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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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taxiridesat4am
May. 14th, 2005 03:49 am (UTC)
Ah!! I love you so much right now. I been looking for better ways to make my shirts.
ifuwannaimight
May. 14th, 2005 07:32 pm (UTC)
question
sorry if this was asked already im too lazy to thumb through all the pages


but i was wondering, is the texture of the ink different than the tshirt?
like, if you run your finger over the text or picture will it feel raised or different?

thanks a bunch!
girlx512
May. 15th, 2005 12:52 am (UTC)
Re: question
The ink doesn't feel raised, but you can tell it's there.
younarsenio
May. 15th, 2005 02:36 am (UTC)
nice
can i see more stuff uve done. im just gettin started. i was cuttin stencils and using spray paint.
girlx512
May. 15th, 2005 02:53 am (UTC)
Re: nice
Re: nice - younarsenio - May. 15th, 2005 03:20 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: nice - girlx512 - May. 15th, 2005 03:38 am (UTC) - Expand
banonna
May. 15th, 2005 04:14 pm (UTC)
So simple! :o)
I love this - thank you for the clear and thorough tutorial!

My experience:

I couldn't find embroidery hoops, so I grabbed an old picture frame (clean lines - NOT frilly, silly!), knocked out an old (but lovely) picture of my bf's feet (another project)... voila, instant stretcher.

I then took an unmatched knee-high stocking, slit it down one side and across the toe to make a single "rectangle" of fabric, stretched and stapled that to the frame... voila, instant "silk"screen. (Thanks go out to my hungry washing machine!)

I followed the rest of the tutorial to the letter, and apart from oopsing with the modge podge in one spot (I should have checked for unmasked spots more carefully), my first attempt at silk screening was FANTASTIC!!!

Thanks again... this is a fantastic tutorial! :o)
gamoeguy
May. 15th, 2005 11:03 pm (UTC)
Paint directly on?
Thanks for the tutorial. I've always wanted to produce some customized shirts for myself and others. And you've inspired me with your tutorial!

However, for simpler jobs, can't you just forgo the "screen printing" and paint directly on to the shirt? Why or why can't I do it this way?
girlx512
May. 15th, 2005 11:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Paint directly on?
I paint directly on for touch-ups and I don't see why you couldn't do that for simple things. I like the uniform non-hand-drawn look of the "screen print" is all.
Re: Paint directly on? - gamoeguy - May. 15th, 2005 11:32 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Paint directly on? - banonna - May. 16th, 2005 02:47 am (UTC) - Expand
gnarlinsky
May. 18th, 2005 04:21 pm (UTC)
actual silk screen
Awesome tutorial. Instead of an embroidery hoop+nylon business, can you use an actual silk screen?
girlx512
May. 18th, 2005 04:24 pm (UTC)
Re: actual silk screen
I don't see why not!
banonna
May. 22nd, 2005 09:49 pm (UTC)
Graphic fades and goes bumpy after washing...
Hello there. I have an update re: my project - and questions.

Black ink, red shirt. I set the image after the ink dried (ironed 3-5 minutes as recommended). I washed and dried my shirt, and when I took it out of the dryer, the image had lost some colour. Instead of solid black it is now pretty washed out with a lot of red "fuzz" showing through. Also, the image is bumpy now, kind of warped.

Any thoughts on this? I think I probably could have washed and dried my shirt first, maybe used more or less ink in the image (should it soak through the shirt completely? it did in some areas), maybe ironed a little longer. It still looks okay, but I want to make some shirts for friends and I want the results to be better for them.

Thanks!!!
girlx512
May. 23rd, 2005 04:29 am (UTC)
Re: Graphic fades and goes bumpy after washing...
I think washing and drying the shirt first, and maybe not setting it so long (I know that sounds bad, but I've had trouble with too much heat warping the ink). As far as a little of the "fuzz" showing through, I think that's happened with most of my shirts. I don't let the ink soak all the way through the material though.
sisterstephie
May. 24th, 2005 12:21 am (UTC)


It says "Howdy".

I used tulip brand matte paint for the stars, and of course, they turned out puffy. I won't be using that stuff again unless I need the fluff.
girlx512
May. 24th, 2005 01:21 am (UTC)
Awesome job! I don't like Tulip paint either, it messed up a shirt I was doing when I heat setted it.
quartney
May. 26th, 2005 02:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks a bunch, Kristy!
I really appreciate your great tutorial. Here is the shirt that I made after re-watching the original "Star Wars".
girlx512
Jun. 6th, 2005 02:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Thanks a bunch, Kristy!
That looks really nice, good job!
blackdreams
Jun. 1st, 2005 01:32 pm (UTC)
that is so GENIOUS! thank you so much for posting this! this sounds so much easier (and cheaper) than acctual screen printing!
hexagonz
Jun. 2nd, 2005 10:11 pm (UTC)
that shit is mad toxic too. watch out.
hexagonz
Jun. 2nd, 2005 10:12 pm (UTC)
crap i meant to post that to the person that was asking about printer cartridge ink. bleh.
stellar_zephyr
Jun. 3rd, 2005 07:02 pm (UTC)
Can you use spray paint?
This is the coolest tutorial ever. Seriously. I know youve prolly heard that a thousand times before but truely this is a life saver. Ive always used stencils and spraypaint and it is pretty messy. I was wondering though, can you use spray paint or any other paint through it? Ive made a silkscreen of good ol' Ghandi and I'm afraid of messing it up. Yet I'm too cheep to go out and buy speedball when i've got a boatload of spraypaint. [I know spraypaint will work for tshirts and acrylic wont...I'm thinking about using it for posters or cards as well or something...] Will other paints mess up the nylon screen?
girlx512
Jun. 4th, 2005 03:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Can you use spray paint?
I don't know if spray paint would go through the screen and onto the t-shirt at all. It would be worth it to buy the ink or to get a textile medium to mix with acrylic paints.
unkle_john
Jun. 3rd, 2005 07:37 pm (UTC)
Another Way:
This is what I have always done to save money on t-shirts we sold and gave away for our band.
You can get screen mesh at just about any respectible art supply house or you can contact a screen print supplier (I use Texas Original Graphics, well b/c it's local), check your phone book. Next I find a heavy duty picture frame and stretch the screen mesh over the frame (much like if you where stretching a canvas). I use those flat thumb tacks to hold it down. Now for your graphic. Hop on down to your nearest & cheapest sign shop that uses a vinyl plotter (most do now-adays. Heck I'm a retired sign maker so I know) to create you graphic. Or if you need an image created or vectored, i'm really cheap. It's also wise to have what you want and vector ready (if not I can do it for you, as I said that's what I did). Have them cut it as a reverse decal (AKA Reverse Weed). meaning it will be inside a box. Any color of vinyl is fine. I use black b/c that's my preferance, but use the cheapest vinyl they have to offer. Calon II is the best cheap one IMHO, don't be sold on Oracal (it blows). Place the image on your screen (with the frame acting as a wall to keep your "ink" in). Now for your "ink", use the cheap craft acrylic from the craft dept of your fav store. It washes out of the screen and when you change the design, if you have taken good care of your screen, you can reuse it. I have always used a screen printers squeegee. The only thing else you have to do is secure a board to put your garment on.

On cleaning it remember this: If you have one screen (for one color) wash it after you have compleated your screening. And leave it in the sun to dry. Somewhere the dog or kids won't damage it. I have always hung each shirt carefully after each screening (or had someone help me). I don't recomend getting into multi colors untill you are skilled enough to match up the patterns and such. If I have left out any details, I'll edit this. But that is the best way I have found to do it myself. It's sounds easy, not just because I'm an artist, because it really is easy.
latinflava1883
Jun. 4th, 2005 09:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the info
This is great information but I am kind of stuck on what kind of glue to use. What kind of glue did you guys use. Anyone use glue other than Mod Podge?? For some reason its very hard to find in my neighborhood.

Please let me know what you guys did??

THANKS A MILLION!
pholah85
Jun. 5th, 2005 02:02 am (UTC)
help
i cant seem to get good screen printing paint here in lagos nigeria can i use poster colour
girlx512
Jun. 6th, 2005 02:48 pm (UTC)
Re: help
I don't know what the poster color is like, but if you can't find the screen printing ink I'd use acrylic paint mixed with a textile medium.
karenjackizzle
Jun. 5th, 2005 03:23 am (UTC)
Maybe I'm a murderer, but I'm hungry and they're better off dead.
girlx512
Jun. 6th, 2005 02:48 pm (UTC)
Then you can make a shirt that says "yummy" instead of "friend."
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