Diary of a T-Shirt Intern: House of the Surprising Sun

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!

Last week, I got to prepare a piece for printing. This time, it was an intricate 5-color illustration by B7 (Ben Foot) called “House of the Surprising Sun.” Although this was rather challenging design to work with, I learned quite a bit from my trials and tribulations.

First, I had to expose all the screens. Sometimes I wonder if the intense UV light that seeps through is killing my eyes, since I’m short and the exposure unit is near eye level.

When all of these screens were ready, it was time to head to the printing press. The first thing that I had to do was to tape up all corners of each screen, so that I wouldn’t be getting any ink into the crevices. Right off the bat, I was having trouble. How hard can taping up screens be? Very! There’s so much adjusting required, especially if you’re no pro like myself. I kept putting tape down, and having to take it off, only to do it all over again many times. I think I’ve finally figured out a technique to speed up the process and minimize the messing up, but it definitely took a while to get to where I am now.

Tilteed Bo Taping

When I had managed to finish taping everything, it was time to line up the screens. I am quite sure that I spent hours doing this. It’s much harder to get every screen perfectly lined up than I had expected. What you have to do is to print the first color, then line up the next screen with that first color, and so on and so forth. At times when I thought that everything was perfectly aligned for one screen, I’d go to tighten up the knobs and the screen would shift by a bit. Talk about frustrating!

Tilteed Surprising Line Up

Unfortunately, something ended up happening that made one of the most important screens unusable. The artwork seemed to be stretched lengthwise by about a millimeter, so it couldn’t line up with the rest of the screens. There was no way to fix this but to completely wash out that screen and expose a new one. It may not sound like a big deal, but that was hours lost right there!

Tilteed Ink on Screen

Alas, everything worked out in the end. I was completely pooped but it was well worth it! Here’s a look at the test run of the print:

Tilteed Test Print

Oh, and as promised, there are dinosaurs! I apologize for the horrible picture quality, but this as good as my phone can do.

Dinosaurs

This picture was taken at a restaurant called Laughing Planet. They have super tasty burritos and delicious smoothies. What makes them really cool is that they have random dinosaur figures on their tables. I even spotted a Pachycephalosaurus on our table, which made me super happy. I did a group project on pachycephalosaurs for my dinosaur class in college. Yeah, I’m a nerd. There’s no use in denying it.

On another note, if you aren’t participating in Tilteed’s one year anniversary contest, then you should join in on the fun! You have the chance to win a Flip UltraHD camcorder, inprnt art prints, and free t-shirts. Head over to Tilteed to find out more about the giveaway!

Until next time!

Bo.

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

Reticent

Reticent

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