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How to Silk Screen on a


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How to Silk Screen on a
College Student Budget

                    Written By:
               Amor Marie Ausan

                                                Table of Contents

Supplies & Tools.............................................   3
     Brief Descriptions of Materials.........................   3

Instructions.................................................   4

Expenses.....................................................   7

                                                           Supplies & Tools

  ◊   T-shirt                                 ◊   Paintbrushes
  ◊   Fabric paint                            ◊   Pencil
  ◊   Mod Podge                               ◊   Image for design
  ◊   Embroidery hoop                         ◊   Printer
  ◊   Tulle netting                           ◊   Computer
  ◊   Sponge

T-shirt: Choose a t-shirt which can take paint in very well, most preferably
      made of 100% cotton.

Fabric paint: Fabric paint comes in an array of colors; choose one that is
      of your liking. Do NOT use regular paint because most likely it is
      washable and it will rinse off in the wash.

Mod Podge: Mod Podge is decoupage glue that is water-based, dries clear, and
      perfect for this particular   project. Other brands of decoupage glue:
      Aleene’s, Royal Coat, check your local art store.
      ***Do NOT use Elmer’s glue because it is washable.

Embroidery Hoop: Embroidery hoop is used for cross stitching, but for our
      purpose it’ll be used as a part of our stencil.

Tulle netting:   The material we will use as our primary stencil is tulle
      netting.   It is used for veils, ribbons, etc.

Paintbrushes & Sponge: Cheap, disposable paintbrushes can be used. You will
      need art sponges, not the once from your kitchen counter.

Image for Design: Either print images out from the computer that you like,
      use a picture from a magazine, or sketch out an image.


Step I: Set up the stencil, using the embroidery hoop & netting

     Materials Needed:
                    -Embroidery Hoop
                    -Tulle Netting

     ◊  Cut a piece from the tulle netting big
        enough so it’s at least 20% bigger than
        the embroidery hoop.
     ◊ Pull apart the embroidery hoop; there
        are two hoops – one with the fastener
        and the other without.
     ◊ Lay down the hoop without the fastener,
        take your netting and center your
        netting on top of the hoop. [Fig. 1]
     ◊ Then take the other hoop and attach it
        on top of the hoop with the netting –
        slightly tighten the hoops giving the
        netting room to be adjusted.
                                                        Fig. 1
     ◊ The netting should be stretched out
        enough that there are no wrinkles on it. Be careful not
     to rip the netting because if it’s too tight, it will rip.
     ◊ Once the netting is stretched, securely fasten the hoops.
        Make sure the hoops are fastened tightly.

Step II: Creating an image onto your stencil
     Materials Needed:
                    -Hoop & Netting
                    -Image for design

     ◊   Print out an image from a computer, use a magazine
         picture, use letters, etc. to use as your image – here I
         printed out a New Jersey outline. [See Fig. 2]
     ◊   Place your hoop with the netting on top of your image.
     ◊   Trace the outline of your image using a pencil; you may
         need to go over your lines over and over again so you can
         see the outline in your netting.

                               Fig. 2

Step III: Making your stencil
     Materials Needed:
                    -Hoop & Netting
                    -Mod Podge
                    -Image(optional)               Fig. 3
   ◊ Set up a workspace, e.g. laying down newspapers, because we
     will be using glue, i.e. Mod Podge.
   ◊ The next step can be done in two ways, either directly over
     the image or without the image just using the outlines you
     traced over.
   ◊ Using the Mod-Podge, apply the glue to the space of the
     image which will not be transferred to the t-shirt, this is
     called the negative space. [See Fig. 3]
        o For my t-shirt, I want the shape of New Jersey, so I
          will be putting glue on the space outside of the

            ◊   Making the stencil takes a while because you have
                to first apply it, wait until it dries, and then
                do touch ups.

Step IV: Making your T-shirt
     Materials Needed:
                     -Hoop & netting
                     -Fabric paint
     ◊ Now, the fun part. Take your t-shirt, place it down on
        your workspace, and decide the placement of your image on
        the t-shirt.
     ◊ Once you’ve decided on the location, place the hoop &
        netting on your t-shirt.
     ◊ Using your sponge and paint, take a small amount of paint
        and dab it on to your stencil. Note that the netting is
        thin enough that paint will go through it. [See Fig. 4.1]
     ◊ Keep applying paint until you get your desired look. It
        might not look perfect and that’s why we retouch.
     ◊ Once you finish applying the paint, lift the hoop &
        netting off. [See Fig.4.3]
     ◊ With a paintbrush and now with a vivid image on your t-
        shirt, you can do a little retouching. Don’t over do it
        because the paint might soak through to the other side.
        [See Fig. 4.5]

◊   Let your t-shirt dry for about 24 hours or even more,
    making sure that your paint is completely dry.

                             Fig. 4

Step V:   Rock Your T-Shirt!!


Since we are all college students trying to save money as much
as we can, I thought that this information might help you out
and may even convince you to try this nice art project.

Mod Podge -       $5.27 (can be reused as just regular glue)
Fabric paint -    $2+ (depending on choice of color(s))
Paintbrushes -    $2+ (you can use cheap brushes)
Sponge –          $3.29 for a 4 pack
Embroidery hoop - $13 (a bit costly but reusable)
Tulle netting - $4.72 for 25 yards
T-shirt -         $3.99+

Note:   These prices are based on AC Moore store prices.

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