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Screen Printing Kits Fabric 


This Kit for Fabric has everything you'll need to create your design onto a screen printing frame so you can print it onto t-shirts or other fabric items. The kit contains an oversized A4 screen printing frame, squeegee, palette knife (to mix colours), brush (for applying paint), Screen drawing fluid and Screen block out, plus five different colours of fabric paint. 


WITH A FABRIC SCREEN PRINTING KIT

YOU CAN SCREEN PRINT T-SHIRTS AT HOME  

you can make your custom t-shirts, fabric totes or home furnishings with screen printing. It is easy to do and requires few supplies! You need a space, an easily accessible surface


FABRIC CHOICES

Choice of fabrics: Best results are obtained from absorbent materials such as 100% cotton; avoid waterproof fabrics as they tend to inhibit penetration of the paints thus affecting washability. Wool, in general, should be avoided unless thoroughly cleaned as the wool grease (lanolin) can repel water-based colours. Fabrics containing starch, size, fillers, softeners or creaseproof treatments should be washed before printing/painting. Waterproofing treatments included in these fabrics may prevent proper paint absorption and will result in mottling, poor colour adhesion or patchy printing and may not remain wash proof.

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STEP 1

PREPARE YOUR ARTWORK


Choose a photocopy or drawing of something you would like to replicate.

* If this is your first time, try a simple design and get used to the tools before making more complicated ones. 

* Leave space above and below your design for the ink to be placed on the screen when printing.

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STEP 2:

PREPARING YOUR SILKSCREEN FRAME


Make sure your silkscreen frame is clean and dry. 

Place the frame on a flat surface propped 1cm above your design so it does not smudge; make sure the frame is level  *In this example, we have used food clips to support the frame above the artwork. 

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STEP 3:

APPLYING THE DRAWING FLUID WITH THE NIB 


Now you can start tracing your design. Use the drawing fluid supplied with the bottle to trace the finer lines of your design.

 

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It's best not to apply it too thickly since this will cause it to dry slower and make washing it out more difficult.

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STEP 4:

APPLYING THE DRAWING FLUID WITH A BRUSH  


Another way of applying drawing fluid is with a brush.

Tip: rest your wrist on the edge of the frame to avoid smudging your artwork. 

Once you are finished with your design, allow it to dry for a few hours or leave it overnight. Drawing Fluid dries slightly tacky to the touch. Test it by touching it gently with your finger; if no liquid sticks, then it's dry enough!

*You can also use a hairdryer to speed up the drying time; keep in mind that to use the cool low setting to make sure not to damage the screen.

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STEP 5:

APPLYING THE BLOCK OUT 


Protect your workspace by placing a drop cloth down on your workspace. Place the silkscreen frame facing downward. Make sure that your screen printing squeegee is ready before this step; you need to be quick! With Block Out Medium, pour it on where the tape ends at one end of your screen. The Derivan Block Out is very fluid, so you need to ensure that your surface is level before commencing. 


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STEP 6:

SQUEEGEE THE BLOCK OUT SILKSCREEN FRAME 


After applying the Block out, use the silkscreen squeegee to pull it down. 

It is best to gently glide the squeegee down the screen, holding it at a 40-degree angle. 

Try not to push the medium through the screen once you start the pass, don't stop.

Use a brush to touch up any exposed areas on the silkscreen frame after you have used the squeegee.

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STEP 7:

USE A BRUSH TO TOUCH UP  


USE A BRUSH TO TOUCH UP 
If you missed a spot on the silkscreen, use your paintbrush to touch up those areas after using the squeegee.  


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STEP 8:

LEAVE BLOCK OUT TO DRY


Wait at least 72 hours before rinsing the screen with water. The curing process is essential to the product's effectiveness.

Drying will depend on the humidity and weather. 


TIP: Even though it looks like it may not be fully dry, it depends on the thickness of the application, so leave for the entire curing time. 

DON'T: You must not force drying with a hairdryer


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 STEP 9:

test the Block out for curing 


Before rinsing out the Drawing Fluid, TEST a small section of the Blockout medium on the edge of the silkscreen.  Dip your finger in water and rub around a small area to see if the Block out is reactivating.

If the block-out is lifting, allow extra drying time for the screen to dry and test again I f the Block out doesn't reactivate, move on to Step 10

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STEP 10:

RINSE THE DRAWING FLUID OUT OF THE SCREEN PRINTING FRAME 



Once the screen is dry, you can rinse out Drawing Fluid gently. Place your screen over a sink to allow the rinsed drawing fluid to drip through. Wet the screen and gently rub with your fingertips in circular motions around the edges of the Drawing fluid.

Troubleshooting: 
Problem: Block out washed away, leaving design altered. This typically happens if you don't allow enough time (72 hours) for the Block out to completely dry.

SOLUTION: You can, however, salvage your design by applying touch-ups with a brush and Block out medium. After applying the touch-ups, leave it to dry fully.    *Allow at least another 48 hours for it to dry before you use your screen. 

SCREEN PRINTING ON FABRIC 

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TIME TO PRINT:


Place your printing ink on the frame, at the top of the screen, approximately 2cm wide.

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Hold the squeegee at a 45-degree angle and drag it down.
Make sure the screen is secured firmly in place to not shift. 

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Slowly lift the screen off the fabric. 

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Dont forget to heat set your fabric before you wash. 


Silk screening is an economical and fast way to create custom t-shirts, cards, and other items. 

Want to learn   more  about silk screening covered  is in our Silk Screen Printing Techniques Page 


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