Post # 1
Does anyone know the ins and outs of screen printing cloth? I’m wanting to trying my hand at DIY screen printing and bought some cheep wood picture frames to try it out. I was going to just buy some cheap curtain sheers, or get some Organza on sale but thought maybe I’d better check on what type of material the pros use. I’m sure there’s a <span style=”line-height: 115%; font-family: ‘Verdana’,’sans-serif’; font-size: 8.5pt”>specific thread count to the pro screens but know nothing about them. Anyone out there know? I’d like to be able to get a nice crisp print on text. I’d think that if fine text is achievable then larger designed prints wouldn’t be a problem, no?
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2009 - Westwind YWCA camp
I don’t know about the thread count you need, but this sounds awesome!
What materials are you using to screen print? Any specific type of ink and exposing thing? Did you find a good kit?
Post # 4
I have not bought a kit. I was planning on using some scrap cardboard (old cerial and cracker boxes) for a scraper and trying some different types of ‘ink’. I have some acrylics, oils, house paint, and fabric paints I’d like to try to see what the different results will be. I visited the local Dick Blick a few weeks ago and saw they have speedball inks that were maybe $6 a tube and might buy red, blue, yellow, black and white and mix my own colors. In jr hi school I remember making my own stamps and using a brayer with pail old acrylic ink, so I don’t see why acrylic wouldn’t work for screen printing. Acrylics can be thinned if the spreadablity is an issue. As for emulsion I have not done enough research yet to figure out what kind I’d like to try. I figure Vegas sun is enough to expose with I won’t need any heat lamps just wait till the sun comes up. There are several touritals online for DIY screen printing. I know I’ve read on weddingbee about other bees who’ve done their own as well. I’m thinking about making a few totes and make up bags for my maids and maybe shirts for the ringbarers and flower girls. I haven’t decided if I’ll do a printed back drop yet for my photo booth. But, if I do I’ll probably screen print that as well. So, I’ll be printing on fabric. Also thought about trying it out on paper. I might do the invitations and other paper printing this way too.