Screen printing is a versatile and useful process that all artists, musicians, writers and entrepreneurs wishing to create original art, t-shirts, posters, books, stickers, and product packaging have used for many years . It works by creating a stencil made from an impermeable surface on silk or polyester mesh, where ink is then pressed through the open mesh onto the desired substrate.
We offer several different products that you can use to create a stencil on your screen, such as; photo emulsion, screen drawing fluid, screen filler or frisket. We also offer printing inks that work on most substrates such as; paper, fabric, vinyl or plastic. In addition we also offer complete screen printing kits and all of the accessories necessary to complete your project.
Great kits for learning how to screen print on fabric, wood, paper and cardboard. Easy to use and come with a great selection of materials all with detailed instruction.
Screen Printing Frames by Speedball. Fine screen mesh stretched tautly around a wooden frame . Available in various sizes and with or without a base.
19 brilliant colors. For use on paper, wood and cardboard. Easy clean-up with water.Can be screen printed or painted with brush
A range of colors to print of fabrics with an opaque, bold color. Dry overnight and remain permanent through the wash.
Water based inks for printing on paper, board etc...for signs fin art etc.... not water proof, not for use on fabrics you intend to wash.
Applied with brush, the drawing fluid dries,then the entire screen is coated with screen filler.
When the screen is dry, the drawing fluid can be washed out, allowing the drawn image to be printed.
A selection of squeegees for use with screen printing. Items range depending on material and size desired for print.
Screen Filler for blocking out the screen during the sreen making process.
The photographic process gives a photographic realism to the screen printing process. This technique is the most effective and interesting way to transfer photo realistic images to cloth or paper. It is easily achieved a home and this kit comes with everything you need except for the frame and the light source.
Speedball® Water Soluble Transparent Extender Base. Designed to create a transparent color. Can mix with any quantity the ink.
Four 4oz jars of Jacquard Professional Screen Inks (blue, red, black, super opaque white). 4 ounce photo emulsion,1/3 gram diazo sensitizer,3 acetate sheets, (for the fastest and easiest way to prepare image for printing),stir stick, instruction booklet in 3 languages (English, Spanish, & French).
Jacquard Professional Screen Printing Inks have good body and screen beautifully with excellent resolution. With a slightly stiff hand they are especially well suited to commercial applications. They will not wrinkle paper when screening art prints.
In our last Art Tip, we looked at making your own screen using the photo emulsion process. Go check it out on our website for reference. But now, it's on to printing!
Prepping to Print
Before you do anything with ink, you need to block off the bare areas of your screen. Use the masking tape on the inside of the frame (sometimes called the squeegee side) to tape over the edges around the hardened emulsifier, and any other spots where you don't want ink to press through.
Put the foam board or cardboard piece inside your t-shirt to stabilize it; the fabric should be straight and smooth over the board, but not stretched. It's also a good idea to secure your t-shirt to your work top so nothing accidentally slides around during the inking step.
Printing the Art
Now it's time to ink your design. Spread your ink about two inches above your art completely across the width, and use the squeegee to slowly, firmly and with strong, solid pressure, push the ink down and over the design. Push the squeegee up, down, side to side, to fully press the ink through the design and onto your t-shirt (or canvas bag, or whatever you're printing on). Slowly pull the screen away from your t-shirt, and let the shirt dry.
Tip: You can adhere the ink to your shirt more permanently by using an iron on its hottest setting to make the fabric color fast a washable. Let the ink dry for two hours, then iron over the top of the design on the hottest setting for about a minute. This will set the ink into the fabric.
Clean the Screen!
Screen printing ink dries pretty quickly, and if you want to use the same silk screen again, then you need to wash it out with cold water immediately after printing so that none of the ink dries in the design.
Tip: Done with your design for good? You can use your screen again! Use an emulsion remover to take the hardened emulsion out of the screen. Then you can create an entirely new design using the same screen.
Now, wear and enjoy your custom screen printed t-shirt with pride!