Silk screen printing at home is a fun, addictive craft, and can even be profitable. PhotoEZ silk screen printing sheets will save you time on your projects. These sheets are precoated stencils that are ready to be exposed with your designs. You will be screen printing in less than an hour. This articles will discuss how to create a shirt with PhotoEZ after you have exposed the stencil.
Start by washing the shirt before you screen print it. If the shirt is not pre-shrunk, this could cause make your design look strange after you wash the shirt, it could become wavy and will not lay flat.
Lay the shirt down on a flat table and iron the area you will be placing the stencil. Center the stencil on the shirt. Remember to place the stencil shiny side down, screen side up. I like to use blue painters take to hold the stencil down. It holds the stencil well, and does not leave a residue. Tape down all four sides of the stencil, it will keep you from accidentally getting paint on the shirt outside the stencil.
You will need ink that is special made for screen printing on fabrics. Speedball fabric screen printing paint is a good brand to use, however there are many choices available. Apply the paint across the top of the stencil. Use the squeegee and spread the paint over the entire stencil. Press firmly and hold the squeegee at a 45 degree angle. Make sure the paint covers the entire design. Hold the squeegee at 90 degrees to remove all the extra paint from the stencil.
Peel the stencil off along with the tape. Wash the stencil in the sink with warm water and your hands. This is my favorite part of PhotoEZ sheets. Traditional screens with the hard, wooden frames usually have to be cleaned with a garden hose if you don’t have and industrial size sink in your home. You can wash PhotoEZ sheets right in the sink.
Allow the paint to completely dry. To speed up the drying process you can use a hair-dryer.
Place a piece of wax paper on top of the design. Heat set the image into the shirt. This essentially “melts” the paint into the fabric, keeping if from flaking off or easily washing out in the washer. Keep the iron moving over the image, you do not want to burn your shirt.