My first four T-Shirts
Friday, February 17, 2006

Here's a collected shot of the four shirts I've had a go at silk screening. Each used a slightly differnt method, with different results. By #4, I'm using clear plastic for my stencils, which have made lining up each colour layer much easier. This is too much fun!



Friday, February 17, 2006 11:43 AM


Those are awesome!!

- Soul

Friday, February 17, 2006 11:52 AM


Beautiful! Have to say 3 is my fav!

Friday, February 17, 2006 11:56 AM


I forgot you were Canadian and couldn't figure #4 out at first. They are all really lovely.

Friday, February 17, 2006 12:01 PM


really like the design of #4 (altho i thought of leafonwind rather then canada)

Friday, February 17, 2006 12:16 PM


My favorite is three!

Friday, February 17, 2006 1:15 PM


I really like 3 and 4. Seriously 2x2, I would totally pay for one of these. :-D

Friday, February 17, 2006 1:45 PM


Omg... 2,3 and 4 are AWESOME!!!!

Friday, February 17, 2006 2:00 PM


Wow, these are really cool; far superior to all the cafepress attempts. I really like #2 and would also pay money for one.

Friday, February 17, 2006 2:22 PM


Those look great! I'm a fan of number 3 myself, but they're all shiny.

Friday, February 17, 2006 3:08 PM


Ooooo :o I want #3

Friday, February 17, 2006 7:50 PM


If you want to get high quality your art in adobe Illustrator...then do your seperations(screens)..print them to a laser printer w/ postscript capabilities and use vellum paper...then spray the paper w/ clear krylon...then burn your screens using standard Union emulsion and a halogen work light placed about 3 ft. above the screen....that's a homemade version of the techniques we use at the screenprinting shop I work for..thought I'd share the knowledge

Friday, February 17, 2006 8:32 PM


Thanks everyone!
Of course, you all *would* have to like the one that was the biggest SOB to work on of the lot <grin> To be honest, it looks more faded in real life, the flash has made the colours look much brighter... black is quite annoying to work on.

And, yeah, #4 is my take on a Canadian Browncoat shirt ;o)

furiousmonkeyboy, yeah, I've read up about the emulsion method... right now, its a bit more involved than I was planning to get, and also incures greater cost, but that being said, the results are awesome.. I don't doubt that at sometime in the future I'll try playing around with it... thanks for the tip!

Still no immediate plans to sell t-shirts... that's a lot to think about, but I suppose it's not an impossibility... my get rich quick scheme, eh? ;o)

thanks again!

Saturday, February 18, 2006 1:54 AM


so great...hey like my stuff the time you figure in labor, materials and the flub ups you would have sell them for a much for getting rich quick..but we're not in this for the money, right? Well, maybe a little..keep up the shiny work..oh,by the way I like #3 also..

Saturday, February 18, 2006 2:30 AM


Yep no 3 is my favourite too. Though they all rock.

Saturday, February 18, 2006 8:21 AM


I'd LOVE to make my own silk screened T-shirts. Are there any DIY sites that give step-by-step instructions using easy to get supplies? I looked around a bit but didn't find anything that I'd trust.

Any ideas?

Saturday, February 18, 2006 9:25 AM


You're exactly right, mphillips... :o) Not in it for the money... I'm in it cuz of the love... which we all understand...

mycroftxxx: has great instruction on how to do your own silk screening. This is where I first learned what to do. I also just Googled around, and found some tips in some LJ's, such as using White Glue for screen filler, and using old Sheer curtains as screen material, as opposed to buying an expensive screen from an art store.
I've been using Speedball's silk screen paints, which I bought at an art store (Curry's)... I haven't seen the paints at other places, I think it's sort of a dedicated Art store kinda product... but any place that sells Speedball inks, or paints, or the like can probably order in the silk screening stuff... Oh, I also just bought my squeegee at a dollar store, rather than from the art store, again, works just as well, and only cost a buck... and I've been using 'recycled' t-shirts, i.e. bought used for about $2 a shirt, which has kept my overall production costs VERY low... in total, I spent $30 on the paint, $2 on a set of sheer curtains (again, second hand) $1 on a squeegee, $2 on a length of 2x2, $1 on some white glue, and then had on hand the tape and staples and nails I used to put the frame together, for a total start up cost less than $40 (Canadian too).. plus the cost of the shirts you want to screen... and then whatever you want to use as your stencil... I haven't looked into the cost of emulsion yet, since that's a bit more complex, but I'm becomming more intrigued by the minute :o)
Anyway, hope that helps, and just take a look around on Google, you'll find lots of information.. the rest is just seeing what things work best, and coming up with a design... It's tons of fun and simple as heck... so give it a try and have fun!


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My first four T-Shirts
Here's a collected shot of the four shirts I've had a go at silk screening. Each used a slightly differnt method, with different results. By #4, I'm using clear plastic for my stencils, which have made lining up each colour layer much easier.
This is too much fun!

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