Tee shirts were originally designed to provide some warmth and, by design, allow for wicking away moisture from the skin. Today they have evolved into something a great deal more than that. These days, tee shirts are wearable art - a means of self expression and are a fun art form. Designing your own tee shirt means letting your imagination go wild and being able to say exactly what you want to say to the world. Tee shirts are so popular there are even tee shirts for your pets Learn how to design your own tee shirt with our helpful How to wiki.
The T-shirts need to be white in color for us to see the effect of the dye. If you will use black plain T-shirt then you will not be able to see the effect of the dye. If you used black or colored shirts, best to follow the other steps in designing your T-shirt which is designing shirt by printing.
You can use different colors of your choice in using dye when designing your T-shirt. The dye will be used to color the plain white clothes. Since it will be absorbed by the clothes and it will give color to them.
The big pot will be used in boiling water that is needed in making a design for your T-shirt. To clean the shirt, the water needs to be hot or boiling. The dye will also be mixed in the boiling water where the T-shirts will be soaked in later on.
It will be used to tie the shirt for it to have a design. You can tie any part of the shirt using a rubber band before soaking it to the big pot with boiling water and dye. The tied part will take care of the design. This is why it it sometimes called "tie-dye." Check the photo to see the result.
When the water is boiling, put the dye of your favorite color.
Do not mix all dyes. The mixture may produce only black color. You can try two colors to form a different color. You can refer to a color wheel for resultant color combinations. For instance, combining yellow and green will give you yellow green. Don't try to mix a primary color with secondary color for it may not produce satisfactory results. For instance, the combination of black and violet will also produce a black color. Take note that the ratio of the dye that you will mix in the pot is directly proportional to the number of shirts you are going to soak. Therefore, ten shirts are equivalent to ten dyes. You can equally divide the number of dyes, as long as you have the same number of shirts against dyes.
Make sure that the shirts are tied securely to avoid getting loose while soaking in the pot of boiling water and dye. Use caution when soaking as you may scald yourself from the hot pot. You can use a thong in putting the shirts in the pot to avoid getting burned or scalded. Make sure that the number of shirts put in the pot would be enough so as every shirt is submerged into the boiling water. Afterwards, stir the shirts soaked in the boiling water.
With this method, a frame of wood with an attached silk is prepared. The silk requires to be washed with soap and rinse using a pressured spray. This assures that all the spaces between the fibers of the silk are clean. You will then have to apply a photo emulsifier on both sides of the silk screen using a squeegee. After applying the photo emulsion, let it dry overnight.
Prepare a cardboard, a black cloth with the same size as the silk screen and glass that have the same size as your silk screen. Stack the materials in this order starting at the bottom: cardboard, black cloth, silk screen, transparency and glass. Leave them in the direct heat of the sun. After 2 to 3 minutes, take the materials inside. Get the silk screen and wash it using a sprayer. As you spray directly on the screen, you will see that the design is starting to show on the silk screen.
The textile paints will take care of the design. Depending on your chosen design, the colors will vary. For beginners, it is advisable to use one color. The paints you want to use may vary from what you want. If you will be printing on dark clothes then probably the best paint to use are light colored paints and Vice Versa.
Get the shirt and put it on top of the table covered with newspaper.
The part of the shirt to be printed should be the one which is seen. Get the printing or silkscreen, textile paint and squeegee. Place the printing or silk screen on top of the shirt. Put enough amount of paint on the squeegee. Apply the squeegee with the paint on the silk screen swiping downwards. Repeat if necessary.
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