My husband's ex wife is participating on the Walk to End Lupus Now and she wanted to make some "team" t-shirts. I offered her my help and my step-daughter joined me in the fun too. I didn't have HTV to make 10 shirts but I thought, how about fabric paint? I saw some tutorials online about using my cameo to cut the stencils but I wanted to make something that would last me at least the 10 shirts I needed to paint and I remember my parents do screen printing, duh!
After watching several YouTube videos on screen printing I was set on going that route until....I realized I needed so many supplies I didn't have! Starting by the paint, booo!! Then I bit the bullet and went to Hobby Lobby where I found this beauty!
It's a screen printing starter pack! OH.MY.GOSH! But the bummer was the price, $79.99!!! I had a coupon but still, I wasn't going to spend that much. So I had plans on making my own screen out of pieces of wood DH has in the shed and an old shower liner and then...hiding behind the paints and squeegee I saw an already made screen, wahoo! $16.99 minus my 40% off discount? SCORE! The paint was $8.99 but I could have used a coupon if I drove across the street to Michael's but I was running late to pick my DD up from school, so I went ahead and paid the full price for it. (speedball white)
Then I came home and cut my "stencil" using my cameo and 651 (outdoor grade) vinyl. Don't be scared, the vinyl is super sticky so it will stay in place but it won't be permanent, it was easy to remove with some warm water. Use transfer paper to lift your vinyl and apply it to your screen.
The Big Ben and Smiles are shapes I got from the Silhouette store and the smile shape behind the sentiment is from a freebie I got from Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons. I made a compound path so the words could be seen as part of the smile.
Here is a collage I made. Sorry for the pictures but I didn't want to bring my nice camera out and get it dirty with paint, so we used an iPhone for the pictures.
And here is one of the t-shirts all done :)
One big difference I noticed is that if you use a screen to print, you will get a clearer image, you won't see the grain lines from a sponge or brush and it will be even, besides you won't have any ink running under your stencil and onto your material. It also dries faster than if you applied the stencil directly on the shirt. Makes sense? Overall, I prefer this method and I will use it from now on.
Here is a picture of two HTV applications I also made yesterday. Can you tell I was on a roll? lol
The HTV application, allowed me to make a detailed print of my design. You can see every bit of the Big Ben you can't on my painted shirts. I am still happy with my new screen printing skills. And the other shirt is just an extra I made for my son, he will be 15 months tomorrow and I always take pictures of him at least once a month to keep track of his growth in pictures and too document it on my Project Life album.
If you have any questions about HTV or screen printing using your cameo, just ask away. I will be happy to help.
Have a crafty week!
The train is from the Happy Sil Facebook Group.