TIP: A single pass with a light amount of pressure creates a lighter print that looks almost faded from the sun for Day-One Vintage.
I made it at Techshop http://techshop.ws
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Step 1: Source Tshirts for $0.99 Each
TIP: even in SF at walgreens you can purchase tshirts for under $3 each
TIP: When printing even on a micro thin tshirt the ink did not leak through onto the opposite layer.
Step 2: Prepare the Negative Vinyl Image With Hand Lettering / Calligraphy
TIP: When preparing the reversed vinyl stencil a good method is to write on the backside of the vinyl and cut from the back to produce your stencil that will show up correctly on the final print.
Step 3: Choose Locations to Apply Ink With Silkscreen Printing Process
I printed with a mixture of the following locations on the tshirt.
front side middle
back side center
back side bottom
right side chest
back side bottom middle
back side center
Step 4: Distressed Examples of Screen Print
Here are the first round of prints showing a great distressed look as a result of
1) not enough ink on silkscreen
2) not enough pressure on 4-way set-up (when using clamps I was able to use less squeegee pressure)
3) not making a second pass which when I started to make created a solid print.
Note: the distressed look is more on the stencil SFlettering.com portion than on the SF portion which is showing better.
Also note that on the blue tshirt on the right that I doubled up the SFlettering.com stencil to produce a distressed shadow and a more complete top layer.
Step 5: Getting Better Quality Results With Silk Screening
TIP: If you want a perfect professional job each time you might need to practice 50 times before expecting good results from the print process and consistent results from lining up the image on each tshirt.
Notice how the SFlettering.com stencil area at the right edge ".com" had a flooded space for the letter "M". The stencil placement onto the silkscreen was too close to the right edge to print properly. This print on white also shows that in the process ink from the letter "M" got on the bottom of the stencil and would have ruined a great print if I did not like the artistic integrity that it brought to the final look on such a plain white tshirt.
In this step there are 3 examples of higher quality prints from this process of 10 shirts for $10 and some $5 worth of ink.
Step 6: 10 Shirts in About 2 Hours - Including Dry Time
I started the process with the smaller stencil which dried more quickly and then did the larger SF stencil after all tshirts had dried from the first silkscreen printing application. Without using heat to speed up the drying process the smaller print areas dried in less than the time to print the 10 tshirts. The large stencil dried within 30 minutes on all but the polo shirt shown second row 4th shirt from left.
I will post another instructable on how to heat set the tshirts - stay tuned
Some of these images are a bit blurred while other images are an accurate view of the distressed vintage look which I thinks looks best on an already worn thrift store tshirt.