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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. 29th, 2006 07:23 am (UTC)
ooo that's amazing.
I'm a little bit confused but that could be because It's 12:30 and I didn't sleep well last night.
Nov. 3rd, 2006 01:12 am (UTC)
if the glue is water-based cant it wash out as you apply the paint? what kind of glue do you use? or how can you avoid having the glue wash out?
Nov. 9th, 2006 04:54 pm (UTC)
awesomely awesome.
Nov. 12th, 2006 07:36 am (UTC)
Thank you sooooooo much for your tutorial. You are truly an inspiration. Rock on w/ the Friend. shirt... I agree.
Nov. 14th, 2006 04:18 am (UTC)
if you only knew...
WOW! this worked SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO well!!! check my profile pic, that is my first attempt and i can't believe how good it came out. to think the outcome will probably even get better the more i do it.

i really wish the author of this thread could come back and see how many people she helped with this, i for one truly appreciate it :)
Nov. 14th, 2006 04:34 am (UTC)
Re: if you only knew...
Oh, I'm still around, I just gave up answering the same questions over and over :o) If people want to figure it out, they will.

I'm glad you had such great luck with it! I wish I had the time to do it some more.
Nov. 15th, 2006 10:18 pm (UTC)
Hey, I just stumbled across this. I'm in a printmaking class now and we've gone over the full color separation process for Photoshop. Do you want me to give you a tutorial with screenshots to add to your awesome info here? It's really easy, and allows for some other possibilities.
Nov. 16th, 2006 12:08 am (UTC)
That would be great! I've never done color separation and many people have asked how to make a shirt with more than one color.
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Nov. 16th, 2006 04:30 pm (UTC)
Wow, I tip my hat.
I work in a professional screen printing shop, and I am impressed at the time you spent to do it yourself.
Some tips I have are make the screen as tight as you possibly can, put spray a piece of card board with
spray adhesive and put it in between the shirt to make the print area as flat and wrinkle free as possible and to keep the ink from bleeding to the back side of the shirt.
Nov. 17th, 2006 02:15 am (UTC)
You kick ass!
This is awesome. I can put anything on a t-shirt now and it's not going to cost me $20 each. Bwahaha. So begins my reign of terror! Thanks again!
Nov. 17th, 2006 07:42 pm (UTC)
Good Idea
I did a similar project a few years back. I built a wooden frame from screen stock and stapled a sheer nylon fabric to it. I got some blocking ink from a hobby store, it was right next to the speedball ink. The blocking ink was water soluble. I had to soak the screen for a while to soften it up and then removed it with a stiff brush. I like your method better. Like you say, why dissolve your screen after you put so much effort into making it. I made an excellent Jimi Hendrix shirt based on a poster that was printed in Rolling Stone. I still get comments about it whenever I wear it. I wish I still had that screen. I also did a 2 color printing for our company picnic. I just ran the same screen twice with different color inks, slightly offset to create a shadow effect. It worked pretty good. The hardest part of the whole thing was finding decent blank t-shirts to print on. I suggest you do this on a large flat surface like a 3x3 smooth particle board and put some carboard or paper inside the shirt or you will get bleed through. The great thing about this is doing multiple prints. If you just want one print, get the fabric ink and just paint straight onto the fabric.
Nov. 18th, 2006 03:28 pm (UTC)
i wondered about painting right onto the fabric. but doesn't take out the "screen" aspect of it? isn't that the whole point, cause if not couldn't i just make a stencil and use it like that. if you are not painting through some type of material doesn't that make it not a screened print?
Nov. 21st, 2006 11:40 pm (UTC)
thats awesome, probably one of the better screenprinting tutorials i've seen, yay! im gonna go to ben franklyn soon now!
Nov. 26th, 2006 03:35 pm (UTC)
This is awesome!
Ill have to try it some time to make some fun gamer shirts to show off in art class o3o

Thanks so much!
Dec. 1st, 2006 02:09 am (UTC)
ah I stumbled upon this looking at a much harder tutorial on screen printing because I became interested in it seeing shirts people were selling on etsy! And I must say, Out of all of the other tutorials I have looked at during this search, yours was by far the easiest and least complicated one I have found. And it was so easy to understand! You are awesome. The end. :D
Dec. 1st, 2006 05:30 pm (UTC)
this method works really good, i'v made a bunch of patches for my band. my only question is, white seems to be the only color thick enough. all the other colors seem really thin and watery, is there something you can do or put in to them to make them more thick?
Dec. 6th, 2006 06:20 am (UTC)
first of all, wow! i'm so excited to try this!

i do have a question, and not enough time to read through all the comments so i'm sorry if you've got this before. and i'm also sorry if this is a silly question...at my local craft store when i asked for screen printing ink they said they didn't have any...and when i said speedball they looked at me like i had two heads and said that was for caligraphy. is that the same ink? or do they make printing ink and caligrahpy inks?

thanks so much!
Jan. 8th, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
unfortunately groupie, most craft store employees know less about their products than you do. you'll have to educate them or ask to speak to someone else.
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