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« on: September 07, 2008 06:31:43 PM »

Hi! So for a embroidery hoop screen printing, i am using regualr white fabric to make my screen. My design keeps coming out really splotchy.. do i need to use like a panty-hose type fabric?
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« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2008 05:47:42 AM »

I have not tried this yet but my understanding is something like panty-hose material.

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« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2008 02:37:24 PM »

What do you mean regular white material?   Is it like a polyester mesh - looks like the stuff that shear curtains are made out of?
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2008 02:44:28 PM »

no i was using like cotton..
right now i'm using panty hose, but its really hard to paint on the modge podge (i tend to work with what i have :])
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2008 03:04:29 PM »

Yeah - cotton will not work at all.  I think hose are hard to use because they are too stretchy.  You need to get some poly mesh. Any fabric store will have it but I can't think of what it is called or you can go to a thrift and look for some shear curtains and use them.
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« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2008 05:52:40 AM »

at college all the silk screens are made with a fine silk fabric (hence the name i think?  Wink )
try habotai or some kind of silk blend. if money is an issue just use something with a very fine weave. that might be why its coming out splotchy.
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« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2008 09:45:20 AM »

I think we must have just read the same tutorial - lol!

I just got done doing this (poor man's silk screening for those of us that don't have $50 to spend on a hobby start-up).

I had a stretched canvas (for painting), but I hated the absorbent gesso that was on it, so I RIPPED the canvas out and stretched a pair of old panty hose of the board; stapled around the back.

Be really careful with your hose not getting snagged on wood and be sure to secure it quite tightly around the back.

It is HARD and it takes a long time to get the filler (in your case Modge Podge) onto the screen completely. Just take your time. I did mine while I watched the debates last night Wink

You won't get a lot of detail this way because you're having to paint on the filler so don't go for some nutso design. I let my screen dry over night and then used it this morning with fantastalistic results.

Rinse your screen LIGHTLY under warmish water and let it sit to dry completely before you use it again just to make sure your Modge Podge isn't going to rewet.

Plus, it was free. All I had to buy that I didn't already have laying around was the fabric to print on.

Good luck!
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« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2008 12:53:06 PM »

well whenever it becomes splochy one of the reasons for me is the spacing for the ink to go through( maybe a bit tighter weave) and sometimes i might need to thin the ink out just a tiny bit but not too liquidy, i think i read somewhere about thinning a certin type of paint using salt like a few granuals, but not sure if its talking about fabric paint.
edit ahha i found it http://jezzeblog.blogspot.com/2008/09/tech-update.html
here is the site where i used, to learn how to do it at home.


there are many other places too, but i hope it goes well, good luck!

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