Friday, July 2, 2010

"Use the force!"

I've always wanted to try my hand at screen printing.  Today, I did it.  In the past, I've used the freezer paper method and citrasolv with photo copies.  I have been collecting the supplies for a couple of weeks.  Between coupons from Michael's and Hobby Lobby, I finally gathered everything.  I actually made my own screen from a flat frame picked up for $2 at the Salvation Army.  I just stapled extra curtain sheer material on for the screen.  It looks like this:


My son really loves Star Wars right now.  So, we decided to do his favorite character.  I found a Star Wars dingbat free download at Dafont.com.  I put together my design on Photoshop Elements.  I printed it out and had 2 transparencies made at Kinko's for 75 cents per transparency for each design. 

I followed a great tutorial from Lil Blue Boo's blog found here.  If you haven't checked out her blog, take some time.  She makes such cute things.  I basically followed her directions to a T.  After I exposed the screen, here is what it looked like:


The only thing left was to put the fabric paint onto screen and apply it.  Now, I have to do is to heat set it after it is dried completely. 




Won't my husband and son look cute playing Star Wars with their light sabers?
 

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