Silk screening is a complex and artistic process.

Silk Screen Printing Procedures

Silk-screen printing is a very well-liked choice for team and organization apparel–groups that are looking for a consistent look that expresses their own personal method.

Silk screening is just transferring a design or text onto fabric–often in the form of a T-shirt, tote bag or cap. Silk screening gets its name from the fact silk was originally used to create the screen, but now you will almost always find polyester at your local screen printing shop. Follow the steps below to learn how a screen-printer is put to work.

Prepping the Screen

Prepare the screen by use water and bleach to clean it. This will ensure no ink colors from a previous project resolve interfere with your newest creation. After the water and bleach have been applied to both sides of the screen, it should be rinsed with spotless water and allowed to air dry.

Silk-screen need to be rinsed and prepped.

In-Depth Art

printing-procedures-02Using a squeegee to penetrate the design.

Affect the artwork or text to the silk-screen. This can be used by making a “film positive” (the opposite of a standard negative) or drawing your design directly onto the silk-screen itself.

Position your shirt inside of the silk-screen frame until it is stretched very tightly on every four sides. The front is called the “well” and this is where the ink goes.

The Process

printing-procedures-03Enjoy your last result.

Pour the ink into the well after your shirt is secured.

Use a sponge, squeegee or other tool to press the ink through the polyester (or silk at additional authentic, old-fashioned operations) plus onto the T-shirt. Lay your shirt on a table or specially designated flat surface and set the back side of the silk screen against the shirt when pulling the ink down.

Allow your shirt time to air dry, and your last result will be a creation you’ll be proud of.

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