How to Silk Screen for Fun and Profit

If you want to learn how to silk screen, here is a step-by-step guide.

061 how to silk screen - 01 letters on acetate
Positioning your letters or images on a clear acetate sheet is the first step to creating a screen.
061 how to silk screen - 02 create photo negative
PHOTO 2:: Lay photo sensitive film emulsion side down on flat white paper, then place your acetate sheet on the film. Make sure the letters/image are reversed. PHOTO 3: After exposing the film to sunlight or a high intensity lamp, wash away those parts of the  emulsion that were covered by your letters. The pattern has been transferred to the film.
061 how to silk screen - fig a, b, c
FIG A: A silk screen printing board with pin-type hinges for easy removal of the frame. FIG B: Method of securing fabric to one side of a frame and stretching it tight to the other. FIG C: "Z" tabs made of paper enable you to position each piece you're printing in the same position under the stencil.
061 how to silk screen - 03 apply design to frame
PHOTO 4: Position photo design on screen, with letters/image reversed. PHOTO 5: Turn frame over and blot the inside of the screen to remove water and fix the stencil to the screen.
061 how to silk screen - 04 finish screen preparation
PHOTO 6: After stencil dries, peel off the acetate backing. PHOTO 7: Apply glue block-out over parts of the screen not covered by your stencil.
061 how to silk screen - 05 applying ink
Method of using a squeegee and screen to applying ink to paper.
061 how to silk screen - 07 preparing for a second pass
Positioning a flying for a second pass with a different screen and different color of ink.
061 how to silk screen - 08 putting Z-tabs in place
Taping Z-tabs in place so other flyers can be positioned for a second pass.
061 how to silk screen - 09 completed flyers
Completed versions of the Stoneware Pottery flyer.
061 how to silk screen - 6 first pass completed
A Stoneware Pottery flyer after the first pass.
061 how to silk screen - 10 cleaning a screen
PHOTO 13 & PHOTO 14: Method of cleaning away the design on a screen so the screen can be used for something else.

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