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The Crafter's Guide to Patterns
Silk-screening can seem intimidating with talk about exposures and
emulsifiers and dark rooms; it’s not the most inviting process for a newcomer
to pattern making. This method, though, couldn’t be easier. Totally
gratifying and satisfying, it’s foolproof screen printing for all.

Before you begin
Leave about 5 centimetres (2 inches) of room around your motif at each edge of the screen. This is to leave room for squeegee and ink.
If any ink dries in your screen, the screen will be ruined. Be sure to rinse out your screen gently with cool water immediately after you have finished printing to keep it clean
and unclogged.
Scrubbing your screen could cause
the screen filler to fade and become damaged. Always rinse your screen gently, and it should last a long time.
Be sure to paint your screen filler onto the recessed side of your screen – this will ensure nice, flat contact between the screen and the surface when you
start printing.
The areas that are painted with screen filler fluid will not print.
The areas that are not painted
with screen filler fluid will print.

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  • How to make a silk screens. Simple Silk Screens - Step 1
    Step 1

    Draw your motif onto the screen with a pencil or apply using transfer paper.

  • How to make a silk screens. Simple Silk Screens - Step 2
    Step 2

    Before painting the screen filler fluid onto the screen, think through which areas of your motif will be printed with ink and which areas will be negative space.

  • How to make a silk screens. Simple Silk Screens - Step 3
    Step 3

    Shake or stir your screen filler fluid. Holding
    your screen and using a paintbrush, fill in all the areas of negative space around your motif with a very thin coat of screen filler fluid. Remember: Everything you coat with screen filler will not print.

  • How to make a silk screens. Simple Silk Screens - Step 4
    Step 4

    Lay the screen flat, evenly propped around the frame so it doesn’t stick to your surface, and let this layer dry; you can speed this process by using a hairdryer or heat gun. Paint two to three thin layers of screen filler, letting each dry before applying the next.

  • How to make a silk screens. Simple Silk Screens - Step 5
    Step 5

    Hold your screen up to the light. Any areas or pinholes that were missed within the screen filler areas will print through. Fill
    in any missed areas with a thin layer of screen filler. Let the screen dry overnight
    before using.

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