Screen Printing Photo Tutorial by ApachCreation and Grafitee

Here’s a great tutorial that I stumbled upon on the French tee blog, Grafitee. The tutorial was done by French artist, Apach from ApachCreation. You can go here to see the original blog post, but be forewarned, it’s in French. If you don’t understand French then I’ve translated the original post (or Google did) here for the English speaking tee fans. Lot’s of pictures, so brace yourself – it’s cool stuff! *Everything in quotes was written by ApachCreation for Grafitee and was translated to English (don’t blame me if the translation is incorrect, blame Google!). Thanks to ApachCreation for such a great set of photos. 

“Here is a tutorial that will explain how to make a t-shirt silkscreened by hand. I did not have the equipment to carry out a t-shirt so I called Apach, a passionate screenprinter who is fairly well equipped.”

T-Shirt Tutorial by ApachCreation and Grafitee

“Everything is in its visual suite and is prepared with appropriate software.” *By visual suite I think Google means computerized or digital form. 

T-Shirt Tutorial by ApachCreation and Grafitee

“We print the video black on a transparent sheet, it is called typon. For a design in several colors, we have a typon color, and we prepare a color.” *I think typon is just references transparency, for instance, if you have a design with multiple colors then you would prepare a color transparency. 

T-Shirt Tutorial by ApachCreation and Grafitee

“By printing in one color, my press is basic and manufactured by hand. For multi-color video, a slide.” *For prints with multiple colors you would need a more complex printing press. 

“Using a framework with silk tense. There are several types of frames over the mesh of the fine silk used is more we can have a print-out.”

T-Shirt Tutorial by ApachCreation and Grafitee

“For tee-shirts I used a mesh between 43 and 80 son / cm ².”

“I use a photosensitive emulsion that is applied on the mesh of the frame with a blade coating. Then it must dry in the dark.”

T-Shirt Tutorial by ApachCreation and Grafitee

T-Shirt Tutorial by ApachCreation and Grafitee

T-Shirt Tutorial by ApachCreation and Grafitee

“When the screen is dry, there is sunshine. Typon [transparency] is placed on the glass, and a halogen lamp, insole on our screen coated with emulsion.”

T-Shirt Tutorial by ApachCreation and Grafitee

“Here, the emulsion is sensitized through the glass by halogen, a sheet of cardboard painted black placed on top prevents external light sources to intervene, it also puts the weight so that the mesh is in contact of typon [transparency] and thus have a net basis as possible.”

T-Shirt Tutorial by ApachCreation and Grafitee

“Insolation time expense of emulsions used. The hidden parts of the typon [transparency] then go to water, creating a kind of stencil.”

“I then rinse the screen, to ensure that the emulsion which has not been burned by the halogen.”

T-Shirt Tutorial by ApachCreation and Grafitee

“This is our video [image] transferred to the frame, the mesh was not blocked pass ink and we will print our t-shirt.”

T-Shirt Tutorial by ApachCreation and Grafitee

“Preparing the framework, so that ink does not pass on the sides of the frame and come stain t-shirts.”

T-Shirt Tutorial by ApachCreation and Grafitee

“I uses a spray to spread glue on jeanette de la presse (a table with hinge to hold the frame). The glue will prevent the shirt to move or to stick to the frame.”

T-Shirt Tutorial by ApachCreation and Grafitee

“We place our blank t-shirt.”

T-Shirt Tutorial by ApachCreation and Grafitee

“We put the frame on the press, putting ink on the screen.”

T-Shirt Tutorial by ApachCreation and Grafitee

“Scraped a first ink faith without touching the tee-shirt, so that the mesh of the screen imbibe.”

T-Shirt Tutorial by ApachCreation and Grafitee

“I then push the ink on the tee-shirt with a print squeegee. The ink is deposited on the tee shirt.”

T-Shirt Tutorial by ApachCreation and Grafitee

“I raise the frame, and my image is printed on the tee-shirt. The small circle near the neck of the tee as a “non contact”: it puts a space between the canvas and the tee-shirt, which is used to prevent smudging of the ink on the tee-shirt.”

T-Shirt Tutorial by ApachCreation and Grafitee

“I burn the ink with a décapeur heat for drying, and so that it is okay to wash.”

T-Shirt Tutorial by ApachCreation and Grafitee

And that’s it a T-Shirt from start to finish!

T-Shirt Tutorial by ApachCreation and Grafitee

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