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Screen Printing

Discussion in 'Style' started by sarcasm, May 11, 2005.

  1. sarcasm

    sarcasm Elite Member

    Joined: Oct 30, 2003 Messages: 3,352 Likes Received: 35
    So, I lately I have been thinking about making my own t-shirts.
    Now, I know a lot of people are making their own shirts, and trying to slang
    them over the net to try to make a quick buck, etc. But, everybody that I
    do know, are having them custom made by a company for some couple
    hundreds of dollars. Now, you can call me cheap, but I rather not spend
    the dough to have someone else make a t-shirt for me, while I know that
    if I spend some time practicing how to screen print, I'll be able to make
    whatever I please, and make it look professional at the same time.

    I do not plan on selling the t-shirts I make, but I want to do this to keep
    me occupied and let me make a shirt that I want to wear.

    Ok. Well, I have been doing my homework and looking up shit online to
    get a feel for what the whole screen printing process actually is.

    This "kit" from dickblick.com is pretty much what everybody is suggesting
    to start off and what not. Comes with screens, frames, ink, etc. but that
    shit is expensive by itself.

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    Anyway, I just wanted to know if anybody on this forum, and I can bet
    my pennies that at least one person here screen prints t-shirts, has
    done this whole thing. Has anybody at least taken a class in highschool
    graphics class? Eh, if anybody can help me get rolling on this, any
    input would be appreciated.

    NOTE: I am not trying to make money off of this, I simply want to know
    the process of screen printing and any tips and tricks. Recomendations,
    etc...


    Also, I feel this is a good time for me to start printing b/c I just found
    out I have a pretty nice connect for american apparel t-shirts. and those
    darn things are soft.
     
  2. seeking

    seeking Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: May 25, 2000 Messages: 32,277 Likes Received: 234
    that kit is bullshit.

    screen printing is cool, but to be honest, theres kind of alot involved. id suggest taking a community college class and taking advantage of their equipment. if you're really hellbent on doing it yourself, look around on the web for tutorials and stuff. there is one site in particular (i forget the name) but its a big, almost corporate kind of site. it has write ups on everything youll ever need to know, and 100,000 things you wont.

    good luck.
     
  3. sarcasm

    sarcasm Elite Member

    Joined: Oct 30, 2003 Messages: 3,352 Likes Received: 35
    i was actually considering taking a community college class over
    the summer just like you said. i was also planning on calling this
    craft store by my house that holds craft classes ever so often. but
    i checked their website, and they didn't mention anything about
    screen printing.

    but if you could be so kind, and try to find that web-
    site, i'd appeciate it a lot.
     
  4. mackfatsoe

    mackfatsoe Veteran Member

    Joined: Oct 8, 2004 Messages: 6,532 Likes Received: 168
    If youre content doing really simple shit, you dont really need to take a class.

    I bought my sister a screen print for christmas from an art store, and it really wasnt too expensive. But yeah, like seeks said, that kit is garbage.
     
  5. sarcasm

    sarcasm Elite Member

    Joined: Oct 30, 2003 Messages: 3,352 Likes Received: 35
    yeah thats all im looking to do. nothing crazy.
     
  6. Yellow Feets

    Yellow Feets Senior Member

    Joined: Apr 10, 2004 Messages: 1,958 Likes Received: 0
    Well, here's what you asked for. Sort of... I'm doing this because I care and I have about a half an hour to kill. It's just too hot to go out right now. Plus, I'm interested as well...

    http://www.reddingk.com/
    "It's a fairly thorough guide to Xerography, Silkscreening and offset printing." Scroll all the way to the bottom and download the tutorial. You'll need Adobe Reader since the tutorial is in a .pdf format.

    http://www.reddingk.com/img/reproguide.pdf
    Here's the thingy...



    Eh, goodluck.
     
  7. sarcasm

    sarcasm Elite Member

    Joined: Oct 30, 2003 Messages: 3,352 Likes Received: 35
    hey yellow feets, that shit is actually really good. i learned some shit i didn't even knew. thanks bud
     
  8. The Hipster

    The Hipster Member

    Joined: Nov 23, 2004 Messages: 872 Likes Received: 0
    Screen-printing is grate fun try looking round your local studios a lot off the time they run cores for beginners and have good quality beds go on the beginners cores then you might able to join and use all there equipment so you don’t clutter up your house with beds, dryers, and developing rooms
     
  9. sarcasm

    sarcasm Elite Member

    Joined: Oct 30, 2003 Messages: 3,352 Likes Received: 35
    sounds like a good idea, im gonna hit up whatever store/classes or whatever to see what's the deal on this whole shpeal.
     
  10. Yellow Feets

    Yellow Feets Senior Member

    Joined: Apr 10, 2004 Messages: 1,958 Likes Received: 0
    Yeah no problem. Looking forward to those results. :) I'm about to do the same but it sounds like a lot of hassle. Whatever. Learning is key. But what I really need to do is lean how to use photoshop and all that other junk. Ugh.

    peace
     
  11. InfamousOne

    InfamousOne Member

    Joined: Jan 5, 2004 Messages: 329 Likes Received: 0
    are yall serious??? its reall not that hard... i do screenprint 4 people.. i have made over 100 shirts... i sell them 4 $25 each...i will have flick 2 morrow... chech back later...
     
  12. sarcasm

    sarcasm Elite Member

    Joined: Oct 30, 2003 Messages: 3,352 Likes Received: 35

    yeah man. i suck at photoshop too. all i know how to do is play w/the
    cropping tool, and the brightness/contrast tool. other than that, im better
    off with ms paint.

    i'm gonna want to see your stuff too, better jump on it brother
     
  13. sarcasm

    sarcasm Elite Member

    Joined: Oct 30, 2003 Messages: 3,352 Likes Received: 35

    i will be wanting to see your stuff and ask you questions if needed
     
  14. InfamousOne

    InfamousOne Member

    Joined: Jan 5, 2004 Messages: 329 Likes Received: 0

    i will be wanting to see your stuff and ask you questions if needed
    [post=3951644]Quoted post[/post]​
    [/b][/quote]im gonna post em when i get off work later tonite.... yall can ask questions if needed.... dont enroll in any calsses though... its really not that hard...
     
  15. sarcasm

    sarcasm Elite Member

    Joined: Oct 30, 2003 Messages: 3,352 Likes Received: 35
    sounds good, i'll starting asking more questions when i know what
    the hell to actually ask about
     
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