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
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
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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