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So the cat y’all voted for a couple of days ago was for this T-shirt design. I am fascinated by silk screening and was so excited to do this. I found a YouTube video of how to make a silk screen with ModPodge glue and an embroidery ring. I penciled the design and painted the glue on the fabric yesterday.
And in the spirit of Noah Scalin’s suggestion to learn a skill from someone else, my brother (who used to do a lot of skateboard inspired design silk screening), helped me ink this T-shirt.
It was family affair, complete with white wine. How can you go wrong?!

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The first T-shirt was an old one, a trial run. I found a bunch of tiny places ink came through, that I taped off. And had to take a break – the ink dried on the screen and the screen needed to be washed and allowed to dry. And the ink that leaked through to the cardboard needed to dry before putting a fresh T-shirt back on it. So, after filling our bellies with dinner, we inked the second T-shirt.

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I am really happy with this. I didn’t have to deal with photo emulsion paper and exposure times. And I was afraid the title on the book would blur, but it came out very clear. I have to say I’m tempted to do more T-shirts!!

Have a great night everyone!!

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So after I did Stencil Kitty, I knew I wanted to make a stencil on a T-shirt. And today was the day!  I decided I needed to make a new kitty design, so Lazy Kitty came into existence.  Mostly because that’s what my real life cats are like and I’m jealous!  I had bought some fabric paints a few weeks ago and a white T-shirt. I cut the stencil out of salad containers in our recycle bin.  And stamped the pattern first onto a practice old T-shirt…Then worked on the new T-shirt, tipping the kitty down on the left side a little more so he looked less “dead”…and then I had a t-shirt.Things I learned today:

1) This process takes a long time from start to finish.  I think it took about 4 hours or more?

2) I wish I had some black paint to make the words and the cat, then do the stars in silver glitter

3) This kitty probably would have benefited from some legs sprawling open to make him look more relaxed and less “amikufa” (Swahili for “dead,” of course. Doesn’t everybody know this?! Just kidding!).

4) There must be a way to prevent the paint from seeping out around the stencil… huh, I guess that’s one thing I did not learn today. :)

5) It would be much easier to make the stencil out of one piece of plastic, not multiple small moving ones.

Funny, today was a day when I really struggled to get an idea for a cat.  And then I really had to push myself to start.  Once I started, it rolled along well. Interesting to see how my brain works.

This was a good rainy day project.  The assignment was to take a potato or a sponge, make a stamp and use it on some medium.  We only had sweet potatoes in the house, so the heart was a test to make sure it would even work.  And then I made the kitty tipping his head up like he was thinking (the notebook already said “rethink”), did some test stamps on an ink pad and then applied them to the notebook.

Some failed attempts: tissue box (no photo) & edge of cat scratch box (below).  Both were too glossy and didn’t take up the ink.

And Chaos being a helpful cat as always.  Lying on the final product.  (How can that be comfortable?!)