Taking an idea from your mind and printing it onto a t-shirt might seem intimidating and expensive, but it is simpler than it appears. In addition, it is possible to set up an economical printing area in your home with a minimum amount of materials. The basic concept behind screen printing is similar to using a stencil. Create your first image starting with something simple without a lot of thin lines. The real purpose is to block the light. Print your design onto transparency paper using a laser printer. In a totally dark room, coat the screen in emulsion using your squeegee.

You want a thin, even layer that covers the entire screen. At this point, it is time to expose the image to light. Tape the transparency down and move your light to about one or two feet above the screen. Wait for about 15 to 30 minutes and then carefully pull up the transparency. Rinse your screen with cold water until you can see all the way through your image. Place a t-shirt on a flat surface and put the cardboard inside of the shirt. Pour a small amount of ink on the top of the screen and smooth down using your squeegee. Make sure to cure the ink with a heat source to ensure that it will not wash off. For more details, look at the infographic below.

Screen Printing Instructions Infographic

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