Tuesday, October 6, 2009

gettin' crafty: a little mod podge is an amazing thing

mod podge is a pretty amazing thing.
it dries quick...
it is easy to paint with...
it is water soluble...
this makes mod podge the perfect choice
for making your own screen prints.
what you need:
a shirt to make wonderful
a bit of creative inspiration
an embroidery hoop
sheer fabric (a sheer curtain works really well)
a pencil
a decent paint brush
screen printing ink (i got mine at hobby lobby)
mod podge, of course
a cheap, stiff paint brush
draw out your design
put fabric in the hoop

trace design on fabric
*you might check to see how big
it will be on your shirt first

flip the hoop over
if you don't your hoop with glue down to your work surface

mod podge the parts you don't
want the ink to go through,
let dry

when the design is completely dry flip it over and position it on your shirt
hold it down and apply screen printing ink liberally with a stiff brush

*it's a good idea to put something between the layers of your shirt

you are working to push the ink through the screen
you can get a more "worn" effect by
working the ink into the screen less
pull up the screen and check out your results
when shirt is completely dry,
heat set with an iron according to ink directions
you can wash out and reuse the screen.
i've made up to 25 shirts with the same screen,
just wash it off every few shirts.

here's my "new" screen printed shirt for boy...
i'd love to see yours...

here are a few more of the many i've made...
i love this project!

for boy's first rockin' pirate birthday party...

race for the cure team shirts, including one for boy...
they have a little 80's punk vibe, very fun to make.

told you mod podge was pretty amazing.


Mod Podge Amy said...

I haven't done this yet, but I definitely need to! You are inspiring me to get my Mod Podge screenprinting on. . . :D

Kari @ Ucreate said...

This rocks!! I'm so featuring this!

Polly said...

Thanks for the fabulous tutorial. I've tried home screen printing before, but nevr with much success. NEVER thought of modge podge. How clever!

Sabii Wabii said...

This is a GREAT idea! Have you notified Mod Podge and shared? This one I have not seen before.

Sherri S said...

I LOVE this idea! Too cool. Does the paint hold up with washing?

Deb said...

Oh, I love this idea!

Amanda said...

I can't wait to show this to my teenage daughter. She and her friends are always making shirts.

Thanks for sharing!

Hollis said...

wow, THat is great! I didn't know that you could do this! I want to go out now and start making my own clothes! Love this! Thanks for sharing!

Tegan and Tage said...

What a great idea! I'll have to try that. :)

momof2girls said...

I love this! Did you use a stencil for the letters?

rachelanna said...

Sherri, i use speedball screen printing ink and it does hold up pretty well. the heat setting is really important. it will get a "worn" look as you wash it, but people pay big money for brand new Ts at the mall with that imperfect worn look.

rachelanna said...

momof2girls, i hand lettered my screen, but there are all kinds of cool free font sites. you can print out your lettering and trace it on.

rachelanna said...

amanda, let me know how it goes. i would love to see what your daughter and her friends come up with!