Thanks to modern technology it is now possible to learn how to screen print. Not only is the process easy, but it is also very inexpensive. If you want to make your own t-shirt at home, here is what you need to do. Note: do not confuse this with printing your computer screen, which is another matter altogether.

T-Shirt Printing

 Required Tools and Materials

- Watercolor Paints

- Blank Paper

- Mod Podge

- Fabric Ink or Screen Printing Ink

- Transparent or gauzy curtain

Needed Tools

- Embroidery Hoops

- Sponge Brush

- Paint Brush

- Stencil

Instructions

Step 1

Make a design for your t-shirt, the one that you want to screen print.

Step 2

Now stretch the curtain between a couple of embroidery hoops to make the screen. If necessary, make some adjustments to the material so the upper part becomes firm.

Step 3

Remove any excess material and carefully tape down the design you just made. Now place the screen in the center and have it covered.

Step 4

Begin tracing your design on the screen, taking care not to make any mistakes. If there are areas you do not want to print on, use the mod podge for it.

Step 5

Let it dry. The drying time will depend on the design you made. When it is dry, test it on a blank paper and apply some watercolor paint. If there are any mistakes, then the mod podge  has to be applied again.

Step 6

Now stretch your t-shirt and on an even surface. Put a piece of cardboard between the back and front. Put the screen at the spot where you want the design to be printed on.

Step 7

Using a sponge brush, blot ink all over the area. Let this dry out.

Notes on Designing

If this is your first time to design, make it simple so you do not get frustrated. It is much better if you get a t-shirt design completed first before moving on to more complex designs. That is okay; when you have finished making a simple t-shirt, then you can move on to more intricate designs.

You won’t be lacking in choices when it comes to inspiration as there are lots of sources out there, but make sure to make it your own. Note also that complex designs are going to need a lot of ink. If you don’t have any experience yet it is better to just start with a few basic designs and not waste ink.

Other Information

While there are many kinds of t-shirts it is better to stick with a plain one as your designs will be more apparent and not get drowned out by the noisy design of the shirt. Also keep in mind that the shirt design you use will have an effect on the final appearance of your design. If you are having problems centering the design, then you just use a tight fitting shirt.

Also remember that the screen you made can still be used later on when you make other shirts. Another thing you have to consider is that these things will require some patience especially when you are trying to correct all the errors. But that’s nothing to get frustrated about. As long as you know how to screen print then it you will eventually learn how to make cool looking and professional designs

Ron is a free lancer writer of http://www.iqio.org/ .