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Silk Screen Printing

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Hello people of the internet!

So, I finally got down to doing something I’ve been dying to try for weeks!!! I smell an exciting project coming up for the kids!

I’ve done silkscreen printing back in the good old days in school with emulsion and all the industrial tools, but this is my first try at a D.I.Y and decided on a simpler design.

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Supplies
silkscreen frame
squeegee
acrylic or fabric paint
silkscreen mask
old brushes in assorted sizes
pencil
masking tape
a print out of your design
paper or fabric you want to print on

Most of the supplies can be found at any local craft stores, I got all of mine from Artfriend.

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ONE: Place your print out below your screen and trace around the design.

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TWO: Prop your screen up around the edges, and paint silkscreen mask on the areas around your design. Use a small brush for the details. Follow the instructions on your silkscreen mask bottle on the drying time. There was no instructions on the bottle I bought, I left it out in the open and it took no more than 2 hours (it probably will take 1-3 hours depending on the thickness of your application).

To cut down on the areas that I have to mask, I stuck some long pieces of masking tapes on the rest of my screen. It also helps in protecting the remaining parts of your unused screens for future designs.

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THREE: It would be a good idea to test out the print on a similar surface before moving on to the real thing (that explains why my screen already had a good amount of paint on it).

Align your screen onto the surface you want to print on, in our case, black aprons. Squirt a good amount of paint onto the masked area of the screen at one end of your design, then drag it with the squeegee to the other end.

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FOUR: Slowly light up the screen, letting the fabric fall off on its on. You probably can do a couple more prints without rinsing out the screen. We printed 4 aprons before rinsing the paint out under running water. Dry it off with some paper towel and you are good to go again! Just remember to remove the masking tapes and put on new ones before and after cleaning your screen.

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Thoroughly rinse your screen after you are done with all the printing before the paint dries up. This enables you to reuse your screen again in the future!

You’ll realise that the prints are not the same for all surfaces, with some parts of the prints being lighter/darker than the other parts. This is the beauty in screen printing! However, if you want to achieve a more even print, you can go over your design with 2-3 coats of paint before lifting up the screen.

Have fun!

xo teacher cherlyn