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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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maggiemac
Apr. 14th, 2005 02:07 am (UTC)
I'd love to try this, but your pictures are down. Is there any other place I might be able to see them?
girlx512
Apr. 14th, 2005 04:03 am (UTC)
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_from_brazil
Apr. 14th, 2005 11:42 pm (UTC)
*now I can see images*
weee

wow, thats great!
really!!

just one question, wich side of the tulle/curtain material/hoop should u paint the glue on? side up, so the glue would have direct contact when with the shirt, or side down?

thanks!
luv ur tutorial!
girlx512
Apr. 15th, 2005 01:05 am (UTC)
Woo-hoo! My Photobucket account is back up.

And you can paint the glue on either side, it doesn't really matter. Just make sure not to glue the material onto whatever surface you're working on.
dryponder
Apr. 21st, 2005 08:23 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for this excellent guide! I used fabric paint because it'll be a couple of days before I can get into town to pick up some screenprinting ink. And I use nylons but will similarly upgrade as soon as possible. ;)

Here's a photo of my first test:
Image hosted by Photobucket.com
bmamba8
Apr. 23rd, 2005 08:06 pm (UTC)
cracking...
Hey...first of all thank you for your tutorial. I have made a few shirts and it has worked beautifully. One question...have you had any problems with the ink cracking after you set it with the iron? Maybe I'm setting it too long (5 min per side)...I'm using speedball. Maybe I'm using too much ink? Any tips? Thanks alot...
girlx512
Apr. 23rd, 2005 08:37 pm (UTC)
Re: cracking...
I've never had problems with it cracking...Maybe you are setting it too long. I do probably less than 3 minutes on each side.
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freshouttapunk
Apr. 25th, 2005 09:41 pm (UTC)
thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you

p.s. i appreciate your post.
darkmike
Apr. 28th, 2005 06:25 am (UTC)
You are my hero. This has helped me so much.
ameinias
Apr. 30th, 2005 08:59 pm (UTC)
so, can you just handwash the ink out of the stencil without messing up the glue?
girlx512
Apr. 30th, 2005 10:03 pm (UTC)
Yup!
farewell_ted
May. 1st, 2005 05:47 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!
I just got into t-shirt making and my friend gave me a link to your entry. Thanks so much again and I added this to my memories on my account
aimzter
May. 2nd, 2005 04:33 am (UTC)
i love your work, i was wondering if anyone had done this with text insted of a graphic? eg: www.websiteaddyhere.com girlx512 any suggestions? :) thanks in advance
girlx512
May. 2nd, 2005 04:44 am (UTC)
Not that I know of, no. It was "published" (http://www.familyresource.com/lifestyles/83/785) and that's a more reliable source of photos than my photobucket.com account, but that's it really.
jcreed
May. 6th, 2005 03:28 am (UTC)
Thank you for posting this tutorial! I tried it out with some encouraging partial success so far. (my pictures and some notes on my experience are at http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~jcreed/wug/) Enough that I think I'll be able to get good results with some more practice.

The thing that's worked really well for me for getting the ink through the screen is gently dragging a straight edge across the image, much like I imagine you're supposed to use the rubber squeegee-like thing that seems to be the standard item for "real" silkscreening. I haven't had much success with using a brush at that stage, though of course I still used a brush to apply the glue.

I still want to experiment with different materials for the screen --- I wonder if the weave on the stuff I'm using right now is rather coarse.
bonniegrrl
May. 8th, 2005 05:01 pm (UTC)
I hope you don't mind, but I posted a link to this tutorial on my stencil section of Grrl.com:

http://www.grrl.com/starwarsstencils.html
yr_toxic
May. 9th, 2005 03:17 pm (UTC)
I know you posted this a loooong time ago but I just found it and added it to my memories. Thanks so much..this is awesome<3
daughterofgod3
May. 11th, 2005 07:08 pm (UTC)
Awesome. I am ready to try this.. One question, Where did you buy the ink? I've been to a few craft stores and other places. No one knows anything :P
girlx512
May. 12th, 2005 12:55 am (UTC)
I buy it at Hobby Lobby, though I think I've seen it at Michael's too.
missmoxy
May. 13th, 2005 03:12 am (UTC)
Wow. Thank you for making my life 10000 times easier
walrus_titties
May. 13th, 2005 05:20 am (UTC)
Moo. No offense but a very akword and tedious method.

http://www.speedballart.com/pdf/Screen_Printing_Instructions.pdf
girlx512
May. 13th, 2005 05:34 am (UTC)
I hope you were referring to the Speedball method as being tedious, haha. I'll stick with my glue-on-cloth-in-embroidery-hoop method.
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