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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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_tornjeans
Apr. 2nd, 2005 09:02 pm (UTC)
I have got a few questions here.
How can I make the ink spread less so that the image is clearer on the edges? Does it spread because of the cloth or the glue (Mod Podge which I am not sure if it is waterproof) or the paint? Should I saturate the screen less?
Is there any ink that is shinier when it dries and doesn't look like I just sharpied on the image? Is there an ink that gives almost a plastic feel to the image?
Where can I buy a white ink and more specifically what brand should it be so that it will show up on a dark t-shirt like purple or teal?
Where do you buy speedball paints? Is Pébéo Setacolor transparent the same quality ink as Speedball paints??
Sorry and thank you if anyone can answer all of my questions!!!!
girlx512
Apr. 2nd, 2005 09:13 pm (UTC)
-To help make clearer edges make sure that the screen is pressed up tight against the fabric. Work on a hard surface and in small sections and don't over-saturate the area. Too little is better than too much because you can always go over it again. Also make sure that the Modge Podge is covering all the areas that you don't want the ink correctly--hold it up to some light and make sure the lines are crisp.

-I don't know of a shiny ink, sorry.

-Speedball has white ink. I've used it on black shirts just fine.

-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. You can also use acrylic paint with a textile medium mixed in. I haven't tried that, but others have.

This isn't a perfect method, it just works good for not-perfect-looking things. If it's not working out for you, try stenciling. There are tutorials in the memories here.
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wolfdragon_arts
Apr. 2nd, 2005 09:10 pm (UTC)
OH MY GOD....
i HAVE gopt some work to DO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
amycow
Apr. 2nd, 2005 09:32 pm (UTC)
:D
Wow! It's been decided... everyone I know is getting a personalized t-shirt. I'm off to the craft store. Thanks for filling me with excitement!
gygaxis
Apr. 3rd, 2005 08:05 am (UTC)
Woo, got linked here from www.lifehacker.com I think, I snagged the link a few hours ago and have been poking around a ton of other aggreator sites since then.

great idea, I never really bothered learning to silk screen myself as it was kind of a pain for me to do it by hand and the profesional materials were costly.

Now that I'm getting more into design and vector stuff, I think I'll definately give this a shot. Thanks for the tips
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girlx512
Apr. 3rd, 2005 05:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Keen!
If memory serves, I've removed and re-used a screen once. Just make sure to pull the fabric as tight as possible the first time and as tight as possible the rest.
milothereporter
Apr. 4th, 2005 06:39 pm (UTC)
What font face did you use below the cow?
girlx512
Apr. 5th, 2005 04:46 am (UTC)
Ooo, I'm really not sure. It's something pretty standard in bold and italics I know. I think it might just be Times New Roman.
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_tornjeans
Apr. 4th, 2005 10:35 pm (UTC)
I have a question again!
Is Speedball's block printing ink any different from the Speedball screen printing ink because it says that it is water soluble as in if I wash it, it will all come off. But maybe if I iron it, do you think it will actually stay on when I wash it?
Don't tell me I bought the wrong ink AGAIN!!!!
girlx512
Apr. 5th, 2005 04:44 am (UTC)
I'm going to assume that it is different. The screen printing ink for fabric will have instructions on the side on how to set it with an iron.
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mnit
Apr. 5th, 2005 02:01 pm (UTC)
modge podge?
Do you have to use a glue? or could you use some kind of waterproof paint, say acrylics or whatever? - to make it easier to see what you've blocked out, making detail easier to do
girlx512
Apr. 5th, 2005 02:36 pm (UTC)
Re: modge podge?
I've never tried it, but I don't see why it wouldn't work if you put it on thick enough so the ink couldn't get through. Let us know how it works if you try.
Re: modge podge? - xqjennaqx - Mar. 27th, 2007 12:14 am (UTC) - Expand
chicklet76
Apr. 5th, 2005 03:33 pm (UTC)
fabric paint
Have you tried using fabric paint?
girlx512
Apr. 5th, 2005 04:01 pm (UTC)
Re: fabric paint
I did, but I personally didn't like the results. I just don't like fabric paint is all, the screen printing ink looks better to me.
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anataari
Apr. 6th, 2005 08:58 pm (UTC)
hey, I was just searching for how to screen print and your site came up- it's awesome! thanks so much!
eggwolio
Apr. 7th, 2005 09:31 am (UTC)
this tutorial is amazing.

i've got some projects in the works where i'd like to screenprint on some simple canvas shoes, like slip on vans or your typical converses. would it work to use a hair dryer to set the paint instead of an iron? or perhaps a flat iron for straightening hair would be better...what do you think?
girlx512
Apr. 7th, 2005 02:40 pm (UTC)
If you're going to try the hair iron, remember to put fabric between the shoes and the iron. I think a blow dryer on high really close to the shoes would work well too since you won't be throwing the shoes in the washing machine most likely.
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laura_5390
Apr. 7th, 2005 12:52 pm (UTC)
hey, first of all your tutorial is the best i've seen but i have a few questions...
doesn't the ink come off when you wash the shirt? i heard that acrylic paint doesn't come off when washed, is this true?
also, do coloured inks appear well on black fabric?
thanks! :D
girlx512
Apr. 7th, 2005 02:38 pm (UTC)
If you set the ink (with heat, like an iron) then no, it won't wash out. I've heard that acrylic paint mixed with a textile medium works good too, but I've never tried it. And I've used white ink on black shirts with good results.
lady_bags
Apr. 8th, 2005 04:36 am (UTC)
this is easier than cutting out a stencil on acetate and sticking that on the silk screen.
thank you!
80smixtape
Apr. 11th, 2005 09:04 pm (UTC)
aw the pictures arent showing. :(
girlx512
Apr. 12th, 2005 04:06 pm (UTC)
My Photobucket account will be unfrozen within a week since it has exceeded the allowed bandwith by about 30% since this tutorial was posted all over tarnation.

If you're still interested, here is a site that asked my permission to publish it a little while back:

http://www.familyresource.com/lifestyles/83/785/
(no subject) - 80smixtape - Apr. 12th, 2005 06:10 pm (UTC) - Expand
_from_brazil
Apr. 12th, 2005 03:47 pm (UTC)
it says your photobucker bandwith has exceed..
=/
we cant see any images =T
can u host them anywhere else?
girlx512
Apr. 12th, 2005 04:06 pm (UTC)
My Photobucket account will be unfrozen within a week since it has exceeded the allowed bandwith by about 30% since this tutorial was posted all over tarnation.

If you're still interested, here is a site that asked my permission to publish it a little while back:

http://www.familyresource.com/lifestyles/83/785/
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