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Plan a Family Reunion this Summer

Family Reunions present a wonderful opportunity to catch up with relatives and get to know family members that live far away and that you don’t see often. Sometimes you have the rare opportunity to meet distant family members for the first time. This summer, plan a large event or a small family reunion to get the family together and remember how important family time is.

Family Reunion T Shirts are a great way to remember and cherish the event. Here are some tips to help you create fantastic Family Reunion T Shirts for the exciting day.

1. Choose a lighter color for the T shirt. A light color will make your design stand out better. Also, many reunions are summer time events and lighter colored T Shirts will be more comfortable in the warmer weather.
2. Decide on a design for the T shirt. If you have any artistic members of the family, ask them to create a custom design for the shirt. You may even ask more than one for ideas and then circulate the design ideas via email for a vote by the family members. If a family artist is not available, many popular t shirt printers online offer free quality graphics for your use.
3. You may choose to put a photograph on the t shirt rather than, or along with a graphic. Photos of ancestral family homes and older member of the family are often good ideas. Another great idea is to include baby photos and let family members have fun guessing who they are.
4. Be sure to remember to add the date and the location of the reunion. It may seem like you could never forget, but years later you’ll be happy that you have that information as part of your keepsake.
5. You may decide to use an iron-on transfer, but consider using a professional T Shirt printer because the quality of the print will be much higher and the shirt will stand up much long to the test of time. You may also use many ink cartridges depending on how many shirts you have to print for, so it may also be more cost efficient to use a professional T shirt printer. Prices are quite reasonable from many popular t shirt printers online.
6. Many times it’s easier to select one adult size (usually XL) and one large kids size to account for everyone’s size. Trying to be specific or guess with sizes will often backfire and you want to be sure everyone gets a shirt.
7. It’s a great idea to order more Family Reunion T Shirts than what you are expecting to need. It’s always better to have too many then not enough.
8. It may be helpful to share a chosen design with family members via email and instruct each on how to easily upload it to a popular T shirt design website and print their own for their immediate family. This tactic would ensure that everyone has a specific sized shirt to wear to the reunion and allow each family member to purchase their own individually.

I hope that these ideas will help you in the process of creating Family Reunion T Shirts for your event this summer.

Author Joe Caricari has 10 years of experience in producing quality custom screen printing. Owner of TheTdesigner.com Joe makes designing custom Family Reunion T shirts online easy for his customers.

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Screen printing is a fantastic way to cheaply make branded items, or even one off custom pieces. Need a silly t-shirt to surprise a friend with? Printing it yourself is the cheapest way to make that happen! Kids can even get the hang of printing VERY quickly and be apart of the entire process, which is awesome!
Here are a few things that I didn’t cover in the video that I think will give you better results.
Use high dpi screens. These provide finer detail, and have significantly improved my prints.
Have someone hold your frame so that you can use two hands to evenly pull the squeegee.
If you don’t have access to a dryer for heat setting, you can cover the print with a piece of paper and iron it for a minute.
If using a dark material, look for an ink labeled “super opaque”. You’ll get a brighter colored print.

You’ll need a screen and squeegee to start.
Also, some photo emulsion for screen printing.
Add water to the sensitizer, then mix it with the emulsion.
Mix thoroughly until it’s an even green color.
Pour just a small amount onto the screen.
Use the squeegee to spread it evenly on both sides of the screen. Try to get even and full coverage by alternating directions and sides.
Dry the emulsion in front of a fan and IN THE DARK.
After it’s dry, quickly lay your artwork, backwards, on the back of the screen. You can print your art on transparencies at most office supplies stores or copy centers.

Tape the art in place, then lay on a piece of glass to hold it against the screen.
Apply a very bright light for 30-45 minutes.
You can also use sunlight, but the time may vary depending on cloud cover and placement.
The areas covered by your art do not get exposed when you remove the transparency.
Use a light spray and soft toothbrush to wash out the unexposed emulsion.
Be careful not to use too much force when spraying it out or you will remove emulsion around your design as well.
Use painters tape to mask any areas that you don’t want to print yet, or areas where the emulsion isn’t intact.
Layout your shirt on smooth, flat surface and remove wrinkles.
Place your design where you want it to be printed.
Lay a thick bead of ink above the art, extended past both ends. Be sure to add extra ink above large areas to be printed.
Even though I’m working alone here, you’ll have better luck to have someone hold your screen, then use two hands to evenly pull the squeegee fully across your screen.
Remove the screen and wash out all of the ink before it dries. After the ink dries, run your shirt through a clothes dryer for 5 minutes to heat set the print.
The screens can be reused by cleaning them with emulsion remover.
Spread a small amount across both sides of the screen.
Then use a hose to wash out the emulsion until the screen is clean. Dark inks will stain the material of the screen, but this will not affect future prints. Just make sure to remove all of the emulsion. Second channel: bit.ly/iltms-2
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