Feathers Flights // Sewing Blog: Zip Screens Screen Printing

5.11.2012

Zip Screens Screen Printing

I've really been branching out lately in the refashion world. This time I tried screen printing and really like it. I tried Zip Screens and Zip Screen paints from FashionArtProjects.com. I really wish these had been around when I was in high school because I tried to do screen printing stuff that didn't turn out that great. Anyway, I'll walk you through my experience.
I used a sport Zip Screen on a onesie for Henry and a round design on a shirt for me. Doing just one screen printing and not moving it was easy and turned out well. With the round design I wanted multiple ones so I smudged the paint a little while I was moving it around.
 
Henry's turned out great. He's number 1!
 
Mine wasn't as great, but it still turned out alright. To fix the accidental smudges I added some on-purpose smudges.
Then I tried doing some screen printing without the screens. I just used masking tape and printing labels for the shapes I wanted. Two onesies for Henry and three shirts for me.
It really helps to keep the plastic covering for a place to put the paint.
As you can see, the onesies turned out great. I ran out of purple on one shirt, the Popsicle turned out to be a big mix of colors, and the bunting shirt turned out good.

Just so you know the inspiration for the Popsicles was from this onesie and the bunting shirt inspiration was from this sweatshirt.
 
If you get the paint on your hands, it comes off in a day or two.
The blue anchor didn't show up as well on the onesie as I would have liked, but Henry still looks like a cute little sailor.
 
I added some stitching to the bunting shirt. This is definitely me new favorite shirt.
My purple herringbone mistake shirt. I will figure out a way to fix it!
And we have matching Popsicle shirts for summer! Yay!
 
Pros:
The Zip Screens makes screen printing easy and fun.
The designs always turned out good.
I loved the neon colors.
The Zip Screen paint makes it easy too.

Cons:
Each paint packet either had too much paint or not enough paint for what I wanted to do.
There is a limited amount of Zip Screen designs available.
It was a little hard for me to get the hang of the paint technique and putting the screens on right.
It's hard to screen print without a Zip Screen.

9 comments:

  1. Have you ever tried using freezer paper and fabric paint as a stencil? I haven't done it yet myself, but you iron the paper on so it doesn't bleed. "I Am Momma Hear Me Roar" has a tutorial and uses the method all the time. I like the bunting shirt!

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  2. Wow, these are so adorable! I especially like the bunting one! You are so creative!

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  3. I love the mother&son pictures! :) All these t-shirts turned out great, you found a great solution for the smudges!

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  4. I love the mother&son pictures! :) All these t-shirts turned out great, you found a great solution for the smudges!

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  5. I love this photos, it really looks cute. Popsicle shirts are great outfit for summer.

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  7. Hahaha, matching pop sickle shirts are adorable!

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  8. Nice work, these prints are great!

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