Screen Printing T Shirts
In our design class project, we took up screen printing t shirts and this turned out to be an educative and a beneficial venture for all of us. At first the project sounded like a complicated venture but as it turned out this is a very simple procedure. It was a great way to screen printing t shirts a lot of t-shirts using the same design. We outlined out several steps that guided us to accomplish the project. We turned out to be the best group in our class as we presented something unique. Screen printing can seem difficult for beginners but when it is carried out in the company of several other individuals who are experienced it is easy to catch up. Here is how we carried out the steps;
First you need to assemble the materials you will need, such materials include; embroidery hoop one that is of the right size for your design, a gauzy curtain- one with small holes to create a good image, fabric paint or screen printing ink, latex paint, black paper and water color paints, a sponge brush, a stencil or the designs of your choice, t-shirts, water based color and a paintbrush. Choose and decide the design that you may want to screen print. When choosing a design, select one that will be easy for you to trace over. Remember that simple designs take less ink so if you would like to be economical on ink then consider going for a simple design. You can look for a design in the internet or just draw one of your own. You can use the image editor from your computer to make the image in the correct size then print out the design in paper.
The embroidery loops are usually in pairs, so take the curtain and spread it over one loop and secure it firmly by placing the other loop in. Pull the screen tightly and adjust it until it is tight then cut off the extra material ensuring not to cut too closely to the screen making it loose. On the table you are working on, tape a piece of paper at the center of the embroidery hoop over your image and trace it out. Do it lightly so that there is not a lot of pencil lead left on the screen. If tracing turns out to be difficult then print out the design in paper and cut it out then stick it down and draw from the edges. By the use of the latex paint cover the areas where you do not want to print.
Let the paint dry and look for any places where paint might not have covered and fix them. Place the screen printing t shirts on an entirely flat surface; you may place a board between the front and the back of the shirt to prevent the ink from soaking through to the back of the shirt. Place the screen where the shirt is to be printed and by use of a sponge brush blot the ink over the image. Let the design dry then wash off the paint and you can repeat the design to screen print other t-shirts.