Here's the simple tute I've been promising. Ready? Ok, here goes.
First, start with a blank screen. The tape inside the corners keeps the photoemulsion goop (from here on refered to as simply 'the goop') from getting between the frame and the screen and makes it easier to clean when you're ready to do that. Time needed to apply tape, about 45 - 60 seconds.
Next, spread the goop on the screen. Time needed, about a minute or two.
Here's the top side (the side that will be facing up, towards you when you apply ink) while it's wet.
And here's the bottom side (the side that will be against your shirt).
Now put it in a dark place to dry. I use an empty dresser drawer (I don't know how long it really takes to dry but this is the point that I forget about it until tomorrow).
That was step A: preparing the screen and at this point I've got about 5 minutes into it. Now you have to get your picture ready. I'll pretend you have this done already.
Step B is to print your image on a transparency, like so:
Step C is to transfer your image onto your screen by exposing it. Get your dried screen out of the drawer. With the bottom side up, lay your transparency on top of it, upside down (this is really important if you have writing on your image), like so..
Now take it to your "exposure" area (the place where you're going to leave it exposed to light) and turn on the light.
Step C up to this point took about 30 seconds. Now you have to leave it for about an hour. This is important. Allowing too little time or too much time will ruin your project, but because I'm trying to keep this simple I'm not going to explain how. Ask me later if you're interested.
Ok, so an hour has gone by, now it's time for step D, rinsing the screen.
Step D, take your screen to a big sink or bathtub and rinse it with warm water until the image it rinsed clear. Time, about 5 minutes.
Still rinsing. I just put this picture in because you can see the image starting to rinse clean.
When the image is rinsed clean out of the screen, let it dry bottom side up. Again, more waiting, snacking, sewing, beading time.
When it's dry, you're ready to print.
Step E, print. Put a board or something inside your shirt in case the ink bleeds through.
Position the screen on the shirt, bottom side down
Put ink on the screen. I learned after a lot of messes and wasted ink that you can use a spoon to put a small amount of ink on the screen. Before I figured that out I was just pouring it out of the jar and it made quite a mess and wasted a lot of ink.
Then spread the ink across the screen a few times (sorry, I couldn't spread and take a pic at the same time so you get to see me getting ready to spread).
Now the ink is spread
Lift the screen straight up and viola'!
Total time for step E, less than a minute. Now carefully take the board out of the shirt, hang your way cool shirt to dry and you're done. Easy peasy, huh!!