Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Screen Print Tutorial

Of course for the last HP movie, I had to make something to wear, so I screen-printed a tee.  This is probably the easiest method there is, and it looks professional! 

(Hello awkward half-smile)

- a t-shirt (or any other fabric you want to print on)
- fabric paint & foam brush
- freezer paper (cheap at the grocery)
- pen
- scissors

1. Cut out and trace your shape onto the un-shiny (yes, that's a technical term) side of the freezer paper.  Then cut out with an exacto knife. DON'T throw away any pieces!!

2. Notice how all you're left with is the outside?  Lay that on the fabric where you want it. 

3. Iron on.  Then add your insides and press them on.  Be careful not to move the iron too much, it may knock them out of place.  If that happens, just peel off and redo. 

4.  Put a paper bag or piece of cardboard inside your shirt to prevent leaking to the other side. 

5. Pour some paint out onto a paper plate, use as many colors as you'd like. 
(excuse the is fairly rough on them)

6. Paint!  Be careful to paint away from any small pieces.  I tended to dab a bunch of paint onto it and then slowly spread it out.  Do as many layers as you need to make it as dark as you want.   

7. Use tweezers or a toothpick when the paint is partly dry (as to not peel off any paint) to peel off the stencil.  

8.  Lay out until dry.  I just left mine overnight to be safe.  

9.  Get dressed up and take your shirt to a really awesome movie ;)

After (: 

Because I used the same color as the front, my friends didn't believe I'd actually made this.  

So I got home from the movie...and had an awesome package waiting for me from Rachel & Accuquilt. (Projects to come, of course!)

And after a movie high, and getting this awesome package, I looked a little like this...

But more like this...
(dorkily excited picture)

Let me know if you try this and how it works out for you!  I'd love to hear (: 

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  1. So cute and original! I loovee Harry Potter. My boyfriend and I went to the premiere and now we're watching all the older movies too. HP marathon!

  2. Lol! Love it!! Looks great!! I am STILL waiting to see the last movie - I think I'm too sad to go see it, I'm in denial that it's actually over!! Lol! Love your blog!

  3. What an excellent idea! I so want to try this for my daughter (um and me too).
    Hopping over from The train to Crazy link party.

  4. Sherry, thank you! Go see it, totally worth it (: And it's not over...have you heard of ? It's a new website from Rowling where she's posting extra details about the books. Hopefully it will keep it going for a while! haha

  5. It turned out great! Freezer paper stencils are pretty much the coolest thing ever... it's amazing how professional-looking the results are! :)

  6. Hi, Barbara! You've got so much creativity here and I'm admiring them all. Can you please share your creative posts at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there :)

  7. Great shirt! I'm a huge HP fan. Now you've inspired me to make myself a new shirt :)

    I'm your newest follower from the link party at Homemaker on a Dime.

    Stop on by when you can:

  8. Such a great tutorial!! It really does look like you bought the shirt that way! I haven't seen the new HP movie yet (I know I am so un-cool) but from the look on your face I'm going to love it!! Thanks so much for sharing with Creative Bloggers' Party and Hop, I am co-hosting this week and I am so happy I found your awesome blog there! I am now following, I hope you can stop by and visit soon!

  9. Awesome project! I love your blog,it's so colorful. Found you from Homemaker On A Dime. I'll have to check back in as I am currently working on my sewing skills (making slipcovers for my dinette set - scaryyyy!) but it seems you def have the talent. =)


  10. I'm so honored that you chose to join the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. Thank you for adding this special masterpiece to rock my party :)

  11. Kelly, thank you! Slipcovers...that's brave (: Good luck! I'd love to see how they turn out.


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