My Screen Printing Fiasco

Raise your hand if you have ever done your own screen printing before. Well, if you have, you deserve some sort of medal or something.

OH.MY.WORD. Screen printing is no joke. Seriously.

Unlike some of you amazing people, I have never done screen printing before. But I figured it couldn’t be too hard, since so many people I know and love do it and seem to love it, say it’s easy, blah, blah.

Um, it’s not. End of story.

I decided to give it a whirl after realizing that the random tees, hoodies and tanks I have laying around the studio would cost an arm and a leg to have professionally done, especially since I would need color changes. While at Snap Conference, my friend Ashley told me I should learn how to do it, so if she had the confidence in me, then I figured I could pull something together.

I went to Village Art Supplies down the street from me and bought a starter kit and a couple of screens. I knew I was going to be with my brother in law David this past week, and since I knew he knew how to do the whole emuslion bit, I asked him to help me. He sent me home with a black bag full of two emusified {not even sure that is the right word?} screens and explicit insturctions on how to burn the screens. Monday morning I eagerly followed the instructions and ended up with this great screen, that I was so excited about.

However, after trying it once, I realized that I had overexposed the screen and no ink could pull through the screen. FAB.

Mmmmkay, are you bored yet?

Anyway, Monday night I cleaned and re-emuslified {again, no idea if that is the right word} the screens and eagerly woke up this morning and starting burning the screens at 9, thinking that would give me plenty of time to print my tees, take some pictures and get them listed by 5 pm.

Whelp, that probably would have worked if I knew what I was doing. But I don’t. After attempting to burn the screens, here’s what I ended up with.

Yay!! A very plain screen! With no image! Right.

So I did what any girl would do. Panicked. Yup. And text’d David. He was so sweet to call me from work {cell phones aren’t allowed normally, thanks David!! :)} and walked me through it all. The bummer was I didn’t have any more clean screens, so had to pack up into the car and once again make a trip to Village Art Supplies to get some more screens {they were out of the cleaner, FAB right? ha}.

ANYWAY…finally we had luck and I started with the inking part.

Ok, that’s harder than the burning the screen part. Seriously. After trying for several hours, my nieces {whom I kept calling my minions all day. ha} and I got in the car and went AGAIN to the art supply store where our friend Nathan, Santa Rosa’s screen printing guru, was so happy to see us {for the fourth time in two days} and gave us some tips.

Thankfully they worked because after that we had success!! WHOO HOO!!! We got a good system going and knocked out all the rest of the tees.

The bummer was that it was 6 PM and I promised you all some items at 5 PM. Ugh. So sorry about that. I really had no idea my day would turn out like this. It really was SUCH a frustrating day, but I am happy to say that everything is done and ready to the list. The only thing is I don’t have much of my very favorite and darling little logo with the owls.

The screen wasn’t quite the right size, so I’m going to have to redo it. The minons and I will work on that this weekend and get something out next week with that one. But I think you will love the other logo. Every time we inked one of the shirts, the girls would squeal in excitement. They picked out all the color combos, and I think you will love them.

So tomorrow, at noon, I hope to have them all up and listed. Thank you, thank you for your patience!

Oh, want to know one one amazing thing about the day? This….

my husband made me dinner!!! Is that not awesome?? I told him this earlier, and said it’s not true, but I don’t think in the 11 years we have been together he has ever made me dinner{he has taken me out for dinner though, ha!}. He’s just not a cook…. BUT, he got a BBQ for father’s day and he is so excited about it. He is even cooking tomorrow too. :)

So we’ll see you all tomorrow. Thanks for your patience everyone. Big hugs!! xoxo

13 thoughts on “My Screen Printing Fiasco

  1. 1
    Christy Brown says:

    I’ve never screened shirts, but I do direct-to-garment printing and I’ve had my own technical difficulties this week. I feel your pain! I’m glad all has worked out well for you! The artwork is beautiful!

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    Trisha says:

    LOL..Amy, yes it totally is a process to learn..I have been screening for almost two years following Ashleys tutorials and I STILL have to go back and double check instructions to make sure I have it down..I still mess up, I still overexpose!!! So don’t worry, you’re not some sort of degenerate or anything LOL..youre doing fine! I love the SC artwork!!! So glad everything is looking up for ya!!!! xoxo

  3. 3

    Well from what I can see the Tshirts look great and I hope I can find one in my size!!

  4. 4
    brooke foreman says:

    I had to take a screen printing class for my major in college and I HATED it… I’m not a fan of projects with a ton of setup and cleanup, plus it’s really hard! But I really want to be able to do it, so I’ve been trying to muster up the willpower to give it another shot. I even got a starter kit for Christmas two years ago (but it’s still in the box…). Glad you figured it out!

  5. 5
    Ashley says:

    I want one! Super excited! Sorry I can’t afford the others so I hope I can help this way! Love you Amy!

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    alisha says:

    Oh my word, sorry :( But I am so glad you got it to work cause I want one to go along with all my hoodies ;) What a blessing to have so much wonderful help!

    Love you!

  7. 7

    You are so brave!! My brother is taking a screen printing class and he says it’s pretty tricky. Everything has to be “just right”! Have fun!! xo :)
    Sarah
    P.S. They seem to be turning out beautifully :)

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