By Paula Briggs
The teenagers working on the How To Be A Creative Producer project will be taking to the streets of Cambridge soon to make some sound recordings from the public, and I wanted them to both feel and look like a team. We decided to screen print our own t-shirts rather than buy them – this was a project to encourage “producer not consumer” after all!
You will need:
- cheap t-shirts
- fabric printing medium
- printing ink
- stanley knife
We made stencils using newsprint. We were printing 5 t shirts and we needed a stencil for each one for best results.
As well as text we introduced symbols:
We then layered up t-shirts and paper ready to print:
- T-shirt first (with a piece of paper inside it to stop any printing going through to the other side)
- Newsprint stencil
- The screen
Printing ink and fabric medium was mixed at a ratio of 1:1. We used black ink with a little purple and red to make it slightly warmer.
With one person holding the screen, the other person squeegeed the ink across the screen:
And then the screen was carefully lifted off:
Small areas were touched up with ink and brush:
The five t-shirts!
Many thanks to the teenagers from the How To Be A Creative Producer Project!
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