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learn how to silk screen

I have kitchen help…sous chefs…cuisine connoisseurs. I know, I’m one spoiled girl. Two extra sets of hands…they are amazing! So, as a token of my appreciation I want to give them something personal…something practical they can have all to themselves!

There’s nothing better than having something that’s all YOURS! You know…like when you were a kid and you would lick a cookie or two while your siblings were watching to ensure that they wouldn’t dare eat them!

When I saw this screen kit I knew it would be perfect for the project I had in mind! All you do is create your own black and white artwork on your computer (or you could even draw it by hand if you are that awesome), transfer it to a silk screen, pick your paint color, apply it to your fabric and VOILA!…your one of a kind project is done!

learn how to silk screen

Here are the step by step instructions:

First…buy your kit. You can find it at Hobby Lobby.

You can also buy refill screens…which means you only have to buy the kit once. So nice!

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The kit comes with:

1 Light Box, it’s the box that all the components come in…so in other words, keep the packaging!

1 Light bulb socket with cord…100 watt bulb included

1 Black-out envelope that contains 4 light sensitive screens (1 large screen, 1 medium screen, 1 small screen, 1 test screen)

3 Paint colors (acrylic & non toxic)

1 Squeegee applicator

1 Paint brush

1 Sponge

1 Rinsing tub

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For best results work in a low light room with no direct sunlight.  This process is pretty easy if you follow the directions step by step…it is a process though so it takes some time. Print your artwork on 10lb paper or you can draw your artwork with a black permanent style marker (make sure your artwork is the size of one of the screens, you can also trim your screens to fit your artwork). You don’t need to reverse your image when you are printing it either. It transfers onto the screen just the way you need it! Pretty cool. Remove the selected screen size from the black-out envelope, peel the white backer off.

learn how to silk screen

Place your artwork face down on the tacky side of the screen (note: the screen is not super tacky, it’s just not slick like the other side). Make sure you have at least 1/2″ clearance space between the edge of your image and the edge of the screen.

learn how to silk screen

Use your squeegee to press your artwork sheet firmly to the blue screen. Your artwork MUST HAVE DIRECT CONTACT with the screen throughout the entire exposure period. I squeegeed mine right in the base of the light box so I wouldn’t have to move it.

learn how to silk screen

I placed a piece of glass (from a frame) over the paper…it’s transparent for the light to expose the image onto the screen and it’s heavy enough to help maintain contact so you end up with a crisp clear image.

learn how to silk screen

Put the top of the box over the base and turn on the light (which you screw into the lid beforehand). Expose for 25 minutes.

learn how to silk screen

After the exposure is complete you can take your screen out. You wont see the image right away. It almost looks like a discolored slight image.  Immediately soak  your screen in the rinsing tub (with tepid water) for 30 seconds. You will see your image begin to look more defined.

learn how to silk screen

Begin gently rubbing the emulsion off of the image. Rub both sides of the screen until you can see no more light blue emulsion. Be careful no to rub too hard. I found that it took more time to rub the emulsion off of the areas where the lines were more fine.

learn how to silk screen

Lay your screen on a paper towel to dry.

learn how to silk screen

After your screen is dry, tape it to your fabric. On all sides.

learn how to silk screen

Lay a bead of paint along the top of your screen and then pull it down with your squeegee. You can use multiple colors too!

learn how to silk screen

It should look like this:

learn how to silk screen

Peel it away and look at your screen printed piece of art!! Also, you can rinse the paint off of your screen and use it again and again.

learn how to silk screen

After the paint has cured for 24 hours heat set it with a household iron…no steam…on the cotton setting. Use a pressing cloth or parchment paper and apply heat for 30 seconds!

I am so excited to give this to my little sous chef! It was made just for him…and with his name on it, he will be sure to love it!

learn how to silk screen

Visit here for some great ideas on how to use your screen kit!

And there you have it.  From apparel to home decor, the possibilities are endless. Happy Screening!!

learn how to silk screen

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  1. December 12th, 2011 at 7:24 am
    Camille says:
    Stopping by from Made By You Monday!

    I LOVE this!! I've been wanting to try the printable iron on paper and I'm thinking it would work great on an apron. I made my sisters menu boards for Christmas and a personalized apron would go perfectly!
  2. December 12th, 2011 at 8:30 am
    Alison says:
    Cute Dawn! Everett is going to wear this proud:)
  3. December 12th, 2011 at 9:05 pm
    pam stratford says:
    I love the look of this - very classy!
  4. December 14th, 2011 at 1:52 pm
    Barbara says:
    How Cute!! Great idea for father's day too - for the man who has everything and loves to cook. Thanks!
  5. December 15th, 2011 at 10:40 pm
    marissa says:
    this is so cool. I'm totally jealous of your screen printing kit I'm going to have to check it out next time I'm at hobby lobby. I'd love you to add them to my What We Wore and Made Party over at http://raegunwear.blogspot.com/search/label/WWWMW
  6. January 18th, 2012 at 2:53 am
    Sabrina says:
    I love it! My son's name is Everett so obviously I think that is one awesome project! :)
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