Not extended ago, T shirts were thought of as just undergarments. That time is long history as printed T-shirts have become an art form plus a very popular form of informal dress. You, too, can screen print your own T shirts – if you are grave enough to shell out about $2000 for the materials and press. The folks at Detroit sprinkle resolve show you how to do it.

You will require

  • T-shirt
  • new artwork
  • Photo transparency stock
  • Silk screens
  • structure
  • Emulsion fluid
  • Emulsion scoop coater
  • Photographic-safe light
  • Glass cover
  • Halogen light
  • Spray bottle
  • Shirt press
  • Acrylic fabric paint (plastisol)

Step 1: Print the Design

Artwork should be scanned keen on a digital file, and processed through Photoshop. From there, the plan can be printed on a transparency by an inkjet printer. Set the saturation levels high, or use a “film” or “transfer” setting if available. Make sure it’s a high-quality print. It takes practice. Once you’ve got a high-quality print, set it aside.

Step 2: Apply the Emulsion

This element of the process should be done in a dark room, or in photograph-safe light. Emulsion fluid is second-hand to coat both sides of the silk screen. Though they’re still called silk screens, these screens are in fact made of nylon or polyester these days. They should be inserted into a frame, plus held taught. Coat both sides of the screen by emulsion fluid, using the scoop coater. create sure it’s even, and let it dry 30 to 40 minutes.

Step 3: Create the Stencil

The stencil is a example with cutouts through which ink or paint can pass, make a design. To make it, place the print on top of the emulsion-covered screen. Cover with a thin piece of glass. The glass should be big enough to wrap your entire design. If you use a halogen light (often provided in a basic screen printing kit) 12 minutes should be enough to burn the design into a stencil. Sunlight or an easy bright light will also work, but those methods take longer. Then, fill a spray bottle with tap water. Spray your stencil thoroughly, on both sides, to wash out residue plus sharpen the image. Now let the stencil dry for about 15 to 20 minutes in front of a fan.

Step 4: Print the Shirt

You’ll need a shirt push and an acrylic-based fabric paint called plastisol for this step. Place your screen/stencil in the press, leaving a little space between the screen/stencil and the platform. That space is where the shirt goes. Lower the screen on top of the shirt. Next, set in dollops of paint at the top of the screen, and then spread them by a squeegee held at a 45 degree angle. Lift the screen. Finally, use a heater (usually provided in a basic screen printing kit) to cure the design for about: 25 seconds. Now, the shirt is ready to be worn.

Also known as:

  • (How Do I Screen Print T-Shirts)
  • (How To Make Your Own T-Shirts)
  • (How To Design T-Shirts)
  • (How To Print T-Shirts)
  • (How To Screen Print Tee Shirts)