It’s here, it’s here, the kit is here! I’m so excited… it’s been almost 10 years since I’ve done any screen printing. In my high school and early college years, I worked for a small print shop back home making t-shirt designs and helping out with the printing whenever the guys in the shop needed an extra hand. I loved working up in the office, making shirt designs and helping the customers & clients. What a wonderful thing to see their faces light up whenever I would show them the designs I’d come up. There’s nothing like being able to take something that someone has in their mind and not only create that – but create something possibly even better than they imagined. Being able to do that for people is what made me fall in love with design. A college degree and 3 years of professional work later – I am just now looking back and realizing that creating things that helped people is what really made designing t-shirts so rewarding for me.
I can still remember hot summer days down in the print shop too – we had little to no A/C and the place wreaked of chemicals and was full of large, sweaty guys making grossly inappropriate jokes… What can I say? For a tomboy who grew up hangin’ with the boys, this was just the most fun you could have. With the radio blasting AC/DC and Led Zeppelin, it was that perfectly simple mix of physical labor, lots of laughter, and filling a need by making things. Even though it was far from being a dream job, for that time in my life – it really was.
So here we are.. me and a screen printing kit, 8 years down the road we are reunited. I’m so excited to see where it takes me and who I can help along the way. Off we go!
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.
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!