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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Re: Octogilius....hes an octopus..on a shirt on: March 17, 2006 05:41:49 PM
That's a great design you've got there!  Very nice job.
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Faux Screenprinting and PVA glue: a warning for UK craftsters! on: March 15, 2006 12:30:15 PM
Thanks for your reply!  I haven't tried Copy-Dex, but I've just done a tester with weatherproof wood glue (specifically Evo-Stik Weatherproof Wood Adhesive, blue bottle with red cap), and it seems to be doing the trick!  It goes on almost exactly the same as PVA (maybe even slightly easier) and has withstood a cold-water rinse-out to wash out some acrylic paint.
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Re: bobo screen printing on: March 14, 2006 02:07:34 PM
That's really cute!  Any chance of a bigger image?  I can't really read the writing on that one.
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Re: more faux screenprinting on: March 13, 2006 05:01:01 AM
Dang, PVA didn't work!  That's one water-soluble glue!  I've started a thread in the Discussion section to warn other people not to use PVA glue, and to see if anyone can recommend something else for non-US people.
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Faux Screenprinting and PVA glue: a warning for UK craftsters! on: March 13, 2006 04:30:55 AM
Greetings.  I've joined this marvellous site after seeing craftgrrl's embroidery hoop screenprinting tutorial linked to from here.

Well, I'm in the UK, and can't get Mod(ge?) Podge anywhere here.  According to the Mod Podge website, the stuff can be cleaned up "with soap and water".  Just like PVA glue, I thought.  It looked like PVA glue (aka White Glue) wasn't so different to Mod Podge after all, so I tried my first design with it.

I did it last night, let it dry overnight, found a t-shirt and applied acrylic paint to it this morning.  So far, so good - I didn't put quite enough acrylic paint on in some areas, but for a first attempt it was not bad at all.

Here's the bad part:  I immediately rinsed the hoop with cold water, and gently rubbed at the acrylic paint to wash it off.  It came off easily.... and then so did bits of PVA glue.  By the time I'd got all the acrylic off, the glue had gone really sticky and gummy, and pretty much reverted back to its freshly-applied state.

I guess that's an awful lot of waffle to get to the point: Don't use PVA glue to make screens!

That said, I have a request:  Has any non-US craftster used any glues that worked really well?  Any brand names or specific glue types?  I don't know why it's been so hard to find this information on the internet!
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Re: more faux screenprinting on: March 12, 2006 03:43:52 AM
Thanks very much for your answers!  OK, I'm going to go into town this afternoon and get some PVA glue to try with.    Then it's just a case of actually choosing a design to make...
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Re: more faux screenprinting on: March 11, 2006 05:14:21 PM
I've joined up because I'm so excited about trying this out myself, and I wanted to join in the discussion!

I have a question:  The livejournal tutorial says to set the screenprinting ink by ironing it etc, but does anyone know if the same process should be done if you use acrylic paint instead?  I have some acrylic paint lying around already, and you can't get screenprinting ink in this little town.

By the way, I'm in the UK, and we don't have Mod Podge over here.  Anyone know if it's the same as PVA glue?  I know I can get hold of that in town.  As I understand it, PVA glue is water-soluble, or at least water-and-soap soluble.  I know the tutorial says that the glue must be non-soluble, but the Mod Podge website says "Mod Podge is non-toxic and cleans up with just soap and water, so it's great for kids!"  That sounds like PVA glue to me!  Grrrr, I wish I had all the answers....

Man, I've been wanting to print T-shirts for about 10 years now.  I can't tell you how happy I am to find this method that's actually within my means!
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