Step 1: Get Your Supplies
- 1/2 * 1 1/2 pine (2 x 12.5", 2 x 15")
- #8 x 3/4 Sheet metal screws (8).
- A staple gun.
- A piece of window screen.
- 3M 77 Spray adhesive.
- Flat black spray paint (DEMKOTE)
- Cordless Drill
- 1/8" Drill Bit
- 1/4 Hex driver bit (for my screws)
- Compressed Air (to clean the screen after spray painting through it).
Step 2: Cut Pieces for Your Screen Frame
Step 3: Drill Pilot Holes for Your Screws
Step 4: Screw the Frame Together
Step 5: Staple the Window Screen to the Frame
Step 6: Stick the Paper to the Screen and Cut Out Your Image
Step 7: Spray Paint the Shirt
I have set the screen directly on the shirt and I had a slight grid patter from the screen. I have also elevated the screen with 4 washers (one at each corner), and I didn't have any grid showing. I think both results look pretty cool.
I have found that spraying the mask with paint thinner allowed me to blow the excess paint from the screen after painting through it. I did some impressions, let the paint dry a few days, and then did more impressions with cleaning screen. I think the dried paint from the first days use probably acted as adhesive and kept the stencil from falling off when I spritzed it with paint thinner. Having done this, I would recommend doing the first impression, letting it dry, and then doing the others with occasional cleaning. I have taken 18 impressions from my screen. Had I cleaned it earlier, I think the later impressions would have had more paint go through. The other thing I have considered is thinning the paint before spraying. This might allow deeper penetration of the paint. Still at $3.58 for the shirts and nothing for the screen, this was a very cheap project.
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