After I received my Speedball Fabric Screen Printing Kit and my t-shirts, I procrastinated for several days before even opening the packages. I haven't attempted a silkscreen print since the 90s, and I don't remember ever using drawing fluid, so I was pretty nervous about the results.
Eventually, I brought out the screen, and sketched Fletchling onto it with pencil. Then, with as steady a hand as I could muster, I painted with the Speedball Drawing Fluid. It looked like this:
After the drawing fluid dried completely, I squeegeed on the Speedball Screen Filler....
After the filler dried, I rinsed the screen under cool water, which dissolved the drawing fluid, and I set it out to dry again:
Once that dried, I was ready to print. I stuffed a piece of waxed paper inside each t-shirt to prevent the ink from bleeding through. I then laid the screen on top of the tee, added a thick line of fabric ink at the top, and my son squeegeed the ink across the screen and onto the shirt.
It was a fun process to do together, and we ended up with about 30 tees that looked like this:
Overall, it was a success. The kids seemed to like them a lot, Archer and I were able to create something together, and I tried a new art process.
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