Did you know it’s possible to do a number of screen printing projects from the comfort of your own home? Custom wall art, stationery, t-shirts and pillow cases are just a few of the things you could score with this mess-free art technique. We’re warning you now – once you try this DIY, it’s only a matter of time before you start printing something every day. Let’s get started!
- Pre-made screen printing frame
- Permanent vinyl
- Transfer tape
- Screen printing ink in different colours
- Craft stick
- Fabric to print on (we used natural linen)
- Cricut machine
- Cricut easypress
Step One: What’s Screen Printing? The Basics
Screen printing is the process of pushing ink through a mesh screen. You’ll need to mask off the areas where you don’t want the ink to pass – it’s a process you can easily do at home.
Step Two: Create the Design & Set it Up
Start by using a Cricut machine to print and cut out the design onto vinyl (you could do this step with scissors if you don’t have a Cricut machine handy). This piece will be used to cover the entire screen printing frame.
As soon as the vinyl is cut, remove the parts where you want the ink to pass. Apply the transfer sheet on top of the vinyl design, smooth it out using the squeegee and remove the backing paper from the vinyl.
Step Three: Prep the Mesh Frame
Turn the mesh frame so it’s facing down and apply the vinyl to the frame. Smooth any bubbles using the squeegee and remove the transfer tape, making sure the vinyl is attached perfectly and covering the entire frame.
Step Four: Lay the Fabric Out & Plan Where You Want the Print to Be
Place your piece of fabric flat on a table and add parchment paper underneath (to protect your table). Now place the mesh screen on top of the fabric and add a few scoops of ink along the top of the screen.
Step Five: Screen Printing Time
Now the real fun begins! Pull the squeegee towards yourself, covering the entire design in ink. Do this a few times, adding a bit of pressure as you do it. Now lift the screen to reveal your printed design. Congratulations, you’ve just screen printed this beautiful design!
Step Six: Drying Process
Allow the ink to air-dry for up to two days. As soon as it is dry, heat up the fabric using an iron with parchment paper on top or Cricut’s easypress, setting it to 320 degrees for 60 seconds.
Step Seven: Hang Your Canvas
The last step is to hang the beautiful canvas you just screen printed. Place the fabric face down and hot glue two wooden dowels as support. Add a string to the upper dowel and hang it to your wall.
Congrats! You’ve just created a beautiful and unique canvas.
Images Courtesy of Maca Atencio