How to Do Screen Printing

How to Do Screen Printing. Make an impression with your wardrobe by screen
printing your favorite designs onto a shirt. You will need An image A computer An image
manipulation program A printer An embroidery hoop Sheer curtain material A pencil Paintbrushes
Water-resistant glue Screen-printing ink and an ink squeegee. Step 1. Select the image you want to screen print. In an image manipulation program on your computer,
make the image black and white. Print it, making sure the image is not bigger
than the embroidery hoop. Start with a simple image that will be easy
to trace. After practice, you can try more difficult
images. Step 2. Pull the sheer material tight across the inner
embroidery hoop to make a screen. Screw the material in place with the outer
embroidery hoop. Step 3. Place the screen on top of the printed picture
so that the fabric is touching the paper. Then trace the image with a pencil. Step 4. Turn the screen fabric-side up, and paint
the black or negative space with a layer of glue. Wait for the glue to dry. Step 5. Position the screen where you want the image
to appear on the shirt, and then squeegee the ink onto the sheer material. Step 6. Pull off the screen and allow the ink to dry. Follow the heat-sealing directions on the
ink bottle to preserve the screen-printed image. Did you know Early Polynesian Island natives
cut designs into banana leaves and filled them with ink to screen print bark cloth.

44 Replies to “How to Do Screen Printing

  1. @MiffiMuffin a regular stencil can't have blank spaces in the middle like this method can. I agree that the quality leaves something to be desired, and I've always used a photo-exposure method to create my screens, but if someone wants to get started simply and have a repeatable pattern, you could definitely do worse.

  2. @ellaandthegalsxx T-shirt transfers don't last very long. Screen-printing inks will hold up very well to washing and wearing.

  3. @realhorrorsh0w You could, but it wouldn't be repeatable. Also, I suspect it would be a lot easier to fix a mistake on the screen than in direct-painting. If you want to make a small pattern for say a rec-league team or something, and didn't want to get into real printing, this is an excellent in-between method.

  4. @bee5120 I'm something of a resolution snob myself, but honestly if you're tracing a simple shape by hand (and especially hand-painting glue), it's not very critical. You're certainly not going to match 300dpi with a paintbrush full of glue!

  5. Outline a shape on a shirt with a pencial trace it again with sharpie or glue then put glitter on it if you did it with glue, paint inside of it and there you go !

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