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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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Jul. 25th, 2006 03:48 am (UTC)
Just wondering, where do you buy your Speedball ink? I've looked at Hobby Lobby and Wal-Mart (well, I knew I wouldn't find it THERE) and I haven't found any! I looked online, but the cheapest is like 20 bucks once you add shipping, and that kind of defeats the cheap thing, doesn't it?
Jul. 25th, 2006 03:51 am (UTC)
Hmm, well, I've read upwards where it says you found yours at Hobby Lobby... Did the bottle of ink specify use for screen printing? I did find other Speedball ink, but it was for calligraphy and stuff like that, or so I assumed. Is it the same thing?
(no subject) - girlx512 - Jul. 25th, 2006 12:12 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 27th, 2006 06:12 pm (UTC)
I'm gona eat it cause its red. I'm gona eat it cause its dead. Maybe I should eat it raw and let the blood run down my jaw. Id eat people if it was legal, id eat people if it was legal.
Jul. 27th, 2006 07:36 pm (UTC)
shirt cracking
I made the shirt... and it worked! but now after one washing its cracking... does that happen often? or at all ever?
did I use too much paint or too little?
Aug. 3rd, 2006 12:51 pm (UTC)
Re: shirt cracking
I think I'd have to see the shirt before I could say if it was too much or too little ink. Try it again and experiment on scrap fabric?
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Aug. 1st, 2006 03:20 pm (UTC)
Re: material between the shirt
Yeah, you can throw some newspaper between the front and back of the t-shirt for safety.
Re: material between the shirt - mandymurderr - Aug. 2nd, 2006 06:41 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 3rd, 2006 04:56 am (UTC)
Where can you buy that glue and the ink?
Aug. 3rd, 2006 12:50 pm (UTC)
I get mine at Hobby Lobby.
(no subject) - o_el_gato - Aug. 4th, 2006 01:38 am (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 3rd, 2006 09:50 pm (UTC)
Instead of screen printing ink, can I just use plain old fabric paint? Or are they the samething? Or.. not?

Aug. 6th, 2006 08:32 am (UTC)
Oh my gosh... Thank you so much for this tutorial. I've been trying to save money to buy screen printing frames. I never thought of using a sheer material. I have a ridiculous amount of tulle and chiffon sitting in my closet. I feel so stupid. Thank you!
Aug. 11th, 2006 08:00 pm (UTC)
screen printing
hey just wonderin cos i hav just bought a silk screen and if i use the glue will it clean of? thanks

my email is bsillitoe@hotmail.com

pls reply 2 that :D
Aug. 12th, 2006 05:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks! That's really helpful - I'd just been looking at really expensive things on eBay and thinking "I'm sure I remember this needing less specialist equipment..."
Aug. 14th, 2006 01:34 am (UTC)
Acrylic paint...
I've seen some people posting about Acrylic paint on here, but I was always under the impression that acrylic peeled off everything except paper. Is it really suitable to use on fabric? What's this medium that I can add to it (do I have to)? Won't it wash off or at least fade dramatically?

Sorry if this was asked tons of times. Thanks!
Aug. 14th, 2006 02:04 am (UTC)
Re: Acrylic paint...
Unfortunately, I know nothing about using acrylic paint with a textile medium as I have never done it that way myself. Maybe make a post to craftgrrl and ask...?
Re: Acrylic paint... - horrorxgirl - Sep. 22nd, 2006 01:29 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Acrylic paint... - tiedyegal - Mar. 4th, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 14th, 2006 01:41 am (UTC)
Acrylic paint pt.2
Sorry, I forgot to ask this as well...how would you "set" acrylic paint? Just let it dry naturally? Or iron it? Thanks.
Aug. 15th, 2006 02:08 am (UTC)
I read this a little over a year ago, when i was at university. after i had bought all the fancy stuff, but your way is alot easier and cheaper and i can as you say DO it OVER AND OVER AND OVER again. I just posted on my LJ all my pictures of t-shirts I've done to date.. i Invite you to check it out, my pictures are blurry but it couldn't be helped. with out you I'd still be trying to figure this out. Also I have been using a different fabric just because i had it lieing around the house. so they are alot rougher than i'd like, but i plan on going to get some sheer curtain one of these days! lol
well i'll stop blabbering
Hope you take a look
Thank you
Aug. 20th, 2006 06:13 pm (UTC)
This is amazing. I want to link it to some other communities like egl.
Aug. 20th, 2006 06:13 pm (UTC)
Also, added to my memories <3
Aug. 22nd, 2006 04:55 pm (UTC)
I'm so excited to try this, I found it late last night and can't wait to get out of work and stop at the store.

I skimmed through some of the comments and I have one question that I didn't see answered.

You said once: "I buy Speedball brand at Hobby Lobby. It comes for fabric and paper/wood/etc. I (obviously) buy the fabric kind and it comes in black, white, red, and blue."

Are those the only colors? Also, can you mix colors? Like can I make purple ink?

Also has anyone who used acrylic + fabric medium said how it holds up in the wash?
Aug. 26th, 2006 04:10 pm (UTC)
I found out answers to my own questions so I thought I'd post them incase anyone was interested.

Speedball ink comes in many colors but the basic colors are the easiest to find.

I tried mixing colors and it turns out the pigments don't mix so the color probably won't come out right.

I've been told acrylic and fabric medium hold up well in the wash but I haven't tried screening with it yet, though I will.
Aug. 24th, 2006 01:18 am (UTC)
using this method of screen printing, can I wash out the screen printing ink, and re use the screen at a later date??

or is this method for once only use.
Aug. 26th, 2006 04:06 pm (UTC)
Yes, you can use it many, though was carefully as the glue soften a tiny bit.
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