"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¢.