Silk Screening On A Budget

I never thought about silk screening  on fabric because it just seemed like too much special equipment and supplies.  Then I took a half day workshop on frameless silk screen printing.  Now I’ve made a printing pad, bought silk screen paint (Plaid), and cut some stencils.

Some friends, who also took the class, and I got together to try the technique on our own.  We used homemade stencils on synthetic organza as well as commercial stencils on screening.

The homemade ones use a paper backed adhesive vinyl available in rolls that you cut your design into using an Xacto knife.  Then you peel off the paper backing, stick the vinyl to synthetic organza, and iron the whole thing between layers of something nonstick like parchment paper.  Just don’t set the iron too high like I did. Vinyl meltdown will result.

The commercial stencils have much more fine detail (my knife wielding skills are rudimentary) as you can see from the dragons below.  Both types of stencils are reusable as long as you clean them after use in water and Dawn or Simple Green.

paintstik-paint stenciled dragonsilk screened dragon

My efforts were uneven as I either laid down too much or too little paint.  We did mix our paint with shaving cream and had good results with that. As you can see, we got into that metallic purple fabric paint.

silk screened vinesilk screened leavessilkscreened starburstsI plan to screen more on top of what I’ve done or experiment with Paintstiks and/or Inktense pencils.

 

 

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