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Fakie Screen Printing Tutorial by taeliac Fakie Screen Printing Tutorial by taeliac
Once I learned how to do this, I just knew I'd have to make a tutorial out of it, because it's so much easier than I had ever thought it could be! I was so afraid of screen printing, but a friend (K8) assured me that it wasn't that bad when I'm doing it like this, and guess what? She's totally right!

So here, I thought I'd share it with you - maybe now you won't feel so afraid to do it. And become addicted to it (like me).

Where to buy the supplies:
- Contact paper can be boughten at Target for like $7/roll, but similar stores should carry it. The rolls last a lot longer than I expected!
- Screen printing ink: You may be able to find this at a lot of place, but I always buy mine from Artist and Display. If you don't have one near you, they do have an online store. It's a great place that's been absorbing all of my money lately :D
- All the other supplies can be boughten at somewhere like JoAnn Fabrics or the like, they're pretty easy to find.

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Just a note: Sorry for the watermark, but I'm still leary on things being used where I don't necessarily want them to be. All the photos in the tutorial are (c) me, except for the very last one, which awesome credit goes to Doll at AetasPhotography.net.

Feel free to link to this or whatnot, but please don't redistribute it without my consent.

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~View all of my Artisan Crafts tutorials here~

2007 Taeliac Studio/Samantha Lemieux ~ BeAnime.com
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If you feel the process of screen printing has you baffled Fakie Screen Printing Tutorial by `taeliac is just the tutorial for you.It is not only comprehensive but easily explained with no fuss directions.It's uses are endless and you will soon find yourself printing your creative designs in no time at all.This is just one of many fabulous tutorials she had made available to us. ( Featured by znow-white )
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Brisbane-Printing Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Awesome, thanks for the tutorial!!
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catfruitcup Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Huh, I was always afraid to use contact paper since it can't be reused, but it really makes nice clean designs! Have you ever tried a brayer (not the crappy foam ones) instead of a stencil brush? I'm looking to save my wrists : ) Great tut-thank you!
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MistressAine Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
This is an awesome tutorial. I usually try to go through all the comments before I ask a question but there are a lot of comments on this and I eventually gave up so I apologize if this has already been asked. I was wondering what kind of fabric you did this on. I am getting ready to make my Himawari and am using a lovely satin and am nervous about putting the contact paper on it and killing it. Thank you.
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Peacherine Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much for always posting such helpful tutorials... although I didn't use the actual screenprinting ink (I used Jacquard Lumiere paint for a really nice metallic effect), I did find the contact paper stencil idea worked very well for all these birds on Sakura's kimono!  :)  [My mom and I work together on outfits... hers will be this one of Yuuko's, but I painted all the clouds by hand without stencils or anything.


I'll probably be making the same Yuuko outfit as yours in this tutorial in the coming year, so this technique will prove very handy again! Thank you so much for sharing~ :heart:
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Peacherine Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Doh!  found out my links don't work! so, anyway, Sakura's outfit is this: www.zerochan.net/353055 and Yuuko's outfit is this: www.zerochan.net/593579 :)
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Ayosta Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
I have a question: Can you keep using the design?
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RyokoYuuki Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Would this work on pleather fabric?
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taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
You know, I never thought of it, but I don't see why it wouldn't. I think the biggest issue would be it cracking off after a while, though, unless you sealed it with some sort of poly coating. I would test it out for you, but I don't have access to any of my studio stuff since we moved to Japan, sorry :( If you try it, though, please let me know how it turns out...
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RyokoYuuki Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you, if I use this method I'll be sure to let you know. =)
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chewynmunchy Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Have you ever tried using white screen printing ink on black fabric before? I'm scared that I may have to put on multiple layers before I get the white to look opaque or that it might not even work *A*
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You have been featured here: [link]
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Contact paper... As in the transparent stuff you use to protect books? Sweet!
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User1134 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank You So Much For This Tutorial, I'm Actually Thinking of Persuing This, It Just Seems Costly....
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gaming-goddess Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very nice tutorial, simple and easy to follow. Thanks for this :)
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Soraoraoraora Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohmyzombie, thankyou so, soooo much!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hehe, not a problem at all!! Lemme know if you use it in anything, I love seeing what people come up with!! :3
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Soraoraoraora Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll probably use it for an upcoming cosplay. Most likely Rhyme Bito from TWEWY.
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inaligrimalkin Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
How well does this last? I know if you were to do this with fabric paint it will eventually crack as the fabric stretches, will the ink crack too or no?
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taeliac Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
So far out of everything I've tried, this lasts the best. It doesn't really crack if you put it on thin enough - this kidn of allows the ink to "flex" a bit when you're wearing/using it, so thin coats are the way to go to avoid crackling.

However, if you're doing this on a really stretchy material (knit, spandex, etc) I think it would not be such a good idea - then it would more than likely pull. If that's the case, look into a fabric marker or dye pen - I think there's a brand called "Tee Juice" that I know a few people who've had good success with :3

((sorry if this makes no sense, cold drugs are kind of addling my brain ^^;))
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inaligrimalkin Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Awesome! It made sense don't worry
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sasQ87 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
this's very useful....
thank u very much...=D
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taeliac Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Any time! I'm happy it's helpful to you! :love:
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Dey-Chan Featured By Owner May 17, 2011
yay!! I was thinking to use contac paper but had my doubts, and when I was reading your tutorial I totally was impressed to see the cool results you got, I'm gonna try to do this one in a silly pic I did yesterday to use in a t-shirt.

Thanks a lot for sharing your knowledge! :la:
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taeliac Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
You definitely should try it! It's not the best - regular screen printing will help with more opaque layers of screen printing ink, but this definitely works if you're like me an a total doufus with the squeegee ;P

And I just can't stop staring at your avi and giggling :giggle:
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Fuzzy-Fluffy Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I...had no idea you could just use screen printing ink as fabric paint. Thanks for sharing!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I didn't know, either! I was so happy and surprised to find that out! :glomp:
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marianancy1234 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
WHOO~!!
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totalexistancefail Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
Very nice! Good descriptive instructions but not too lengthy. And I adored the squeegee of doom comment. Oh yes. :) I shall have to try this sometime! Thanks so much for this! :iconisaydanceplz:
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inaligrimalkin Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I might have to try this, I'm not sure how well it would work for what I have in mind though
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mxgirl199 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!! So much faster than actually screen printing. Couldn't you just take a really big brush and go over it a couple times? I like shortcuts. :)
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SweetAppleTea Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
This is really informative! I'd love to give this a try!
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green-knickers Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
have you heard of the freezer paper trick? you can trace it and then cut and just simply iron it on! it's like 3 dollars for like a bajillion yards and is really easy to work with!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes! I love freezer paper, but the downside is is it doesn't really stick very well when you're doing something like this with a stencil brush or the like - it easily peels up, plus, it's not really reusable ~ but, I agree, it is awesome to work with (I've used it for very delicate fabrics, to act as a temporary stabilizer, with amazing results!)
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oO-violetta-Oo Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010
This has got to be the greatest tutorial I've ever read :] You're incredible for sharing your wealth of knowledge with the rest of us :heart: You made the "screen printing" process sound awesome....I can't wait to try it ^-^
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craftysorceress Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the tutorial, the results look great without the expensiveness of screen printing. Thanks! Fav++;
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taeliac Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
:glomp: Hooray! I'm happy to hear it :3 I know what you mean - screen printing can be so darn expensive!! I can't believe it!!
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Holly-Batali Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes! Screen printing! This helps soooo much for the cosplay I'm working on, thank you!
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SHERLOCKED-in-221B Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010
this is great! thank you! now, by doing more than one coat, do you mean letting it dry and then doing another coat? or can i leave the stencil on, let it dry just a few hours, and then do another coat?
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FantasyStock Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
:+fav: This tutorial is featured in "Costume Design 101" for Costume Week.

Thank you for sharing your design techniques with the community!
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PeanutButterOtter Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010
You always have the best tutorials! I'll definitely be using this for the symbols on my Haori for my Yoruichi-Taichou cosplay [: It seems a lot easier than all the other methods out there :D
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NotaSouthernGirl Featured By Owner May 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is to cool. I was looking in a theater book and they suggested something simular. For longer tracks they made several hard copies or had this huge block thingy - i know REAL technical, huh. LOL.
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taeliac Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
No! Actually, that makes perfect sense! We had to do something similar in a painting/dying class, but it's not something too practical for most people (I know I dun have the space for it, at least :giggle:)
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ChaseYoungFangirl Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010
This is going to be incredibly useful in the future. =D
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hooray!! I'm very happy to hear it :glomp:
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LittleSunshine91 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010  Hobbyist
omg thank you so much! this is just what i've been looking for :D
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hooray!! I'm happy to help :D

If this doesn't work out for your needs, I do have a tutorial on applique, too, which is another way to get the design on the fabric :D
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LittleSunshine91 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Hobbyist
Okay I need to check that too :D thanks again :hug:
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backstagemezzo Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010
This is amazing! Thanks so incredibly much! Definitely going to put this to use for some Final Fantasy stuff.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh yeah! It is definitely helpful for some of those things, especially the crazy amounts of repeat stuff that some of the outfits have, that you just can't find a fabric even remotely close for :giggle:

I'm happy that it is helpful to you! :glomp:
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