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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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May. 18th, 2006 11:51 am (UTC)
hi, i'm from australia and have no idea what modge podge is, so i just used PVA glue, which is quite thick, and it was extremely difficult to paint on, without it just going splodge. what sort of glue is modge podge, is it similar to PVA glue? and do i use a brush to paint the glue on? thanks. and i used old stockings, but it was really dificult, what material do you suggest?
May. 23rd, 2006 02:30 pm (UTC)
Re: glue
I'm not sure what PVA glue is. If it's not water soluble, I'm sure it will work just fine. And I like sheer curtain material more than nylons or tulle because the "weave" is much finer. And yes, use a paint brush for the glue.
Re: glue - hystericblue - Jul. 13th, 2006 10:33 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: glue - eccles_n_stryfe - Aug. 1st, 2006 10:07 pm (UTC) - Expand
May. 18th, 2006 09:55 pm (UTC)
WOW. I am sure you have gotten a billion of these comments, but that is such a cheap and easy way to screen print! thank you so much -- i don't enough money for the kits and emulsion and everything, but i can handle this. thank you, thank you, thank you!
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May. 23rd, 2006 02:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you; I contacted them. Feels silly, but at least link would be nice from them :o)
Jun. 1st, 2006 02:08 am (UTC)
use pen?
Thanks for this! I am definitely going to try this out. I just had 1 question--you say to trace the picture with pencil....is there any reason you cant use pen (e.g. bleeding, keeping it from seeping through, etc)? Simple question but just wantedto make sure i didnt make a big oops. Also, what is "tulle"? Is it something specifically for making silk screens?

Jun. 2nd, 2006 12:54 am (UTC)
Re: use pen?
I just like pencil because I can erase/fudge with it more than pen. No reason you shouldn't be able to trace with whatever you like!
Re: use pen? - haleypanda - Jun. 7th, 2006 06:06 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 1st, 2006 11:58 pm (UTC)
I tried this and it is so easy. I am wondering if you can clean the modge podge out of the screen to reuse it? Any ideas or do you have to scrap each time you do it? Other than that it is awesome!!!
Jun. 2nd, 2006 12:52 am (UTC)
Re: cleaning
Nope, the point of using the Modge Podge is because it isn't water soluble and won't wash out, making the design on the screen usable over and over.
Re: cleaning - cupojoeaz - Jun. 2nd, 2006 03:57 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 5th, 2006 09:32 pm (UTC)
wow, those are good instructions... I would like to see a
"I wont vote for Pardo" t-shirt and a "I hate Gir" t-shirt. its not that I dislike either of them, its just that I cant stand the people who wear the invader Zim cloths, shirts, patched, wristbands, bags, buttons and all that dollar store crap. also I don’t see what’s so great about napoleon dynamite... maybe it all depends on HOW you see it.
Jun. 9th, 2006 04:16 am (UTC)
Thank you
Thank you for the info.. the stuff worked great. Infact, I am building a website this week and already have my first shirt on Etsy.com..

have also included what it looks like.. Once again.. thanks for the info
Jun. 10th, 2006 06:58 pm (UTC)
instead of painting on the paint with a brush, i squeegeed it on with a spounge, it worked well. yay
Jun. 11th, 2006 06:09 am (UTC)
mmm... question
so you think that you could use praypaint enstead of screen printing ink for a cheaper print.... ?

please send me an email: spoungesue@msn.com
Jun. 11th, 2006 03:06 pm (UTC)
Re: mmm... question
I don't know if spray paint will go through the "screen" well enough to work. Give it a shot though and post the results if you try.
Re: mmm... question - wolfn92 - Jun. 11th, 2006 06:25 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 18th, 2006 10:09 am (UTC)
How many shirts do you think can be printed with that one set up?
Jun. 26th, 2006 11:21 pm (UTC)
Re: =)
It depends on how much fabric and how many hoops you buy, really. The ink and glue and brushes last quite a while.
Jun. 19th, 2006 07:42 pm (UTC)
Haha, thats funny, I never could quite figure out how to do it.
This seems like a an inexpensive way to make some cute shit.
<3 Thank you.
Jun. 24th, 2006 05:30 pm (UTC)
How can I make my prints more than one colour?

Is it possible?
Jun. 26th, 2006 11:20 pm (UTC)
If you're handy with seperating/creating layers in Photoshop I'm sure it can be done. I've never bothered though.
Four-Color Separations Guide - ex_aytchwas - Jul. 19th, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 24th, 2006 09:10 pm (UTC)
That is amazing. Thank you so much.
Jun. 25th, 2006 06:22 am (UTC)
Thanks for the great tutorial! My first shirt:

About cleaning, I washed the tulle with water and teh modge podge didnt come out. I used it again after and it looked just fine :)
Jun. 25th, 2006 05:09 pm (UTC)
You're my new favorite person! I've been wracking my brain trying to come up with a cheap way of doing this. Thanks a ton!
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