Graphic Tees are very popular because it’s a way for teens to express who they are, their fandom, or their favorite band. DIY graphic tees are a great way to turn consumers into producers.
Curriculum: art, graphic design, career exploration
Expensive/Advanced Faux Screen Printing 1
If you have a larger budget or you own a cutting machine (doesn’t have to be a Silhouette), screen printing can be a fairly easy project.
- We had teens design a picture with the free Adobe Illustrator Draw app.
- Teens emailed their design to staff.
- We uploaded their design to the Silhouette software and printed it on adhesive vinyl.
- Teens placed the vinyl on the shirt and sponged fabric paint over the stencil.
- When it dries (use fans to speed up the drying process), teens pealed off the vinyl stencil.
To make this a career exploration program, talk to the teens about logos/branding. Have teens create their own company and ask them to design a logo for their new company.
Faux screen printing can be a program in graphic design for all skill levels by teaching the Adobe Illustrator app.
Expensive/Advanced Faux Screen Printing 2
Repeat steps 1 & 2. Instead of cutting on vinyl, cut on stencil material. To give teens real life experience of screen printing, you can purchase a screen printing board. This does get a little messy but messy is fun, right?
Intermediate Faux Screen Printing
If you don’t have a cutting machine, you can purchase stencil material on Amazon. Teens can draw their design on the stencil and use an Exacto knife to cut it out. Tape the stencil on the shirt and sponge fabric paint.
Easy Faux Screen Printing
If your library has a die cut machine, pre cut shapes or letters to use as stencils. You can also purchase stencil designs.