"Powder puff games, blood drives, dances, 5k races, band concerts," Mintert said. "These all require a T-shirt. Everyone wants a T-shirt for everything."
There's nothing wrong with that, Mintert said. But so many custom shirt orders can get expensive. That's why she has learned how to screen print her own shirts. The number of shirts she's made over the past few years is in the high hundreds, she said.
She'll share her secrets during a class Saturday at
The most expensive thing to find is the screen and squeegee set, which can be found at area craft stores for about
"Someone who hasn't studied art can still produce a T-shirt," Mintert said. "We'll cover how to do this process in an economical, house-friendly way."
Screen printing involves the application of ink to a piece of fabric or paper by using a silk screen. A stencil of the chosen design is cut out, then placed in a special tray that holds the screen. A squeegee is used to apply the ink in the shape of the stencil.
The most complicated part of the process is cutting that initial stencil, Mintert said. It requires contact paper and a sharp knife. Mintert said that process will be covered during the class.
"It's good to start simple, then work your way up to developing a more intricate design," Mintert said. "If you jump in with both feet, you may end up with a mess."
And the use of a knife is why the class is intended for older children. But if parents are willing to tackle the long process of stencil-cutting, children can easily get involved in the painting -- a two-person process that requires one to tightly hold the screen and the other to use the squeegee.
Once a stencil is done, dozens of shirts can be made with one bottle of ink. With shirts as low as
Similar screen-printed shirts can cost anywhere from
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