Silk screen printing is a bit intimidating in the beginning, but it’s much easier than it looks. It’s possible to set up a distribution location in your own home for inexpensive. We’ll show you how you can do it with a minimum amount of materials.
The basic idea behind silk screening is quite straightforward and works much like a stencil. Instead of cutting out shapes individually, you coat a screen in picture emulsion, then cut an image out using a bright light.
How to do DIY Silk Screen Printing at home
1: Get Your Materials
First things initially, you have to get your materials in order. Here’s what you require:
– Screen and frame (you can buy these independently at a regional arts shop.
– Picture emulsion and sensitizer
– A 250-watt bulb
– Latex gloves
– A pitch black space (closets work great)
– A tee shirt.
– Silk Screen Fabric Ink
– Little cardboard that may fit your T- shirt inside.
2: Produce Your Image.
For your first effort, start with something basic without a lot of thin lines. A basic silhouette using Photoshop is an easy method to go. You need a strong black image since its only true purpose is to block the light. The image you choose will be burnt into the emulsion in step four. Once you settle on an image, print it out on a printer onto transparency paper (if you do not wish to buy a box of transparencies most copy shops copy onto a transparency for around a dollar).
3: Coat the Screen in Emulsion.
The emulsion is available in 2 parts: the emulsion and the sensitizer. Mix them together according to the directions on the bottle. Set your screen on a trash can. Put a little of the emulsion mix on the screen and spread it out on the screen with the squeegee. The emulsion must cover a somewhat bigger location than the image you wish to print. If you have to, repeat the process till the screen is coated, and you cannot see through it. You want a thin, even layer throughout the entire screen.
Leave the screen in a pitch black room for 2 hours up until it’s scorched.
Step 4: Display the Image on the Screen.
It’s time to expose the screen to the light. Because of exact same pitch black room (do not turn on the light yet), lay down a black cloth. Lay down the frame and the screen with the screen side down on top of the black surface. Then lay the openness with your image on it on the screen where the image emulsion is. Bind the transparency down with scotch tape or lay a piece of glass over it.
Position your lamp, so it’s about one to 2 feet above from the screen. Angle a light with the 250-watt bulb at the transparency with your image on it and leave the space. A desk light works best for this, but if you don’t have one, develop a reflector out of tin foil and location it above the lamp to show the light down. Do not turn on any other lights. Wait for about 10-15 minutes. Go back to space and thoroughly bring up the transparency.
Step 5: Clean the Screen.
Spray your screen down with cold water from a pipe, sink, or shower head. Notice how the area where your image is starting to exfoliate? Continue spraying it until you can see your image.
Let the screen dry and once it’s dry, cover any exposed parts of the screen (where there is no image emulsion or your image) with tape.
Step 6: Print
Lay your shirt out on a flat surface. Place a cardboard inside the shirt beneath the area you wish to print on.
Put a small amount of ink to the top of your screen. Take your squeegee, do a smooth move down the screen, putting in intense pressure
Raise the screen up, pull the cardboard out (thoroughly), and it’s completed.
If you want to make sure the image sticks on the shirt for an extended period, put the t-shirt in the oven for about 30 seconds of 400 degrees.
Action 7: Clean-up.
Screen printing ink dries fast, so as soon as you’re done printing shirts, clean the ink off the screen so you can utilize it once again in the future. If you wish to print an entirely different image, you can use an emulsion cleaner like this to wipe the.
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