November 5, 2012 by Emily
I fell in love with screen printing when I was in college, I loved being able to alter plain clothes with my own designs…but once I left my well equipped art college my options for screen printing got pretty small… however, my desire to personalize my things has not gone away. So I got crafty and improvised!
You can screen print at home for minimum cost with just a few supplies, most you might already have at home!
What You’ll Need:
- A surface to print on, this is just a plain canvas bag I had lying around that needed some style!
- An embroidery hoop
- Tight mesh fabric, I’m using a sheer curtain from target, it was $3 and I’ll be able to make dozens of screens with just one curtain panel.
- Mod Podge
- Small brush
- A design! I made a super simple arrow design and printed it out, but drawings work just as well.
- Paint, I used printing ink because It was already in my craft room but any acrylic paint will work
- An ink “squeegee”, I used an old gift card
Step 1, Stretching your screen:
Fit a square of the mesh fabric into the embroidery hoop, tighten the hoop as much as you can then pull the edges to get the fabric as taught as possible. Cut any excess fabric from around the edges to keep them out of your way which working.
Lay your design underneath the mesh fabric and trace the image with a permanent marker.
Using a small brush paint the Mod Podge around your design, I added a little paint to my Mod Podge so I could see exactly where and how thickly I was painting it on. This is filling in the mesh holes that surround your design, leaving just your design open for paint to go through. Allow the Mod Podge to dry completely, I waited an hour then checked for any areas I may have missed.
Step 4, Printing:
Once the screen is 100% dry you can begin printing! I scooped a small amount of printing ink onto the screen then used an old gift card to swipe it over the design… use a little bit of pressure to ensure that the ink passes through the entire design. Repeat the print as many times as you want and allow to dry! When you are done printing you can rinse out the screen to save it for another crafty day.
The only real limitation is that the surface you print on needs to be flat, but other wise go nuts!
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