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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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Mar. 25th, 2006 12:20 am (UTC)

wow you are amazing
i have a andy warhol project to do and well it involves screenprinting and so yeah you just saved my life.

this is by far the easiest tutorial i have ever read and understood!!!
Apr. 5th, 2006 07:23 am (UTC)
i know you've already got 10 pages of comments saying THE EXACT SAME FREAKING THING, but i have to say it:

Z0MG!! THANX 2 U!!! This is an amazingly simple tutorial to follow, and i love it very much!! I really have an understanding of the silk screening process that I didn't really understand before.

Apr. 9th, 2006 03:04 pm (UTC)
Hi - I tried this finally and made a little video of my results:

Jul. 13th, 2006 08:12 am (UTC)
holy shit this video kicks ass
Apr. 15th, 2006 09:16 pm (UTC)
1. I always just use high heat. Never had one shrink.

2. I've never used the damp cloth/vinegar, but I've used an iron with just a piece of paper.

Just experiment to see what works best.

You could even use just a hair dryer or a heat gun, the reason I like the dryer is because it provides a nice even heat.
Apr. 17th, 2006 09:42 am (UTC)
oh, i kept checking your original comment for your answer lol ;)
THX! i'll just try my hand and we'll see :)
Apr. 16th, 2006 12:39 am (UTC)
Just did it
Okay, so THANK YOU FOR THIS TUTORIAL!!!!!! I have been doing traditional screen printing for a while now, and it's great and the results are great, but it's unbelievably expensive. With your tut, I just made 5 screens with 8 designs for under $20. That is amazing. My prints are really nice too and I can't believe how easy it was.

Here are a few things I learned. I decided that it's a good idea to surround your image with a minimum of 1" of Mod Podge so that you have a "safety zone". I also figured out that it helps to do a second coat. Also... I rinsed my screens in the sink and kind of panicked because the fabric didn't stay taut in the hoop, but it was okay. I removed it from the hoop, laid it flat, let it dry and just re-stretched it (gently). The Mod Podge held up beautifully and didn't wash out. For traditional screenprinting I use Speedball Textile Ink that I order through Dick Blick. It comes in a zillion colors and will go pretty far if you are printing small images. It worked perfectly with this method, so get yourself some.

I'll post some pics when it's all done. :)
Apr. 17th, 2006 10:08 pm (UTC)
This is totally awesome. This tutorial is so wonderful and the pictures and everything make it that much better. I am going to try this now!! Thank you^^
Apr. 22nd, 2006 08:59 pm (UTC)
that's incredibly stupid. anybody in his or her right frame of mind is never going to try to mess with that glue step. there are definitely more (easier) ways to screen print/stencinl/whatever that mess was.
Apr. 22nd, 2006 09:32 pm (UTC)
I've made it a habit to not reply to any comments that aren't questions, but I'm making an exception because I think that eleven pages of comments filled with questions/thanks/personal projects deserves a little more than a "that's incredibly stupid."

When you've got a cheaper and just-as-easy way to "screen print/stencinl/whatever that mess was", post a tutorial with pictures so we can admire it and use it too. Until then, "if you don't have anything nice to say..."
(no subject) - mrcraftypants - Jan. 8th, 2007 04:56 pm (UTC) - Expand
May. 1st, 2006 03:02 am (UTC)
I agree.

Obivously if there's over 10 pages of positive comments, I really doubt it's "incredibly stupid."

This is a great method. All I've done is stencils with fabric paint, and it's very time-consuming and I never get the results I want. I'm definitely going to go invest in some ink and try this out. :) Thank you!
May. 6th, 2006 10:25 pm (UTC)
thats awesome. my friend found this and we decided to start a clothing company. were doing merch for local bands and our own designs. we found that you can make screenprint ink by thinning out fabric paint with rubbing alcohol. it works almost as well as real ink. we used spray adhesive and glued a negative stencil on the screen and used spray paint as the resist. with a couple coats it fills it in well and you can also get some holes in the screen which would work well for some designs. the best way to do it is the way you did though. thanks again
May. 6th, 2006 10:44 pm (UTC)
one question did you come up with by yourself or did somebody teach you? when we get the company started if anybody asks ill be sure to tell them we learned from you.
May. 7th, 2006 01:29 am (UTC)
I came up with it myself but with the help of ideas from here (i.e. cheap alternatives to a pro screen frame). I don't want to take full credit, I sort of just put the pieces together and made the tutorial.

Good luck with your business!
May. 7th, 2006 02:57 pm (UTC)
I found your tutorial about 2 weeks ago and totally had to try it! i made 2 different desings, but i'll post my fav. I haven't used screen print for a while (been lazy) this was fast and real easy. thanks
the screen

close up of the print

me wearing the tee
Aug. 18th, 2010 09:03 pm (UTC)
Re: thankies!
did you use cheesecloth? or nylons, curtains, or what have you
May. 8th, 2006 10:33 pm (UTC)
May. 13th, 2006 04:13 am (UTC)
Silk Screen Printing User
I usually surf the internet for silk screen printing, looking for a new way of doing it and fortunately bumped to your site just now, and thinking how it will help me a lot, so what can say to you - THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS.
May. 15th, 2006 06:10 pm (UTC)
Loved the tutorial. Thanks so much!

I tried it once with acrylic paint and it turned out good. I am thinking of starting to make tees to sell and was wondering if the speedball ink creates a more professional look? The tee I made doesn't look really crisp, but I was wondering if it could've been b/c I used acryllic paint. I think I will give the speedball a try either way. Has anyone used this method and had enough of a professional look to sell the tees for a profit? Look forward to hearing any comments or suggestions! Thanks!
May. 17th, 2006 04:21 pm (UTC)
In the April 2006 issue of Computer Arts magazine someone named Jason Arber uses your technique and gives you no credit for the idea. I have been using your technique for quite a while and I want to thank you very very much for creating it. You might want to try and contact Mr.Arber and ask him to start acknowledging your idea as yours and not his (seeing as how he now is credited in a well known magazine with world wide distribution for your idea). Below is a link to the tutorial which contains a pdf download of the tutorial which looks incredibly similar to yours.

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