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Topic: silkscreening on reusable grocery bags  (Read 932 times)
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« on: June 13, 2008 07:23:13 PM »

I found some plain reusable grocery/shopping bags like the ones they sell at Publix.  I want to silkscreen on them and was all ready to go when I got to the "printing with fabric inks" portion of the directions. Speedball says to only use the fabric ink on "any fabric that can be subjected to a hot iron......Do not use on non-porous fabrics such as nylon." I don't really envision these bags being washed and they aren't slick like nylon. Will it be ok to use the fabric ink or should I buy the acrylic? Any help would be greatly appreciated as this is my first attempt with silk screening.
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2008 07:51:20 PM »

I just looked it up and the bag is made of "non-woven polypropylene (plastic) which looks like canvas" If that helps.
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« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2008 07:54:46 PM »

I don't really know too much about silk screening but it sounds like your image might come off fairly easily.  Like you may be able to rub it off....kwim?

It sounds like an awesome idea though!!

What are you planning on putting on the bags themselves?

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« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2008 02:10:23 PM »

I did my first initial "S" in a font called tender leaf. It is basically an S that has leaves hanging off of it. When it dries, I will see if I can post a picture.  It is green on a brown bag.
The process did not go as smoothly as I had hoped.  I don't think that silkscreening is the answer for this weave of fabric because the ink did not cover very well. I ended up having to do quite a bit of touching up with a paint brush. Maybe I need a less dense mesh. Or a different ink.
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