Screen Printing starts of by you printing out artwork in black onto vellum artwork
paper. You use colour separation software to produce multiple pieces of artwork if
you wish to print in more than one colour.
You simply choose the size of screen which
you require and follow the steps below to create your finished screen. Screens are
like a mesh stretched out onto a wooden or aluminium frame to the correct tension.
You can buy them usually ‘off the shelf’.
Screens are available in different ‘mesh counts’ depending on how detailed you artwork
is - e.g. 43T for standard designs or 90T - 120T for more intricate work (where
‘T’ stands for ‘Threads per centimetre’)
Creative Printers of London
Degrease Screen before applying Emulsion
Apply Emulsion (in subdued light)
Place artwork on top of screen and expose to light
Wash screen (to reveal the areas which will allow you to push the ink through onto
garments using a squeegee)
Dry screen thoroughly using a simple device such as a hair dryer
Apply and flood the screen with ink and print!
If using air drying inks, simply hang your garments and let them ‘air dry’ naturally.
If using ‘Plastisol inks’, use a heat device such as a Spot Dryer or a hand held
heat tool (the latter will be more time consuming when drying inks).
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How to screen print
Create artwork and ‘burn’ onto your screen
Apply ink to your screen and print
… and there you have it, a nicely printed t-shirt!