How to Screen Print Using the Stencil Technique

How to Screen Print Using the Stencil Technique


Today we’re going to
do screen printing using the stencil technique. We’re going to use products you
find in the Speedball Stencil Printing Kit for
our project today. First we begin by
selecting an image. Pick an image that’s very
basic and simple to cut out, tape that image down
onto a cutting surface, and then overlay the
clear film on top. And then tape that
down into place. Then simply cut the
image out with a knife. I’ve already cut one
out here that I’m going to mount to the
back of the screen frame. The film has been cut to fit
the entire edge of the frame, and I’m going to use
masking tape to mount it around all four edges. You want to be sure
to mount it in reverse so that when you flip it
over, it prints right reading. Now we’re ready to print. We’re going to be
printing on a t-shirt, but you can screen print onto a
variety of surfaces, including paper, or you can
stencil onto a wall. You just want to
make sure you select the right ink for the project. We’re using Speedball fabric
ink for this project, that comes with the stencil printing kit. We’ve taken a t-shirt
and stretched it over a board with
the board in between so that the ink doesn’t pass
through onto the other side. Take the screen and
center the image onto the area that
you’d like to print. Then, with your fabric ink,
you want to apply a bead of ink across one side. Use plenty of ink so that we’re
sure to fill the entire area. Now with the squeegee,
you want to drag that ink over your stencil. Make sure that you pass over
that stencil area three or four times, pushing the ink through
the screen and the stencil onto the t-shirt. Then just set your
t-shirt aside to dry. Using the stencil technique
is a fun and easy way to do screen printing.

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