Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Screenprinting

So, I found a few examples online and decided that I could give screenprinting a try. We decided to do it for a Young Women activity at church and so I had to make sure it would actually work.

After purchasing some screenprinting paints on Amazon, I printed out a bunch of templates (pumpkin carving templates....go figure, or sillhouettes of something. Just google it and then click on photos in the upper left of your browser to see what will come up). Anyways, Penny picked the M&M's and wanted them pink.
So, this is how you do it: You start with your template, a cutting mat (or cardboard if you don't have one), an exacto knife pen AND freezer paper.

1) Place the freezer paper shiny side down.
2) Tape your template on top of it so it doesn't slide around
3) begin carving out the image with your exacto knife pen (make sure its sharp!)

4) after you have cut out your template, remove the paper from the freezer paper.


5) If you are doing a t-shirt or something that could bleed to a second layer of fabric, turn the fabric inside out and place one large square of freezer paper shiny side down onto the fabric. Iron in place for 10-15 seconds or until completely adhered, on high heat (no steam). Turn fabric right side out and adhere your template to your fabric shiny side down (make sure its straight!). Make sure that all edges are stuck to the fabric before going on to the next step.


6) Using a screen printing paint (or acrylic paint with a fabric medium) dab paint into the holes of your template. Make sure it is evenly coated. One coat should work fine on a light colored shirt, but if you are not sure. Let the first coat dry completely and then add another thin second layer.



7) Remove template (I did mine while it was still wet, not sure how easily they come off when dry) and let it dry completely. Heat set the paint by putting a thin towel or parchment paper over the image and setting the iron on medium high. Iron one spot at a time for 1-2 minutes without moving the iron.

So, we did this for a YW activity and the girls absolutely loved it! Every design was different and they all turned out really really neat. A few of them even told me that they were going to buy the paints so that they could make more on their own. Awesome!


These really aren't that hard and the possibilities are endless. Dominic wants a wizard, science beakers and an atom...... on 3 different shirts. I'm making a cassette tape on a sweatshirt for Michael. 
Its so fun! =)

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