Tag Archives: T-Shirt

How It’s Made: Screen Printing Tees

13 Jan

Have you ever wondered how the screen printing process works? Our friend Isabel is a local photographer and devoted supporter of the Delaware Army National Guard. In the fall, she ordered shirts for the soldiers of the 3rd platoon of the 946th Transportation Company, who returned home from Afghanistan at the end of the month. We happily donated the shirts and are very happy to share with you the images from the shirt-making process.

Delaware National Guard T-Shirt Process

Photos by Izzy B. Photography

In November, Isabel documented the birth of a t-shirt, from the inception of the design to the printing and drying of the shirt.  She has done a beautiful photo essay and blog post detailing the process. You can see her amazing photography and read the post in full here: http://welcomehome946thtc.blogspot.com/2013/11/0-0-2012-04-10t161700z-2012-04.html.


Happy Birthday T-Shirts Infographic

28 May

Happy Birthday T-Shirts Infographic

By some estimates, the t-shirt is turning 100 this year! To celebrate, We put together an infographic showcasing the milestones which have taken us from the development of the tee to the invention of a viable screen printing material (plastisol).

Glitter Ink Rules

23 May

Rules for Printing with Glitter Ink

Here are my three rules for designing and printing glitter ink. In addition to silver and gold ink, jewel tones are available and we can do glitter vinyl.

1. Keep it Simple

You are already going to have glitter, so don’t go overboard with an elaborate design. This is a thick ink so you want to avoid layering it.

2. Avoid Designs with Fine Details

sans serif

Glitter ink has reflective flecks in it and is overall a thicker ink. Because the ink is thicker, you need to use a wider mesh screen when printing the design. Fine detail just won’t work well with glitter ink. Stick with Sans-Serif fonts, which often have “Sans” or “ Gothic” in the name, because they have plain strokes of even width.

3. Limit the Glitz

Stick with one color of glitter or glitter as accents to a solid primary design color. This is more of a personal preference recommendation than a hard-and-fast rule. In high school, I had a shirt printed in silver and gold glitter ink. You can see it here. It’s just unnecessary and it limits your design options.