Did you know you can silk screen more than tee shirts?
Screen printingis not a new process. For hundreds of years, people have been using mesh and wire screens to create designs on fabric.
After a visit to the crafts store for some ink, you can even tackle silkscreen printing at home.
Even making a screen at home is relatively simple. All you need is some wire mesh and four pieces of wood to make the frame.
Grab a piece of paper and poke holes to create the design.
Place the paper over the screen and place the frame on the shirt. Pour the ink or dye into the frame and watch your design appear on the fabric.
Now, you’ve mastered the art of silkscreen printing.
Ideas on Selecting Materials
Did you know you can use screen printing on more than just fabrics? Along with t-shirts and sweatshirts, you can also print designs on backpacks and jackets.
Want to dress up your old kitchen apron? Create a design and silk screen it onto your apron.
Even balloons are suitable for silk screening. A quick tip is to add the design before inflating the balloons. Trying to hold both the balloon and screen steady while pouring the dye is almost impossible.
What about creating a custom flag? You can easily use the screen and dye to create custom flags suitable for any occasion.
You can even use silk screening on binders and folders. Stay organized and have unique school and office supplies that make you stand out.
What About Advertising
Are you running a small business? If so, you are probably working with a small advertising budget.
You want to spend the limited funds on marketing strategies that boost your brand.
Unique signs and displays are an effective way of advertising your business and helping your shop look great.
Silkscreen printing on banners and posters is not only cost-effective but the unique designs can grab consumers’ attention.
You can use the banners to advertise your grand opening or an upcoming sale.
Try placing designs on displays that compliment the products. Don’t be surprised if you see an uptick in sales.
What About Decorating
Have you ever noticed ornate screens as decorative focal points in homes and even in hotels?
Most of these are created using silk screening.
Not only are the screens decorative but they are also functional. You can use the screens to create a semi-private dressing area or another room in a space.
The decorating options are almost endless.
Finding a Reputable Printer
You can construct a wood frame and easily find a mesh screen. Craft and hobby shops almost always carry the necessary inks and dyes.
The hard part is creating the design. Poking holes in the paper or plastic sheet is a time-consuming process, even when you are following a stencil. Your best option is to find your project off to the professionals. They can print your design on almost any surface. The cost is also surprisingly affordable.