Step 1: Get Inspiration!
The Makah reservation (Neah Bay, WA) was inspirational for me.
I fell in love with the art form of the Makah.
Step 2: A Rainbow That Did Not Move for 90 Minutes
Step 3: Learn the Art Form / Make the Design
I was able to use them to help me make my first Orca design.
I drew the design on paper, scanned it into Corel, then cleaned up the vectors.
Step 4: Cut the Art on a Vinyl Cutter
You can also learn more about doing the vinyl process by this instructable: https://www.instructables.com/id/Decorating-an-8-foot-baseball-bat/
After you cut the art out on the vinyl cutter, you affix the negative image to a 150 line screen.
Step 5: Mount the Screen on the Silk Screen Press - Do a Test Print
After you mount the screen, you need to flood the screen with the ink. You use an ink squeegee to draw the ink onto the holes on the screen. Note the angle of the squeegee relative to the screen -- 45 degrees.
Once you've done this, place a test piece of fabric down (the blue fabric), and do a test print.
Step 6: Lay Out the Shirt and Print
You lower the screen and print.
These are the results.
When you are done, you need to let the ink dry, then take an iron and a piece of muslin and heat set the ink/design by ironing over the muslin with the iron on a "cotton" setting.
I made it at TechShop!