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My name is Gary. I have been working as a brand graphic designer for 20 years now, and I am here to share my wealth of knowledge with you. I teach people how to design, market, and promote their t-shirt business.
So, guys, I heard it time and time again that you guys keep asking about how they can print t-shirts in their home(s), and today, I am going to write about a technique that’ll help you do so, which is called “discharge printing”.
In case you don’t know, discharge printing is done on a lot of fancy high-end prints, because it has virtually no hand feel, and you can get a lot of cool colors out of doing so.
Therefore, I am going to show you how you can do this at your home!
So, here are the things that you are going to need:
2.) Hydrogen peroxide.
3.) A protective mask for the bleach fumes.
4.) 2 Spray bottles (For hydrogen peroxide and bleach.)
5.) Tie-dye kit.
7.) Freezer paper
8.) Exacto blade or a box cutter
9.) Artwork printed on a paper
10.) An Iron
11.) T-shirt blanks
12.) A piece of cardboard
Here are the steps:
Step 1: Lay your artwork on the cardboard
Now, tape the freezer paper on top of it:
Note: Make sure that the shiny side of the freezer paper faces down, and the regular mat side is facing upwards.
Step 2: Start tracing with a pencil:
Since our artwork has the colors green and red, I have divided it into different sheets for all the prints:
Step 4: Complete the tracing of the artwork:
Now, take the X Acto blade and cut the design part out:
Also, I will repeat the same for all of the components of the artwork such as “Beware, snakes in the grass”, and at last “The Cobra”.
Step 5: Once you have everything cut out, then it would look like this:
Step 6: Take the cardboard and put it into the insides of the t-shirt, and that’s because you don’t want the bleach to go and seep through the other side:
Step 7: Put the freezer paper with the cut-outs on your t-shirt blank:
Now, iron it down and make sure that the shiny part of the freezer paper faces down, because that is going to stick to your t-shirt, but don’t leave any residue because it is going to create a dollar store version of a silkscreen:
Also, we are going to take some more freezer paper, and put it to cover all the edges of the t-shirt, because we don’t want any splashes of bleach on our t-shirt.
Step 8: Take your tie-dye bottle for both the colors red and green, and then fill them with water:
Now, put them back on the spray bottles:
Step 9: Start spraying bleach on top of the freezer paper attached to the t-shirt:
And to help that bleach, we are going to iron it, where it helps to make the color even lighter and quicker:
Note: Make sure that you wear a mask, because there might be some toxic fumes from this process.
Repeat the bleach and ironing process for the rest of the 10-15 minutes or until you get it to a lighter shade.
Step 10: Stop the bleaching process by spraying the hydrogen peroxide:
Step 11: Start spraying the green tie-dye, and this is where we start the discharge process. This is where we also add color in that we just removed from the color bleach:
Now we wipe that off:
Look at this:
Note: So, one thing that I want you to know is that not only is printing very important for running a t-shirt business, but you need great designs as well. One great place is DesignCrowd.com, and they have people from all over the globe that are waiting to design your t-shirts. Make sure that you check them out!
Step 12: Now, we are going to repeat the same process for the other colors, and we are going to line up everything with the snake’s word and the cobra:
We are going to iron everything down and cover up all the edges:
Step13: Bleach over the t-shirt againc and spray hydrogen peroxide on top:
Then, we spray our tie-dye colors, and spray it all over:
Step14: We pull it off, and look at what we get:
Now it is smooth, and it has no hand feels!
Let me rock this for you:
So, how do you like them apples!This was my blog for making homemade t-shirts with no hand feel.
It’s a great way to get started and enter into the t-shirt industry!
So, go out and try it, but don’t forget to tag me on Instagram at @tshirthelpdesk.
That’s it! Thanks for reading.