Friday, August 20, 2010

Silk Screening with Mod Podge

I have been dying to finally do anything using this method.  Nathan came home with a Literacy bag that he was able to decorate.  EUREKA!!  Finally I get to use my Mod Podge to silk screen.  A little nervous to start.  What if it messed up?  What if he didn't like it?  What if I ruin his entire bag?  It was easy as pie.  A little time consuming but it was also my first go.  I think next time will go faster.
Here are the supplies you will need.  A sheer curtain panel.  I got mine on sale at Walmart years ago and happen to remember that I had them.  Mod Podge, a fabric ring, paint brush, material you are screening.

1.Put your sheer material through the ring and pull and tighten so the fabric is pretty secure.  Trim off any excess.
2. Nathan picked out the font and I chose the size.  I didn't like that it needed 2 lines to print but in the end it only made the project take longer so I can live with that.
3. Trace your image or letters onto the sheer fabric with a pencil.
4.  Mod Podge with your brush all around the font/image and even quite a bit away from you image so no paint gets on the outside.
I let the first coat dry and did a second just to make sure I covered all the tiny holes.  This was the most time consuming part.  You can blow dry it to help the process go faster.
 Lastly, put card board in between your layers so it doesn't bleed through.  Start painting in your image or font.  I went over it twice before lifting it off.  You can even rinse the paint out of the fabric and use it again.  I threw mine out.

The finished product.  I added some stripes using tape as my guide and put his teachers name on it like he requested.  Not bad for my first time.  I love this so much I need to find more to silk screen on!!  Happy crafting!! Hope this inspires you like it did me.

Linking to:
Hope Studios

CSI Project 

1 comment:

Doreen said...

I love how you use the Podge in this project. Thanks for visiting my blog - I also found you on CSI. Nice "meeting" you!