HOW TO SCREEN PRINT T-SHIRTS

Makes creating your hand-drawn prints a breeze.

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HOW TO SCREEN PRINT T-SHIRTS

WITH DERIVAN SCREEN PRINTING STENCIL SYSTEM.

Makes creating your hand-drawn prints a breeze.


Have you got a design that you would like to do in multiples? Maybe you want to print your soccer teams t-shirts. It is expensive to get a print company to get small runs of 20 T-shirts done. So why not make them at home. Maybe you have a hand-painted design that you want to print on to T-shirts to sell online? This straightforward process is ideal for all ages, perfect for the art studio, classroom or dining table.

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EASY Tips to print t-shirts at home

There is nothing quite like making something from scratch and hand printing your own tshirt designs is a breeze with our breaking the bank.

The New water-based Derivan Drawing fluid and Screen PrintingStencil makes turning your hand drawn designs into a screen print into a breeze. Once you start you’t be able to stop printing

You will need

Derivan Drawing Fluid 250ml

Derivan Screen Block Out 135ml

1 X Silk Screen

1 X Squeegee

1 X Colour of your choice 250ml Derivan Screen Ink

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Using the drawing fluid and screen filler is such an easy ways to print your design onto a t-shirt, and it's likely that once you have finished your printed shirt, it won't be the only thing that you'll want to put your design on 

There is nothing quite like making something from scratch, whether it be for yourself or a gift for someone else or even for your own business. DIY screen printing is something that most people find easy to do, without breaking the bank and leaves you with the satisfaction that you've made something that is beautiful as well as useful. First thing you'll need before you start is a design that you like and want to use. It's a good idea to either draw something up yourself or ask a friend to sketch a design. With this lotus design note how we scaled it, so it fits inside our screen and leaving room to place the screen ink when printing on to the t-shirt

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What's great about this unique way of screen printing?

  • NO NEED FOR PHOTO EMULSION

  • No need for transparencies 

  • No need for a lamp for heating

  • Water-Based

  • Non-Toxic

  • Ideal for detail

  • Easy Application 

What materials will you need to print your T-shirt Design?

  • Silkscreen 25 x 37cm 200 mesh

  • Squeegee 21sm wide

  • Derivan Screen Cleaner 250ml

  • Derivan Screen Drawing Fluid 135ml

  • Derivan Screen Block Out 250ml

You will also need... 

  • A print out of your design

  • additional Silkscreens

  •  extra Fabric Silkscreen Ink colours

  • Blank T-shirt

  • Blank scrap of fabric

  • Iron

STEP 1.


Draw your design

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STEP 2.


Use the drawing fluid to trace the image using a brush, or for thinner lines use the nib. * Leave to Dry (approx. 1 hour) - Once done leave to dry thoroughly.

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STEP 3.


Apply Block out with a squeegee leave to dry overnight.

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STEP 4.


When the block out medium is dry remove the drawing fluid with cold water – leave to dry before printing. Over night is recommended.

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STEP 5.


Wow you are now ready to print – Do a test print first so you can check your design, Once your are happy with the design you can change colours by rinsing the screen. Note if you do this, it is a good idea to leave it to dry before printing again.

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REMOVING YOUR DESIGN OFF

THE SILK SCREEN

Derivan Screen Cleaner

Instructions

Apply screen clean with a wet sponge and cover both sides of the screen and soap up both sides. You will notice the Derivan Block Out will start to break down.

Put a wet cloth over the screen and Wait for 3 – to 5 mins to let it soak. After soaking, get an old toothbrush and start working away at the screen. Using a circular motion work away at the block out in the mesh, turn over the screen and work on both sides until the block out has been removed.

*Note the longer you leave the block out on the screen (more than five days)  the harder it becomes to remove

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SCREEN INK


Once you have finished creating your design on your silkscreen, you are ready to print. You will need some screen ink.  Derivan Screen Ink comes in easy to use 250ml and 1L sizes. With a palette of 28 colours ready for your T-shirt design. You can colour mix with these inks, so the colour choices are endlessSilk Screens

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MESH SIZE: 

Generally speaking, the best mesh size for fabric printing is 10T to 25T (monofilament). Different mesh sizes are used for various applications in the screen printing process. Mesh size is measured by how many threads of mesh there are crossing per square inch. The higher the mesh count, the finer the threads and holes are in the screen. A coarser mesh screen is more suitable for fabric than for paper, as more ink is required because cloth tends to be more absorbent.

FABRIC CHOICES

Choice of fabrics: Best results are obtained from absorbent materials such as 100% cotton; avoid waterproof fabrics as they tend to inhibit penetration of the paints thus affect- ing washability. Wool, in general, should be avoided unless thoroughly cleaned as the wool grease (lanolin) can repel water-based colours. Fabrics containing starch, size, fillers, softeners or creaseproof treatments should be washed before printing/painting. Waterproofing treatments included in these fabrics may prevent proper paint absorption and will result in mottling, poor colour adhesion or patchy printing and may not remain wash proof.