Diary of a T-Shirt Intern: Dealing With Black Ink

Diary of a T-Shirt Intern is a weekly column written by Bo, a T-Shirt blogger at Loving This Tee who is also affectionately known in the tee community as dunz0. Bo will be tracking her experiences as an intern at Tilteed and sharing her thoughts on the strange land that is Portland, Oregon!

This past week was quite similar to my first week working at Tilteed. In short, I spent a great deal of my time packing orders and pinning the map. I did get the opportunity to start a print project from start to finish, though. That was somewhat frustrating, but also very fun. If you’ve received a package from Tilteed before, then you know that we include one of our business cards. If you haven’t received one, then you should place an order! I won’t make you guys wait though, so here’s a picture to show you what I’m talking about.

Tilteed Hangtags

Along with printing those cards, I also got the chance to print some more t-shirts this past week, specifically one of my Tilteed Limited curations by YAWN called “Releasing Dark Matter.” I love the artwork by this German duo, so it was an honor getting to print their design. Definitely check them out if you don’t know who they are!

Releasing Dark Matter

This was my first time working exclusively with black ink, something that may seem like no big deal. Well, it turns out that black ink is the thinnest out of all the colors, with white being the thickest. With that said, it took me a few test runs to figure out how to best handle it for such a large print. For a one-color design, I found this shirt to be tougher to print than the three-color prints that I have worked with. I figure that it will just require some getting used to.

One thing that I should note is that what I’m having the most trouble with isn’t actually the printing, but everything else in the printing process. For example, washing screens takes a lot more than just spraying them with water. There are steps that must be followed in order, or else you risk messing up the silk screen for good. And then there’s the matter of scrubbing vs. not scrubbing and what hose setting to use. These minor details get quite complicated when you’re new to screen printing. I constantly return to my Moleskine notebook for notes. It all seems so simple and routine, yet I’m having such a difficult time figuring out what to do next. I am hoping that practice makes perfect!

Unfortunately, I am sick and in bed as I write this. So as to remind myself of the better Oregon days, I will leave you with some beach pictures from last Friday. It was cold and the water was freezing, but I was having a blast experiencing the Pacific Ocean from its western side (I’ve seen the Pacific from Thailand’s coast too). I definitely want to make it back there again when it’s a bit warmer.

Oh, and no dinosaurs this week. Next week, I promise!

Bo Visiting The Beach

Bo Visiting The Beach

Bo Visiting The Beach

Be sure to check out the latest at Tilteed. The shirt is called Wild Architecture and is on sale now for $12 but you can save $2 by using the coupon code “TILTCOTY” at checkout!

Wild Architecture

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