I was curious to see how it worked but also curious to see how it might be applied to DIY clothing. First we made stencil-prints (the dog below) and then moved on to actual screens. I brought a repetitive pattern to screen onto my army surplus laundry bag so I could see how screen printing interacted with ready-made items that have seams. I was trying to compare the laborious work of block-printing a pattern on a solid piece of apparel and screen printing a more uniform design onto the same.
^ learning how to use pressure to apply the ink ^
^ the design I brought to have burned onto a screen ^
^ how it actually came out on my bag ^
^ the final bag - and some lessons learned ^
It was challenging to line up the repetitive pattern so one screen print lined up right next to the other. I didn't realize that I'd have to keep rotating the bag under the screen to get all areas covered so I had to be strategic with that so all areas could be printed on. (Clearly I wasn't entirely successful.) While block-printing would be challenging to manually line up (or strategically place) as well, screen printing didn't have a lot of clear advantages either except for the crispness of the print.
There was no perfect way to re-do the areas that came out lighter as I didn't tape the bag into place every single time. If I'd been more careful, I could have fixed those lighter areas.
A lot of people brought tote bags or t-shirts (or underwear) to print on using one design for the middle and those came out pretty well and looked really nice. I think I just picked something that screen printing is not really made for but it was an interesting experiment. I'll be trying block printing in the future, I think! Once I get some energy back anyway. (The good news is that I seem to have gained two pounds back between 5/21 and 6/4. The bad news is that my "elimination diet" meal plan, which is very limited to see what foods I'm having a reaction to, was upped to 1800. Healthy-Me would have had no trouble with that by noon but Compromised-Me is having a really really hard time with it.)