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Postby smatherton24 » Mon May 16, 2011 9:45 pm

Hello all, I know next to nothing about screen printing, but I would really like to make shirts that look like they have been water colored. Is there any way I could do this (or have a company do it for me) that would mimic the subtle differences in color without it costing an arm and a leg for 15 different screens?

Has anyone ever tried watering down the ink or something? Maybe something with discharge?
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Re: screen printing experiments

Postby preflash » Mon Dec 05, 2011 10:32 pm

A heat transfer would be the easiest and cheapest. Some computer printers accept iron-on paper and the easiest thing to do would be to print on iron-on paper and iron it on following the instructions. I believe you could only do this on on a white shirt.

Another option would be DTG, Direct to Garment digital. It is still pretty expensive but probably cheaper than process color screen printing.

I'm biased but I think actual screen printing is the most durable if done right but It would probably represent the water color the worst.
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