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DIY I How to Screen Print at Home

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I love creating. One of my favorite things to do is create simple screen printed gifts for friends and family. This is such an easy and fun gift to customize. I recently screen printed a few shirts for my husband and he wears his custom screen printed shirts with pride.

So you wanna screen print? Let me tell you about the easiest way I have learned to get the job done, and this method is super affordable. I am featuring Ms. Billie Holiday, my all time favorite African American Jazz Singer for this DIY. She was glamorous, talented and put gardenias as a hair accessory on the map. Let’s dance.

Here are the items you will need:

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Transparency film sheet (8×12″)

T shirt or  fabric of choice for printing

Image for screen print

Eyeliner pencil

Exacto knife

Screen printing ink

Sponge

Cardboard

Directions:

Layer your transparency film directly over the image you would like to screen print. I recommend using a black and white image because it will give you the best contrast to  have a better end result for your screen print. Use your eyeliner pencil to trace the image onto your transparency film. Next, lay out a piece of cardboard and tape your transparency image to the cardboard.

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Slowly and surely cut out the pieces of your image that you traced with the eyeliner pencil. This creates a cool stencil of your selected image.  Next, lay your shirt or fabric flat and place something flat between the fabric to create a smooth surface for your screen print.

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Layer screen printing ink onto a sponge. I like to cut my sponge into a 1 x 2 piece, and blot the screen print ink over the cut out portion of your image stencil (go slowly). Once you are satisfied with your image, gently lift the screen print stencil. Now you should have a lovely screen printed image. The final step is to preheat your oven to 350 degrees, once your oven is ready, place your screen printed T-shirt or fabric in the oven and bake for 1-2 minutes to set the design. This allows for the image to be washable.

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Comment below, what would you put on your screen print?

Watch the video below for more details.

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