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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. 12th, 2007 03:20 am (UTC)
screen used?
what kind of screen did you use and where did you get it from?
Oct. 28th, 2007 01:59 am (UTC)
Is there a certain temperature the ink should be?

(Or like, should it be warm and liquidy? or a tiny bit chunky and thick. Kind of like glue?)

Thanks so much :D
Nov. 2nd, 2007 03:01 am (UTC)
thanks for the excellent instructions.
and the cow friend.
i'm pumped to make a tegan and sara shirt now!
Nov. 16th, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC)
Is it okay if the chiffon is a little lumpy when its in the hoop? I can't seem to tighten it out completely
Nov. 17th, 2007 01:41 am (UTC)
Also, how much glue should I use? Is one layer good enough, or should I use enough so that everything is all white?
Nov. 21st, 2007 01:10 pm (UTC)
Just wondering, but could I use standard PVA glue instead of Mod Podge? thanks.
Dec. 4th, 2007 04:02 am (UTC)
I'm not the original poster, but this wouldn't work cause it's water soluble, and it would basicaly melt when you put the paint on.
Nov. 23rd, 2007 04:45 am (UTC)
you rock.

Nov. 25th, 2007 04:38 pm (UTC)
you're a genius!
i screen printed in high school, but all we had to do was come up with a high-contrast picture for our teacher and he took it off and brought back a framed silkscreen. i've been wanting to do it again for 10 years (totally dating myself) and have been reading up on it, but feel overwhelmed at the start-up costs for a press, emulsion, light box, ect. I am totally a do-it-yourselfer-think-outside-the-box kinda girl and i KNEW there had to be a way to fudge it. you're a genius. i love it! i'm going to the fabric store now to buy some sheer fabric and cheap embroidery hoops!
Nov. 26th, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC)
Hi, I am sorry, I have not read all the comments so maybe you already answered my question earlier. How durable the design on a tee shirt is using your method? What would happen if you wash it in your washing machine?
Thanks in advance!
Dec. 4th, 2007 04:01 am (UTC)
If you use a silkscreen medium and mix it with acrylic paint do you have to heat set it?

I'm using Goden brand and it doesn't have setting instructions. Would it hurt to iron it anyways?
Dec. 8th, 2007 07:42 pm (UTC)
Your method
Thanks for explaining such an awesome method to screen print! I've never screen printed before until I saw your post. I play in a band, so I thought this would be a cool method to make up some cheap t-shirts. This was a few months ago. Since then I've made and sold about 60 or so t-shirts all using the same template! Believe it or not, the template seems to increase in quality the more you use it. The ink seems to strengthen the glue, leading to better defined edges/lines.

I do have a few suggestions though.
1. Use glue, not tape, for your screen. Glue the all areas of your template that you do not want inc to seep through. Glue your template twice.
2. To avoid bleed-through, put newspaper inside the shirt as you screen print.
3. Don't be stingy with the ink; use a lot. This will not only increase the clarity of the image but also extend the life of the design through more washings.
4. Don't use paint brushes. Use sponge brushes. Push the ink through your template.
5. Iron the image for three minutes per side with a paper towel between the image and the iron.

I made a video about the process for a class. Here it is. Unfortunately, the video only illustrates the process. It doesn't really go into any details.

May. 7th, 2008 02:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Your method
OK, not only do I love the video, but the Yann Tiersen in the background made me happy.

Just thought I'd share. :D
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Dec. 11th, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC)
I just have to let you know, you're my hero of the day.

I'm planning on screen printing a shirt for my Dad for Christmas this year (he's really gotten into SCUBA diving, so I want him to have a custom shirt for trips), and everywhere I look, you can get a one-color shirt screen printed, but you have to buy a dozen, and it's $10 a shirt. Now that I've got this...

Thank you so much for figuring this out and posting this tutorial. I'll be sure to post pictures once I get the shirt made!
Dec. 16th, 2007 05:41 am (UTC)

Question: Do you paint the glue over the negative areas??
Dec. 29th, 2007 06:02 am (UTC)
I'm trying really hard to find square shot glasses so I can put mine and my fiance's name and wedding date on them and make favors for my guests. But in case I don't, do you have any tips for printing on small, glass, surfaces, such as say...shot glasses?
Jan. 18th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
Square Shot Glasses
Call me nosey, but here is a nice set of 4 square shot glasses on ebay at a good price.

Item number: 320206837833

Jan. 2nd, 2008 12:25 pm (UTC)
I really wanted to get my own designs screen printed onto tees but I was afraid it would go over my budget because of the amount of tees I wanted to make...you saved me! I didn't know there was a cheaper way to do this. Thank you for this tutorial it has given me hope that I can pursue this and not end up being even more broke than I am now!!!
Jan. 18th, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC)
Thank You
Thank you for the informative and easy to get tutorial! I am going to try this asap. I've been wanting to make my own tees and onsies for some time and thought I could never afford it, but it looks like I could get everything for about 20.00. It's an AWESOME idea and I like cows too.

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