Screen printing

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    Dec 16, 2008 7:15 PM GMT
    so i'm thinking 'bout buying/making a screen printing kit so i can start making some Tshirt and just general printing fun times.

    does anyone else do this, have tips on how to make screens? techniques for printing and what not? and show any designs you may have made or want made.
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    Dec 16, 2008 8:18 PM GMT
    yeah, start off simple, one colour designs that let you make just the one pass to complete it, also, heat set colours will last longer and stand up more too washing/dryer, don't get excited and get high raised paints or flock or anything like that, infact, I've used thick acrylic paint in the past on tshirts and its stood up alright and got softer and softer but didn't lose its intensity.

    This was years ago I did it in class and a little at home, I wanna start doing it again though so I am back into reading up on it again, a good site to search for this sort of stuff is http://www.craftster.org/ there are very very knowledgeable people on there who can answer your questions.

    Just out of curiosity, what sort of designs are you thinking?
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    Dec 16, 2008 8:31 PM GMT
    I did it in high school years ago. It was a lot of fun, but making the screens was time consuming. Of course, this was before computers were widely used.
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    Dec 16, 2008 10:21 PM GMT
    lilTanker said

    Just out of curiosity, what sort of designs are you thinking?


    oh i have no clue. just gonna find stuff, create stuff... i dunno.. i'm barely artistic but i like to think i could be someday icon_smile.gif i have to start trying out designs as best as i can now. if i get anything good, i'll letcha know. though, i DO want to use a stencil a graffiti artist made of my friend.

    she be on the left.

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    Dec 17, 2008 2:10 AM GMT
    jms84 said
    lilTanker said

    Just out of curiosity, what sort of designs are you thinking?


    oh i have no clue. just gonna find stuff, create stuff... i dunno.. i'm barely artistic but i like to think i could be someday icon_smile.gif i have to start trying out designs as best as i can now. if i get anything good, i'll letcha know. though, i DO want to use a stencil a graffiti artist made of my friend.

    she be on the left.

    n13607342_38633204_9662.jpg


    Oh nice, you'd have to be careful exposing the emulsion, it could be tricky trying to get that sort of patterning to come out entirely right.

    The most complex bit I did was three colours and no matter how hard I tried I could never get them to line up properly heh.

    If you go ahead with it, post your results, I've lot to see them.
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    Dec 17, 2008 2:51 AM GMT
    Did it in high school too and enjoyed it a lot. I also designed almost all of the T-shirts in class. From field trip uniforms to intramural uniforms. Though I just did the design, not the actual printing.

    I tried 3 styles when I did em myself. One using the light-sensitive kind of paste which was more trouble than it's worth LOL, but also makes for the most complex designs.

    Another is green film which is a bit better but still a bit clumsy when it came to cutting out the designs.

    The one I liked the most is the more primitive one. Simply cut out something in cardboard and spraypaint/squeegee textile paint on it. Also experiment a bit. Of course you won't get the same complexity as the other two, but it's fun. An exercise in minimalism and making good designs even when you're limited by not being able to detail. Plus it looks more street-artish than the other two.

    I've made um... a scorpion design, a jolly roger (with scimitars and a fanged skull), a soldier in full fatigues with stencil type text, an evil 'emoticon' type face with graffiti style text, and a barbed wire 'necklace' meant to be printed around the collar.

    My more recent designs were computer printed though - a burning usb jack, a stream of binary numbers flowing down a stylized layout of a workstation, a tree frog, and a silhouette of a native filipino warrior for my brother-in-law's airsoft team. I have a copy of that. Here:

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    Computers get better results at high quality but doesn't have quite that 'customized' look to it.

    Anyway, I like the design your planning. I don;t think you'd be able to duplicate those brushstrokes on the cheeks though. Maybe if you do it afterwards? Kinda like postprocessing or something.
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    Dec 17, 2008 2:58 AM GMT
    Yeah, I did it in high school, and it was really fun. We used a form of light-sensitive emulsion on the screens which we exposed to sunlight. The "negatives" were created using a Xerox machine that could print onto clear film, like sheets of acetate, based on the original artwork. This was then laid onto the emulsion on the screen, and exposed to sunlight, and then I think it was simply washed with hot water to remove the unexposed portions (I could be wrong about that part though; it may have been a kind of chemical developer) and Bingo! Instant screen. I even did some rough four-color prints with those screens, but they were using fairly bold, simple patterns.

    Good luck with it! It's lots of fun!

  • Dec 17, 2008 5:07 AM GMT
    Hey,
    I've done screen printing a couple times. It's not very difficult as long as you can draw or trace, which you'll be able to do. You can see one of my koala screen print T-shirt drawings here: www.zazzle.com/rainbringslife*