Some Screen Printing Play

Some Screen Printing Play

My sister and I are getting ready to go on a road trip to show quilt shop owners my designs!   I am so excited about this trip, and decided it would be nice to have a couple of t-shirts with my logo on them.  I did one using the freezer paper and paint brush method (similar to this) and it turned out really well, however removing all the fiddley little pieces of my logo was a pain.  I didn’t want to have to do that with 4 more shirts, so I decided to try to make a screen and screen print them.

I went to my local Habitat for Humanity ReStore and found a good solid 1970s picture frame and ordered some inexpensive silk screen fabric and ink from Amazon.  (I looked at the kits, but the frames in the inexpensive ones were too small).

I first of all removed the back and glass from the frame, as well as the metal point that hold it all in.

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I was going to use staples to attach the fabric to the frame, but the fabric was so thin, I decided to use Hercules tape instead.  It worked great!   I put the tape on the frame first, and then laid the frame on top of the fabric, and starting in the center of the bottom side pulled the fabric up and stuck it, and worked from the center out to the corners.  I did the same to the opposite end, leaving the sides until last, and pulling it very taut.  It didn’t take long, and kept the screen nice and smooth.

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Then I cut my logo on my Silhouette and weeded out the areas that I wanted the paint to go through.  That took concentration, as my brain wanted to take out the wrong ones.  LOL.  I used Orafol 651 vinyl, so that it would be permanent and waterproof.  I carefully put the vinyl “sticker” in the screen.  I sat the frame on my cutting mat to do this, and it worked out really well using the squares to keep everything straight.

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I don’t have a picture, but after applying the vinyl, I filled in the space between it and the frame with painters tape.  I didn’t want to drip anything where it didn’t belong!

I watched videos of screen printing, and used things I had around the house instead of buying a squeegee.   I am pretty pleased with my results!   I finished by heat setting them with an iron.  Once the screen was made it didn’t take long to do the prints, and my mind is spinning with the possibilities!

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Now, onto the packing!

Be sure to create something today!

One Comment Add yours

  1. says:

    Love this, Deb! Have fun traveling!

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