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Simple Screen Printing at Home

DIY Screen Printing Tee GP

If you have a complex design that you’d like to have screen printed, you probably want to let the pros handle it. But, if you have a simple design, with only one or two colors, and a flair for creativity, you may enjoy giving screen printing a try at home. The process is actually very simple if you have the right supplies on hand, and you’ll be well satisfied with your work when you’re finished.

Building the Screen

A screen printing screen is basically a swatch of 110 mesh polyester, stretched tight across a frame. You can use a frame that you have on hand, or you can build a simple one to suit your desired dimensions.

Setting Emulsifier

Before you can begin working with the emulsifier, you will need to set up your darkroom so you don’t inadvertently expose the screen to too much light. Choose an area of your home where you have room to work, and where you can block out all light from coming in. Stock this area with your newly-made screen, your emulsifier, a squeegee and a small lamp containing a 150 watt bulb.

Applying Your Image

While your screen is drying, you can work on creating the image you want to burn into it. Your image needs to be printed with dark black ink, or colored in with a dark marker. Use two exact copies secured together, or a thicker grade of paper so no light can seep through. Cut your image out and take it with you to the dark room where your screen is being kept.

Voila! You’ve just done your own custom screen printing at home!

Author Bio

In her former life, Tiecen Anderson worked in sales and marketing for a large insurance company. Before starting a family, she decided to switch gears and pursue a career that would give her a little more time at home. She finished up her degree from California State University in 2008 and started picking up work as a corporate web content writer. She enjoys learning new things every day as she works with clients like Creative Expressions.

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