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Picture of 69 Cent T Shirt Prints
Congratulations to Paul @ kitchengardener.tumblr.com for winning the first species identification contest from punklovedesigns.com. Here's how he did it:

"At first I also thought it might be a regular Turkey-tail (Trametes versicolor). Then, because of the date you mentioned, I wondered if this might be wrong. False Turkey-tail (Stereum ostrea) seems to persist a little later into the Winter. Also your contest would have been too easy if it was the Trametes versicolor!"

Paul just earned three months of Instructables pro service for his shrewd attention to detail, good luck all on the next one!



Ever since college I’ve been dabbling with hand printing T-Shirts from my stencil designs for fun, gifts, and the occasional bit of self promotion. When I really got into stencils full steam, it made sense to to spray paint directly onto a shirt. Unfortunately, as anyone trying this method has noticed, colors besides darks and metallics have a bad tendency of diffusing throughout the cloth without leaving much of a mark. There are fabric spray paints available, but they’re generally expensive with poor coverage per can.

At a certain point I decided to quit being a knuckle head and just screen print it like everyone else. So I drove down to the arts & crafts store, picked up about $40 worth of gear, and immediately ruined a $25 screen.

Not good for an artist on a budget, anyone that doesn’t like wasting $25, or anyone that doesn’t like spending $75 for a three layer aligned print so, moving on….

When making a couple little handmade gifts for friends and family this season as Punk Love Designs, I took a quick look at my methods and realized the following:

* Spray paint methods suffer due to poor coverage, poor washability, price, and limited range of applicable colors.
* Hand painting methods suffer due to bleeding from over application of paint and mechanical stressing of fabric facilitating paint migration.
* The key advantage of screen printing methods is even, metered application of paint, with the profound disadvantage of cost.

So, just use a napkin as a paint buffer, presto chango, hybrid stencil screen prints for 69¢.
 
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Could I use ink (for pen art)? I have a bottle just laying around and nothing to do with it. Idk if it would be to liquidly or if it would be fine. But seems like ink would hold better in the fabric.
Idk.. What do you think about that approach?
Punk Love Designs (author)  KemikalzAreFun9 months ago
Sorry for the delayed response here, but you'd need a thick ink that didn't fan out too much. What it comes down to are how large or mobile are the particles of ink in the solvent. Some pigments may travel quickly with the solvent and sort of fan out & blur, where other pigments may get trapped in the fibers of the shirt and stay there as the solvent dries. This will vary by ink & cloth, so always try a couple thin lines & dots on a bit of spare material first.

There's a good chance you'll need a binder for the ink to stay on through the washes. I've had nice results in other media with Mop & Glo as a cheap, thin, and clear acrylic binder.
sheryle1 year ago
Really cool, but maybe I am missing something, LOL, prob me, but what is covering in step 4? Is it the napkin for application? Thanks want to try. Also, how bad is the fabric paint bought some to try to paint my couch. If works going to post instructable. But looks great. Love the bee love your text
Punk Love Designs (author)  sheryle1 year ago
Thanks Sheryle! What you see in step 4 is the paint soaked napkin, paint side down laid carefully over the stencil. That way when you roll over it it pushes the paint through the stencil. What is the paint base? Paint may give a raised, coarser texture. This will repel stains very well, but make the fabric less breathable where it touches your skin. Also be very careful it passes the white pants test! Will be super nice for a kinda hippie flower couch or patterning.

Whatever you get, try it on a test patch first and seal it carefully. Good luck!
Wow, that's a crazy technique! I've never heard of anything like it. Maybe you can do an Instructable on how you made that awesome stencil too?
Punk Love Designs (author)  scoochmaroo1 year ago
Thanks Scoochmaroo! I've got a ton of old projects I've been thinking of posting and with this amazing response I'm definitely going to make it a habit. What interests you more, the fly or the lettering?
thanks for posting, I have also tried spray paint and found the results disappointing.
Most welcome liquidhandwash, I attached one made with gold metallic paint below. I used Rust-Oleum and applied the image with 2 light to moderate sprays per stencil. They look great but only last a couple washes. I've tried spraying color onto gold or black base coats with only a light tint. If you apply acrylic gesso beforehand, you can spray paint away exactly as you would on paper, cheers!
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