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Tightwad vs The Screen Printing Kit

I’ve spent the past 2 days searching far and wide on the internet for various screen printing starter kits. There were $50, there were $5000 ones… all with a plethora of options to choose from. This has become my own personal hell. Let me explain… I suffer from the sad combination of being both extremely indecisive when presented with too many options as well as being chronically cheap.

So here I am – cheap & indecisive – spending hours upon hours weighing different options like “should I buy the kit that has more ink and less chemicals? Or the kit that has more ink and less chemicals? Or what about the kit that comes with a heat gun – we’re going to probably want that for making T-shirts one day. Oh for $50 more I can get the kit with the more ink AND more chemicals – AND a larger screen! But $50 is a lot extra… should I really do that? Maybe I should just to SUPER cheap and buy the $50 kit… although that really doesn’t have much in it…”¬† And yes, I even went as far as to begin looking up individual items and pricing them out to see how much THAT would cost too.

*sigh*

I finally resorted to calling my boyfriend up and making rationalizing statements to him (but really to myself) about why I should spend $200 on a screen printing kit. Repeated agreements on his part finally gave me the strength I needed to take the plunge. Man, this really makes me sound like I have a problem, doesn’t it? What can I say… my father was the king of all tightwads and apparently he taught me quite well.

So, after days of torturous back-and-forthing, I have finally settled on The Screen Printing Hobby Kit Plus (that’s right… plus! I even coughed up that extra $50 to get a bigger screen, more ink AND more chemicals. I must say I am quite proud of myself!) Hoping it arrives in the next week here so. I haven’t screen printed in almost 10 years, so I’m just itching to get back into it!

How-To: Screenprint Like A Boss

Today I bring you Bre Pettis of Make Magazine, who partnered with Matt Stinchcomb of Etsy to put together this fabulously fun tutorial on screen printing. They cover the whole process from start to finish, and even include some extra outside-the-box ideas at the end. The only thing I’d like to add is that they’re using a large printing setup more for the serious printer, but you can do the same process at home using a simpler setup with just a single screen attached with hinges to a board that you print on. I’ll be posting some other videos soon that show how to make a screen/screening station for those who are interested in being a little more hands-on (a.k.a. cheap)… like myself.

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