprinting crazy now.
Jan. 19th, 2006 10:57 pm (UTC)
Is screen printing the same as "silkscreen"?
Just wondering, cause I'm not familiar with this stuff.

Nice tutorial though, I might actually use it because I'm in a school club, and we might make some t-shirts.

Jan. 24th, 2006 08:43 pm (UTC)
Hey thanks! Do you have any tips for if you're just putting words on the shirt? You have to print it out backwards, right?
Jan. 25th, 2006 09:43 pm (UTC)
nevermind about the text -_- I see that you've done text on there, i was too distracted by the cow before. haha. but anyway, I don't know if theres a big enough embroidery hoop for the thing i want to screen, do you know of anything bigger that would work?
(no subject) - sn0qualmie - Feb. 1st, 2006 06:55 am (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 2nd, 2006 09:49 pm (UTC)
Ink Quality
I was wondering how the ink should look. I may not have used enough because its not glossy like other screen printed things. Do I need to add chemicals or anything to change this. Do I need more ink?

I washed it once and it kind of faded as well so I dont know what I did wrong.
Feb. 12th, 2006 03:50 am (UTC)
Re: Ink Quality
Mine doesn't really fade, but it's not glossy either. It's more of an ink that absorbs.
Feb. 12th, 2006 03:37 am (UTC)
what kind of glue do you recommend?
Feb. 12th, 2006 03:49 am (UTC)
"a glue that isn't water-soluble (I use Modge Podge)"
Feb. 13th, 2006 11:07 pm (UTC)
If I was doing this or even a stencil. When I get to the point of adding the ink. Do you use a brush or I guess my question is how do I apply the ink? Oh and you have amazing patience in answering repeat questions without complaining just thought I'd give a different compliment :). Hopefully this isnt?

Feb. 14th, 2006 12:19 am (UTC)
Re: Ink
Well, "stipple" is the best way to describe it. It's sort of a firm vertical dabbing with a stiff paint brush. Did that make any sense? Haha :o)
Re: Ink - mike35 - Feb. 14th, 2006 12:23 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Ink - girlx512 - Feb. 14th, 2006 12:25 am (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 2nd, 2006 05:07 am (UTC)
i searched through google for "screen printing DIY" and this is the best tutorial i found. awesome!
Mar. 5th, 2006 04:26 pm (UTC)
i have one question, should i put several layers of tulle in the hoop or is one good?
thanks for this tutorial i'm well on my way to creating many kicky shirts now!
Mar. 5th, 2006 04:28 pm (UTC)
I've only ever used one layer, but since tulle is a "looser weave" (er, has bigger holes), a few layers might work. If you give it a try, let us know.
(no subject) - katgrrl - Mar. 5th, 2006 05:32 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 8th, 2006 03:45 am (UTC)
i read about 6 pages of comments and didn't see it(sorry if it was asked anyway) is there anyway to tint the modgepodge so that it's not so hard to see the holes? i had a HELL of a time last night doing it. i had a headache from looking at it against the lightbulb haha. or is there just an easier way... i tried putting it on white paper and black soooo iunno. thanks.
Jul. 2nd, 2006 01:19 pm (UTC)
hey, i'm not the original poster but just thought i'd try answering... i had the same kind of worries, but i guess i worked quickly enough that the areas were done ok. but you could try, assuming you're decanting the glue to a small pot, adding a dab of acrylic, or even food colouring to make it show up more.
yea, and i know this was months ago but never mind!
(no subject) - xtellxmexliesx - Jul. 2nd, 2006 03:46 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 9th, 2006 10:55 pm (UTC)
I am so stoked on this! Very clear instruction, and your pictures are phenomenal. I'm going to try and use this method, and if it works and I start selling them at kat's closet, i will hook you up with a deal over there!
you rock!
Mar. 21st, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC)
... I freaking LOVE you right now! I had no clue how to even start screenprinting and it always seemed too hard. Now I know that it's definately not.

Mar. 21st, 2006 11:59 pm (UTC)
I know you've gotten ten pages of this, but this is seriously afdjsksfljghOMG awesome. My roommate has a screenprinting kit that we used for shirts back in college for an event, but this looks so much easier, and I don't have to bug her to borrow her kit, nor do I have to ask her how to use the damn thing (which is helpful, since she's on a massive business trip for two weeks and I need a shirt by Saturday for this-guy-I'm-dating's birthday).

You've also got the patience of a saint answering all these questions a bajillion and a half times. If anyone else is reading my comment and has a question, here's an idea: READ ALL THE COMMENTS. I promise, it's probably been answered before.

I'm going to post my results soon. Thanks again! :)
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