Overview of screen printing:
- 12 june 2017
Screen printing is a method of printing, it is intimidating at first, but
it is easier now. Also, it is possible now to set up a printing area in
your home by your handmade printing. I will let you know the major steps
of screen printing below. It is the method in which ink is applied to the
surface of the material to be printed. The image to be printed is
photographically transferred to a very fine fabric or material.
It is very important to know what the screen printing services actually are. It is introduced in China first. After that, it was adapted by other Asian
countries. It was largely introduced in the 18th century. Screen printing
is actually an invention of Samuel Simon. In 1907 he received the first
patent for silk screen template in England. It is also known as “serigraphy” , which means to create an image on some kind of material as paper or fabric.
Method of screen printing:
• Frame and screen (easily available at a local art store)
• A bulb (250watt)
• Photosensitizer and emulsion
• Latex gloves
• A T-shirt (where to apply or try)
• A pitch black room
• Small piece of cardboard
• Silkscreen fabric ink
You just need to follow 6 steps which are detailed given below.
You need one of your desired images which you want for screen printing.
Start with some simple image instead of a lot of thin lines. You need a
solid black image, the reason of that its actual purpose is to block the
light. Make sure your picked images will be burnt into the emulsion in
The emulsion comes in two parts, one is the sensitizer and another one is
an emulsion. You need to mix both together according to the direction of
the bottle. Keep down your image in a bag/ garbage bag. Next, you have to
pour some emulsion mixture on the screen, and carefully smeared with a
knife. Repeat this process until the screen is painted.
The time comes to expose the screen to light, keep down the frame and
screen. Make it sure the black surface should be on the top and screen
side must be down. Tape up the transparency down with scotch tape or lay a
piece of glass over it. Screen printed services are so easy to use actually. You have to move your lamp about one to two feet above from the screen.
With 250 watt bulb, angle a lamp and leave the room. After 15 to 20 minutes, return to the room and carefully pull up the transparency. Faint blue
lines on the image are burned into the screen. Overexposure will make the
image bleed, carefully examine.
Spray your screen with cold water form a sink or shower head. You just need to continue to spray on that until you can see through clearly. Lightly hold up the screen, if it exactly looks like your transparency it’s almost
On a flat surface lay your shire, piece of cardboard inside the shirt
underneath the area you want to print. You just need to pour a bit of ink
across the top of the screen. With the help of squeegee make one smooth
movement down the screen. Lifts up the screen pull the cardboard out, you
are done. Wash the ink off and dry the fabric.
Screen printing services
are easy to use and familiar
with the up to date designs. For more information or placing an order
please make a call or visit the website.