Screen Print your own t-shirts How-To

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Screen printing is a fantastic way to cheaply make branded items, or even one off custom pieces. Need a silly t-shirt to surprise a friend with? Printing it yourself is the cheapest way to make that happen! Kids can even get the hang of printing VERY quickly and be apart of the entire process, which is awesome!

Here are a few things that I didnt cover in the video that I think will give you better results.

Use high dpi screens. These provide finer detail, and have significantly improved my prints.

Have someone hold your frame so that you can use two hands to evenly pull the squeegee.

If you dont have access to a dryer for heat setting, you can cover the print with a piece of paper and iron it for a minute.

If using a dark material, look for an ink labeled super opaque. Youll get a brighter colored print.

Youll need a screen and squeegee to start.

Also, some photo emulsion for screen printing.

Add water to the sensitizer, then mix it with the emulsion.

Mix thoroughly until its an even green color.

Pour just a small amount onto the screen.

Use the squeegee to spread it evenly on both sides of the screen. Try to get even and full coverage by alternating directions and sides.

Dry the emulsion in front of a fan and IN THE DARK.

After its dry, quickly lay your artwork, backwards, on the back of the screen. You can print your art on transparencies at most office supplies stores or copy centers.

Tape the art in place, then lay on a piece of glass to hold it against the screen.

Apply a very bright light for 30-45 minutes.

You can also use sunlight, but the time may vary depending on cloud cover and placement.

The areas covered by your art do not get exposed when you remove the transparency.

Use a light spray and soft toothbrush to wash out the unexposed emulsion.

Be careful not to use too much force when spraying it out or you will remove emulsion around your design as well.

Use painters tape to mask any areas that you dont want to print yet, or areas where the emulsion isnt intact.

Layout your shirt on smooth, flat surface and remove wrinkles.

Place your design where you want it to be printed.

Lay a thick bead of ink above the art, extended past both ends. Be sure to add extra ink above large areas to be printed.

Even though Im working alone here, youll have better luck to have someone hold your screen, then use two hands to evenly pull the squeegee fully across your screen.

Remove the screen and wash out all of the ink before it dries. After the ink dries, run your shirt through a clothes dryer for 5 minutes to heat set the print.

The screens can be reused by cleaning them with emulsion remover.

Spread a small amount across both sides of the screen.

Then use a hose to wash out the emulsion until the screen is clean. Dark inks will stain the material of the screen, but this will not affect future prints. Just make sure to remove all of the emulsion. Second channel: bit.ly/iltms-2

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Make And Print Your Own Coloring Pages

Coloring pages and coloring books for grownups are seeing a surge in popularity right now. Adults are remembering again that its fun to color!  And more than just being fun, it can be a low cost way to relax and get a little stress relief by creating beautiful designs and colorful pictures.

I joined in on the fad this week too when I wanted a little quiet time of stress relief by sitting down and doing some coloring.  I dug my colored pencils out of storage and then started searching for some free printable coloring pages  but instead ended up making my own!

Because thats what I do around here I make my own 🙂

I came across a site thats a free online tool that lets you create your own geometric designs to print off and color.  When you choose their Design New option, you get to Add Shapes and Clone Shapes and start building your own designs.  It takes a little bit of fiddling to figure out what to do, but once you get the hang of it, its kind of cool!  Heres one of the designs I came up with and you can click this link if you would like to print it:The Make Your Own Zone Printable Coloring Design

The design seemed a little small to me when I first printed it off as it didnt fill up my entire sheet or printer paper BUT once I started coloring I decided it was in fact a very manageable size for coloring that let me finish my design in the amount of time I had available that day.

Another fun option off their main menu is the Color option that lets you choose from one of their premade designs and then virtually fill it in with color.  A nice option if you dont have any markers, colored pencils, or crayons around.  I played around with that for a while too and colored this pretty little design:

If youre not quite feeling up to the task of making your own designs , there are lots of ready-made adult coloring pages to print for free online as well.  Heres a few sites to check out:

Coloring Pages For  Lots of categories of pages to choose from and print.

Easy Peasy and Fun There are several free pages to print on this blog if you look around a bit.  A few of my favorites are thepeacock, theflower swirl, and thedream catcher.

So give yourself the treat of a little quiet time enjoying the fun of patterns, designs, and colors.  You might discover (as I usually do) that the time flies by!

You might also like to readMake Your Own Watercolor Paints another fun and relaxing way to play with color!

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Do you know of a place where you can convert an image into an adult coloring page?

Ive tried a few things to convert images to coloring pages, but havent yet found anything Im really happy with. One option thats not too bad is using the free photo editing site . Upload your photo, click on the photo effects icon on the top bar (it looks like a wand with stars). Once you are in the photo effects, choose the Pencil Sketch option. This will turn your photo into a format that looks like a black white pencil sketch, which could then be used like a coloring page.

Youre right! I thought it was fun to do the designing myself as well as the coloring.

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