Post # 1
Just a curiosity, but have any of you ever at home screen printed? I have been looking at things on etsy and loooove this silk screened tote for wedding gifts, but it’s so expenisve (for the number I would want) so I thought I would get your opinions on DIYing it.
My mom has a T-shirt heat press in her garage, but I am not sure how durable something like that is in comparison…. Just thought I would check with all you knowledgeable bees!
Post # 3
Screen printing DIY works really well, just be prepared to practice first, especially if you have never done it before!
It really is durable, and isn’t too difficult or time consuming either! Hit up your crafts store and look at the kits- pretty cheap, easy, and you will enjoy it!
Post # 4
Oh good! I’m so glad to hear that! I started watching videos of it online.. but tell me, how do you make the actual screens?
Have you ever Heat pressed before?
Post # 5
Having done both extensively, I can tell you that screen printing is much more difficult (setup, materials, and you have to practice!) but the results are more lasting. I think for something as simple as gift bags for guests you might want to stick to the heat press. It is much faster and cheaper. Screen printing will of course give a more professional look though.
Post # 6
@jillieb:I always used the old embroidery hoops we have laying around the house, and a porous fabric (such as a tight mesh) and wax paper for the outlines. Once you get the hang of it, its quite simple. (That, and if you wash and rinse the mesh, you can reuse it for projects in the future.) I also use acrylic paint (tee hee! cheating!) for the actual printing becuase it molds nicely to fabrics. You can look at spending about 30 dollars for the entire thing.
To me, heat press looks really DIY, and I always thought that if you DIY something, you want it to look like you didn’t 🙂 It is definitely easier, a teeny bit cheaper, and significantly less professional. It’s not worth the extra pocket change to me, but is worth a shot if you aren’t so so artsy 🙂
Post # 7
I’m not sure about the heat press thing… but I’d consider talking to your local screen printing shop to see what they would charge for printing a large quantity of totes. Typically, the more you purchase the better the prices. Plus they have experienced people doing the art work and create any design you desire.
Post # 8
I’m a huge fan of screenprinting and actually just recently posted a diy screenprinting tutorial on my blog detailing the process.seting up ur own print station at home is pretty easy and depending on ur needs can cost between 50-100 bucks in order to burn ur screen u can look up screen printing supply shops inur area they can burn ur image for about 10 bucks
Post # 9
@MidCenturyVee: Can you PM me your blog? I would love to see the tutorial! I went to Michael’s yesterday and looked at kits and stuff.. I think I am totally going to do screen printing! yay 🙂