Screen Print your own t-shirts // How-To

Screen Print your own t-shirts // How-To

SCREEN PRINT T-SHIRTS Hey I’m Bob, at I like to make stuff. Today I’m going to show you how to screen print your own t-shirts. You’re going to need a screen, a squeegee, and some photo emulsion. This stuff comes in 2 parts. You’re going to add a little water to the little bottle of sensitizer, and mix it up. That loosens it from the sides of the bottle, and then you can pour it into the emulsion. Then you’re going to mix that all together really, really well, until it’s a consistent green color. It might take a little while, but you want to make sure that you get it fully consistent. Once you have it, you pour a little bit of it onto the screen. You don’t need to use very much because it spreads really thin once you use the squeegee. Make sure to get the entire thing covered where you’re art is going to be and make sure it’s really, really even Now, don’t leave this out in the light. Put a fan on it to dry and turn the lights off. You want it to dry in the dark. Once it’s dry you do want to work quickly because this stuff is photosensitive, so the longer the light’s on it, the quicker it’s going to set. Print out your art on some transparencies, and you can do this at any office supplies store, and then lay them backward on the back of the screen. Lay a piece of glass over them to push them down against the screen, and then set a really bright light on top of it for about 3-45 minutes. So, while we’re waiting on that, I want to tell you about this. In this box is a queen-size mattress. Unbelievably it fits in this box. It’s made by a company called Casper, and it’s a combination of memory and latex foam and they squish it down into a bag– stick it in this box. They ship it to you, you take a tool, and you rip open the bag, and the whole mattress just inflates. If you want to watch here, you can see a video about me making a king-size bed and on that bed we use a Casper mattress. So I’ve been sleeping on it since I made that video, and I can honestly say that I really love the mattress. Super comfortable, I recommend them all the time when people ask my if I actually like them or not because I really do. The cool thing is you get to sleep on it for 100 nights and if you don’t like it for any reason, they’ll come get it. So if you are looking for a mattress, I definitely suggest checking this out go to You can use the code “MAKE” and that’ll get you $50 off anything you order which is pretty awesome. So, go check ’em out. Thanks to Casper for sponsoring this video. Let’s get back to the printing. The light exposes and hardens the emulsion that is not covered by the design, so you can see the lighter green stuff here didn’t get exposed. You can use a light spray and a soft toothbrush to help remove this area. The way printing works is that the green area acts as a mask. The white–or lighter area–lets the ink through onto the surface that you’re printing on. You want to do this gently, because you don’t want to remove anything that you actually need This may take a little bit of time, and sometimes you may have mistakes. If you have areas that are mistakes, or stuff you don’t want to print yet, you can use some tape to cover them up. Use painter’s tape and not duct tape — the duct tape will rip off the emulsion. -Now lay out your shirt and place your screen, then add a nice thick be bead of the screen printing ink It’s best to have somebody else hold your screen and then pull the squeegee down across your print If you click here you can see one of my first videos on this channel was how to make a four color printing press, this makes this process- a lot easier but it’s really exactly the same you hook- in the screen line it up with your center line and then you can get repeatable nice prints- on multiple shirts you lay your shirt out in the same way, and then use the machine to hold the screen down in place
you still pull it the same way and get just about the same results you want to heat set these by throwing them in the dryer for a few minutes You can reuse the screens too if you’re finished with them by putting some photo emulsion remover on them This is a simple solution that you can just kind of wipe on with a paper towel or a toothbrush Make sure you put it on both sides and it doesn’t have to stay on longer than a couple of minutes Then you can use a hose to wash out all of the emulsion If you use dark ink sometimes it will stain the screen itself but you can still reprint through them- as long as the emulsion is gone Now it takes a little bit of practice, when you do this you may end up having some bad shirts it takes a little while to get the feel of how hard you need to push down the squeegee and how to do it evenly because you want to make sure you get a really even pull, so that the- ink is spread evenly through the screen So it’s best to find some old t-shirts to practice on before you try and use like your nice shirts that you purchased for this. Now screen printing works on all sorts of things Textiles, so any type of t-shirt, canvas, bag, aprons, even hats- if you can work on the shape of the hat.
All sorts of stuff like that, any type of clothing works really really well. Just make sure to heat set it into the clothing just like I showed you You can also print on paper if you wanted to make posters or invitations, things like that, paper works really well. I’ve also printed on wood several times You can watch my long board video where here where I screen printed my logo on it that was really easy to do I’ve done it for several clients to put their logo on things that I’ve made -and it works surprisingly well
and I’ve also done it on metal you just have to make sure you put some sort of a clear coat over it it to protect it because it will scrape off the metal pretty easily as long as you clear coat it you should be good to go so if you’re interested in printing I’m going to have a link below to my site which will have a list of all the stuff I used and links for you to find everything you need so you can print on your own I hope you like this project and if you did let me know down in the comments below or at I love to hear from you guys, I love to see the stuff you’re working on it’s really inspiring for me so please continue to share that with me. You can find me on all of the social networks, which ever one you like the best, I’m probably there. I have a lot more stuff for you to check out in podcast and shows and all sorts of stuff and if you want to help support these videos, patreon is the best way to do that you can click here you can click here -and find out all about that.
Thanks for watching guys, thanks to Casper for sponsoring this video and I’ll see you next time.

100 thoughts on “Screen Print your own t-shirts // How-To

  1. Omg! Thank you for posting. I have been wanting to know this but would always forget to look it up and suddenly your video just popped up in my recommendations 🙂

  2. If I want a thicker layer of the ink do I wait until the ink dries and do it again or put it in the dryer and do it again?

  3. Nice video. I've been a screenprinter for almost 30 years now professionally. Longer if you count schooling! All the basics are here!

  4. Himdillys on etsy or himdilly at redbubble I've been trying, but I think it's about time to quit. Or at least figure out a way to do what I do and not cost a bunch, hopefully etsy will take off and earn me enough to get a dtg printer

  5. This is so helpful! I am starting my own business and getting custom shirts done IS very expensive for just 30 shirts.

  6. I remember the Skate 3 intro where the skater (forgot who I was like 8) was screen printing skateboards then ate the white stuff

  7. If you are someone that doesn't have a garage or space at home to do all this, what would you suggest? is it cheap to rent out garage space?

  8. This video is next step in my t-shirt game I think. I´ve been doing it for a while with thick paper stencils to make one or 2 custom shirts. So for people who don´t want to make a series of t-shirts that could be an option. I´ve published a video about my own low-key version of this process.

  9. nice video. for you guys who would like to learn from more basic and budgeted start pls watch on my channel and subscribe for more videos. Thanks to this channel and God bless you all.

  10. One tip, use a de-greaser after removing the old emulsion. Your better half unusually has this under the kitchen sink. Dawn dish soap is the best for this process. The reason to de-grease the screen is oils from your body will effect the new emulsion when it is applied. if you noticed "pinholes" in the newly applied emulsion, the is from grease and oils contaminating the screen. With your four position printing press, try experimenting with four color process printing. The four colors you need are the same as the colors found in any color computer printer.

  11. Because of this video, i was inspired, I started printing shirts as a hobby. I started by opening an Ebay shop and copied popular iconic brand names. I became financially independent and was living the high life. I had multiple houses in several countries and I even had a private jet. Then one day I had a knock at the door. "You are served". It was subpoena to attend court. It was alleged that I had infringed copyrights of multiple companies when I designed my T shirts. It cost me millions to defend myself and I was ultimately found to be liable for the infringements. I was left bankrupt. In desperation I designed some T shirts with the slogan "Judge XXXXX is an asshole". Apparently the judge was shopping for a Christmas present for his gay lover and happened to see my T shirt auction. I was charged with slander and contempt of the court and sentenced to jail. I tried to keep my head down and do my time but not being very street wise, I accepted the offer of a guy called Bubba to be my "body guard". One night Bubba came into my cell and asked for payment for his body guard services. I told him I didn't have any money, to which he replied "Daddy doesn't want money honey, Daddy wants some sugar". It was the first time I have had anal sex, but thankfully Bubba said as I was a backdoor virgin, and he liked me, he would use spit, thank god for that. Luckily the warden found out about my past and he asked me to screen print the inmates numbers on their shirts. I wanted nothing to do with it but he mentioned he may be able to have Bubba moved to a different jail if I agreed. So here i am in jail screen printing T shirts with a sphincter that has almost healed. I wished I had never watched this fucking video….

  12. Can you reuse the same emulsion for the same artwork repeatedly instead of having to remove and recoat the emulsion? I do note that you mentioned that dark coloured inks may be hard to wash off the screens so that could be an issue.

  13. Is there some kind of treatment or laminate you can apply over the finished T-shirt to make it more resistant to wear and repeated washings?

    I’d like to do this some day, designing shirts for area businesses. I used to deliver for a home business that did this and it seemed to be quite profitable—took 6-8 hours a day just to deliver boxes of shirts to all the clients.

  14. Отличное видео! Было бы очень приятно получить чертёж данной карусели, ну или хотя-бы подробные фото

  15. Made some of these in school and they turned out perfectly… until I washed them. No one told me to heat set. The printing ink spread all over the print. You can see the print, but there are particles of the ink EVERYWHERE. I can't express how upset I am. I put so much time into these prints, and they looked beautiful before washing. Besides heat setting… where did I go wrong?

  16. I can’t get it! I’m not good at this! If I ordered the screens, emulsion and sent you my logo and paid you would you make it for me? LOL just the screens I can do the logo on the shirt (I think) I just can’t get the screen done!

  17. after you toss the shirts in the dryer for a couple minutes the ink should be all dried up and ready to wash? I keep getting my shirts faded after I wash them, what can I do to prevent this?

  18. Do you know anyone who could use a rap song text on his t shirt print,becouse i have a nice rap song for the t shirt.

  19. Hello everyone, I come from TTK VietNam Trading-Service Co., Ltd, one of the biggest industrial chemical suppliers in Vietnam. Especially, in the field of printing ink on fabric, we are exploring new markets to develop. Have you had offline!

  20. I was printing T-shirts back in 1963. Making my own photo-sensitive emulsions and having a similar 4 colour machine that I worked out myself. Nothings new under the sun, execpt for the screen exposures

  21. Hey I'm sandip from India what you did in video is only 5 be present in screen printing. So if you wanna learn more about screen printing and know about different different inks and creativity in printing pleas call me we'll talk on call

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