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repeat right next to your first print, or overlay another print on the first, it’s best to dry the print first so it doesn’t smudge. Use a hairdryer if you want to be quick. Keep the screen from drying out by misting it with water until you’re ready to print again.


of the screen closest to you. 4) Ready your squeegee. Ask a friend to hold the screen whilst you place the squeegee behind the ink and push away from you. Keep the squeegee at about a 45 degree angle all the way along. 5) Now lay the screen firmly on the fabric and pull the squeegee back towards you across the screen (at a 45 degree angle again). 6) Carefully lift the screen and have a peek. Hopefully you’ll have made a print! Move the fabric away to dry. Keep printing like this until you’ve had enough. 7) If you want to print a pattern


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Cleaning up after yourself 1) Scrape up any extra ink and pop it into an airtight container for later. 2) Wash your screen and utensils up before the ink dries or it may never come out. Use warm water and washing up liquid and give everything a good scrub with a brush.


Fixing the ink on the fabric 1) Leave the prints overnight to dry. 2) Then heat set with an iron on the hottest setting the fabric will allow. Don’t use steam but do follow the ink manufacturer’s instructions. Usually prints need to be ironed for 3 to 5 minutes on each side. When fixed properly the print should withstand washing.


Removing the design from the screen 1) If you used screen filler - Mix washing soda with water to form a gloopy paste and brush it all over the screen to dissolve any screen filler. Leave it for 5 minutes or so then scrub and rinse the screen. 2) Then follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the photo emulsion remover to reclaim the screen. Some emulsions become permanent if left on the screen for more than a month.


Some UK suppliers of screen printing equipment: http://www.specialistcrafts.co.uk/ http://www.fibrecrafts.com/


Images courtesy of Tiina Teaspoon


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