The Concept of Silk Screen Printing
Have you always wanted to create your own design and so you tried silk screen printing?
But have you also realized how hard it can be on your first try? It sure looks like an intimidating and difficult process but once you get the knack of it, you will figure out that it is actually easier than it may first appears to you. That’s especially true when you find out that there is a minimum amount of materials required and you are good to go.
Basically, you need to prepare a screen and a frame which can be purchased at any local art store. You can buy them separately or if you’re lucky enough, you could stumble upon a ready-made screen and frame. Make sure to get the right ink for printing. In this case, you need to look for a silk screen fabric ink. You also need to get a squeegee, a pair of gloves for protecting your hand, photo emulsion, a cardboard that fits inside the shirt and a t-shirt.
Silk screen printing is very much alike to a stencil, only that you need to coat a screen in photo emulsion before cutting an image out using light. For first-timers, it is advised to go for a design that is simple. Save the more intricate designs for later, once you’re already prepared for them.
There are many free tutorial videos online that can walk you through the process of silk screen printing. They are excellent guides and are very helpful for anybody who is just starting to do silk screen printing on their own. And while it may take you some time to get used to it, with a little practice and patience, you sure can get through your first design and soon enough, you can correct the errors you had during your first try. You might even consider trying the technique of adding up to two or more colors and see its effects right before your eyes.
But if you don’t have the luxury of time to do silk screen printing in your home but still want your shirts to be printed that way, there is another option you can go for. There are many shops that offer silk screen printing services. You just have to choose one that is known for providing quality output. They print not only on shirts but on other objects, too such as metal, wood, paper, glass and ceramic objects. The use of silkscreen in printing is more flexible compared to other types of printing techniques and is widely used in various industries nowadays.
So if there is a need for printing designs on shirts and objects, silk screen printing is a wonderful choice. It is cheaper and yields the results you wanted. Whether it is something that you do personally, or with the help of experts, it is no doubt that this form of printing is something that is worth trying.