Thursday, April 29, 2010
Screen Printing The Easy Way!
After cruising through blogland, I ran into a blog called Lil Blue Boo. You have got to check her out! She is awesome, and she has some great tutorials! She silkscreens alot of her stuff, makes her own patterned fabric, daughters clothes, and I could just go on and on. She is Good! Instead of using a big ol silk screen machine for simple designs, she simply uses contact paper, traces the design, cuts it out with an exacto knife, then sticks it to the screen, and squeegees the ink over the design. And Voila! She made it look so simple and cool! I had to try it...
You all know how it is to have that favorite pair of jeans, flip flops, hoodie sweatshirt you don't want to take off, right? Well when my 6 year old son was about 4, he had a favorite black t-shirt. He loved to wear it everywhere, I think because he got a lot of attention when he wore it. It said "Sorry girls, I only date models" (I know, I know) way to encourage it huh? It was cute!
The other day I was picking him up from the bus stop, and almost before he even got in the car he saw his baby brother wearing it...what can I say hand -me-downs are awesome! Well Trevor got really upset and said "Why is Brody wearing my shirt?" Now lets get this straight, if Trevor were to put it on...it would be like spandex on him...way too small.
I felt bad...the little pity party he was putting on didn't help much either. So I was thinking about putting my YUDU to some good use. My hubby got it for me right after Christmas...I think it is super cool, but just kinda complicated for me. I want to do things fast, and see the result NOW!
So heres where the project comes in. I'm gonna make Trevor a new shirt that fits him! hmmm? whatta ya think of that! I went to Joanns got a simple black t-shirt for $3. Then today, I was on a mission. I followed every step...
1 print out the design/saying
2 traced it onto contact/adheisive shelf paper from 99 cent store woo hoo!
3 used my exacto knife to cut it out
4 got out my screen, ink, and squeegee
5 did the deed
plain black t-shirt before
Cute black t-shirt after
And now, I get to see the happy look on my boys face when I pick him up today! (Best Part)
I'll have to update this post later on with a pic of him wearing his new shirt!
And here he is! He loved it by the way! 1 point for mom!
So check back soon...