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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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Aug. 15th, 2004 04:24 pm (UTC)
By the way...I don't know if this was asked or not...but which side do you trace on and which side do you put the glue on???
Aug. 15th, 2004 08:27 pm (UTC)
It doesn't matter either way, just make sure to figure out which side will be facing down when you put the ink on so you don't get a mirror image of what you'd like.
Aug. 21st, 2004 03:01 am (UTC)
Grrr...i tried it with acrylic paint and it bled all over the place!

Do you think using screen printing ink would be any different? Do I have to use fabric ink or can i use normal ink?
Aug. 21st, 2004 08:28 am (UTC)
I've only tried it with screen printing ink and have had no problems at all.
(no subject) - brokenfairy - Aug. 22nd, 2004 01:06 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - girlx512 - Aug. 22nd, 2004 09:27 am (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 23rd, 2004 06:17 pm (UTC)
amazing tutorial thank you much <3

&sorry to be annoying
but i just want to make sure...

you trace the image onto the nylon fabric
(so it's on the correct side),
flip it over to apply the glue,
and then flip it back over to apply the ink
(so it's on the correct side)?

and stipple... meaning
dab the nylon-fabric with the paint-brush
so it goes [like seeps] through the fabric onto the shirt?

sorry if you've answered that already >____<''

i suck at stenciling,
so i'd really like to give this a try :D*
Aug. 23rd, 2004 07:14 pm (UTC)
You got everything right, though it doesn't really matter what side you put the glue on--it works out to lay pretty even either way.
Sep. 3rd, 2004 02:16 pm (UTC)
Dark Fabric?
Awesome instructions. Have you had any success with dark fabrics? The Speed ball inks are quite opaque.
Sep. 25th, 2004 08:10 am (UTC)
Re: Dark Fabric?
White ink worked okay with with a red shirt on one pass, but I'm sure it would've have turned out better if I'd gone over it twice.
Re: Dark Fabric? - mr_pencils - Sep. 25th, 2004 06:28 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 25th, 2004 07:56 am (UTC)
okay okay okay. I feel kinda stupid for asking, but you put the hoop with the glue and all on the shirt, and then put on the ink? or is it that you put the ink on the hoop and then press it down to the shirt?
Sep. 25th, 2004 08:12 am (UTC)
You take the hoop with the dried-glue-material-stencil and turn it face down onto the shirt, centering it how you want, and while holding it down you put the ink on top of the un-glued areas of the stencil pushing it through to the shirt. Hope that helps!
(no subject) - nyiman - Sep. 25th, 2004 08:31 am (UTC) - Expand
Nov. 21st, 2004 05:00 pm (UTC)
Would this work on paper?
Nov. 21st, 2004 06:08 pm (UTC)
I haven't tried it onto paper yet, but I don't see why not. I used a screen to print on a canvas and it worked fine.
(no subject) - americnjewl - Nov. 21st, 2004 07:45 pm (UTC) - Expand
Nov. 26th, 2004 08:25 pm (UTC)
OH MY GOD.......I love you....I was just looking for how to do this 10 minutes ago and it was gonna cost like 2,000 bucks....I was like...nooo SOMEONE has to know how to do this without spending so much cash...and I find this...ahh! I'm so happy! You have made my life worth living!
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Dec. 4th, 2004 02:51 pm (UTC)
I use the Speedball for fabric--it means that you can wash it off with water when the ink is still wet.
Dec. 4th, 2004 02:24 pm (UTC)
AMAZING! I've been wanting to make my own shirts for years! Thank you!

But when I do this, I find it very hard to see the pencil on the tulle. Could I use a Sharpie instead?
Dec. 4th, 2004 02:51 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the pencil is really hard to see, but I like it because I can erase it. You can use whatever you want to mark it!
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Dec. 15th, 2004 12:12 am (UTC)
Printer cartridge ink wouldn't be great for use on fabric. Think about the last time you printed something out on a piece of paper and then took it out in the rain--it runs like mad.
Jan. 12th, 2005 02:41 am (UTC)
Definately putting in memories.

My dad likes what I do with Stenciling shirts but he wants me to learn how to screenprint. This should be a good start...and ::gasp:: it should fit my budget.
Jan. 20th, 2005 07:31 pm (UTC)
Your information, and your cowfriend, make me giggly with anticipation!

Thanks! Well Done!
Feb. 2nd, 2005 02:36 pm (UTC)
where does everyone buy blank colored t-shirts? all i can ever find are white ones and i want a purple one
Feb. 2nd, 2005 04:09 pm (UTC)
I get mine at Hobby Lobby. I'm not sure what other stores carry craft t-shirts cheap, but you can always buy men's "work" t-shirts from department stores too.
(no subject) - i_archive - Jul. 17th, 2005 05:50 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 8th, 2005 05:09 am (UTC)
What kind of material did you use for the screen? I tried using nylon and it was just SO hard to get to stay on!! Yours looks a lot easier than mine. Was it tulle??
Feb. 8th, 2005 05:19 am (UTC)
I used an old pair of nylons at first and then I used tulle. And the tulle is a TON easier to work with.
(no subject) - grodybrody - Feb. 8th, 2005 05:55 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 14th, 2005 07:02 am (UTC)
eeek what happened to the pictures
i was going to try this method out i've been looking for something along these lines.
Feb. 14th, 2005 03:29 pm (UTC)
Oh dear, I didn't keep my domain. Give me a few minutes to get them back up with Photobucket.
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