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dmoney11
« on: May 28, 2009 04:17:59 PM »

It is difficult to find a cool yoga mat for under, say 50 bucks, but I have found rolls of yoga mat material online.  How do you print your own designs on this rubberish stuff?  Is it screen printing or what.  I figure I could make my own yoga mats if it were simple screen printing but I don't know if the heat from curing the screen printing ink would melt the yoga mat or not.
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« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2009 04:58:39 AM »

I've not really done screen printing so I may not be much help but...

My 6 yo son just had a screen printing class where they used homemade frames/screens (small, 8x10 or so) and just some washable kids finger paints on card stock. After seeing that process that would make me think you could do something similar but use an acrylic craft paint rather than buying expensive inks...the paint might have to be watered down just a bit. I'm not sure how durable that would be on the yoga mats...once dried would it peel? Just a thought.

Also, have you checked with the 'Image Reproduction Techniques' community here on Craftster? Silk screen printing is one of their forums.

Good luck with your project!
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duckiedarling
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2009 11:45:14 AM »

I know there etsy sellers who paint yoga mats; if you can find one of them you can find out what kind of paint to use. I don't see why screen printing wouldn't work...
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minouette
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2010 02:31:34 PM »

I've done a lot of screenprint and block printing onto fabric. Generally heat-setting the ink can be done with an iron - so I don't think you need to worry about melting the mat. I would worry a bit about durability of the ink, however, because a yoga can take some abuse, and if rubbery, unlike say, cotton, or paper, the ink will sit on top of it, rather than sinking in. So it might get flaky (like old nail polish).

But, it's worth trying!

Good luck  Grin
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