Alright, so this shirt isn’t really screen printed; after much experimentation and terror involving bleach, printing paper and wax, I used freezer paper for a stencil and screen printing quality paints. The image is placed on the lower left side of a fitted black shirt.
With Hanukkah just around the corner, and Christmas, Kwanzaa, and a boat-load of festivities on the way, why not make a gift this year? You still have time!
4. Ornament/Key Chain
All you need is a little Sculpey and some time. There are plenty of tutorials and projects to work from over at the Sculpey site, and many more scattered all over the web. The little guys up above I made last year with plain white Sculpey, and then painted with acrylics.
5. Screenprint/Paint Clothing
If you have the time, the gear, and a little bit of time to practice, you can screenprint a shirt, tie, you name it! I used EZ Screen Print, which is a great ‘no-chemical’ way to make screens, but I found that the shipping was so much for the special paper, and I wasn’t using the screens to their full potential. So another method of putting a desired image onto fabric is using the freezer paper method! Much cheaper, and works just as well I find! You do need a little more time to do it, and a little more practice, but you get *fantastic* results. Here’s a few good tutorials, but there are lots of other ones out there – investigate and decide what works best for you!
Some shirts that I designed and screen-printed (with help from the hubby) for a bride (my sister!) and her bridesmaids (include me!) to wear pre-wedding. Sigh, if we only had one more person in the wedding party – we would have had enough for a baseball team.
Dingo Games company T-shirts, made in the summer of ’08 and worn proudly since. Made with StencilPro and aided by my wonderful husband. While I imagine that I do a pretty ok job of ‘screening’ small images, I don’t seem to have the consistent arm strength needed to squeegee bigger images, so that’s where I run to my computer scientist for help.
It has been a busy couple of weeks that began with PAX and ended with a trip to the Mandarin. And the middle, like an Oreo cookie, was filled with the best stuff; family, friends, Pate‘s corn, the Toronto Zoo, Cyrano, German board games and a very, very fun and beautiful wedding. It’s good to be home and to get back to working on Musketeer related projects – apart from game work, there are 5 ostrich plumes and a black felted hat that are requesting my attention.
This is another gift I created for my Dad. I screen-printed part of an image from Napoleon Crossing the Alps onto a silk tie. I also gave him a gift that wasn’t homemade by me, but still had that homemade touch; a golf towel with a Napoleon quote embroider on it, completed by Tattletale Designs. She did a fantastic job (all of her work is so professional and classy!).
Bring on the weekend I say!