|Nina's DIY tribal tee|
tip: make sure to tape all the sides of the design all the way to avoid messy spots like mine
Once I felt a bit more confident, I went ahead making my own silk screen design using the photo source below. My children's school mascot is Bison and their color is burgundy. The kit comes with three screen print inks: black, red and blue. To make burgundy I mixed red and blue and a touch of black.
|bison image via here|
And the final step is actually applying your ink to the shirt (through the screen) using squeegee (also, included in the kit).
OK, so would I buy this kit myself? No, I'd much rather just hand paint using fabric paints. Actually, here is my secret: instead of fabric paints which dry hard I use regular craft acrylic paints mixed with 1 or 2 parts of Fabric Medium. More fabric medium -softer the image when it dries. I don't claim to have any exceptional skills but I'll be honest I did attend an art school in my childhood and my dream was to become a real artist (I ended up becoming an Accountant, go figure!).
So if you are absolutely sure you can't paint, then I would use silk screening kit. But painting to me is so much easier and so much more creative and fun. Here are some of my own hand-painted holiday designs:
|my kids wearing my designs back in 2007|
August 9, 2012 EDIT
I've just made a pleasant discovery. Fabric paint (or acrylic paint mixed with fabric medium) can be used instead of silk screen ink to print with the Bison screen I made (see the original post above). The kit does not come with lots of ink (three colors only). Since I already had a large stash of fabric paints, I tried them and it worked!
|Bison image screen printed using fabric paint|