Silk Screening 101, Help! How To Do It?
I Watched From Youtube A Vid That Teaches How To Silk Screen An Image To A Shirt, It Looked Simple Though It Required Me To Have A Lightbox And A Spread Of Photo Emulsion To The Silk Surface And I Thought....I Need Something Simpler. Then I Read From A Magazine To Use Parchment Paper For The Stencil Of The Image, Did That...But Was Still A No No Coz In My Observation The Paper Sort Of Have This Habit Of Curling In Which Made It Difficult To Flatten On The Screen. Then I Thought I'D Use An Acetate Film....But Then Problem With This....Its Rather Difficult To Make The Stenciling. I'D Always Have Several Band-Aids On My Fingers....I Get &Quot;Acetate Cut&Quot; All The Time. Can Anyone Teach Me A Much Simpler But Effective Way To Do This? And One More, How Do You Use Acrylic Paint? I'M More Of An Oil Painter And Have Never Really Used And Water Based Paint Except When I Had To Apply A Primer On The Canvas. Hope You Can Help Me! Thanks!

You need to take a screen printing class. Look around at craft stores.

I Have A Few Questions About Silk Screening T-Shirts?
Here They Are : 1. Can You Use A Window Screen That Can Be Purchased At A Hard Ware Store? Or Is It A Different Type , And Where Can I Find It? 2.Is A Transparency (Or Vellum) Bascially What School Teachers Use On Overheads And Projectors( And Can Be Purchased At Staples)? If Not , What Is It? 3.When You Burn Artwork Onto A Screen , What Does That Mean , And How Does It Work? 4.Emulsion , Where Can I Find It? I Dont Like Buyin Things Online , So Could You Tell Me Stores I Could Buy It From? I Know Its Sorta Alot To Ask , But If You Could Helpthat Would Be Great!! :)

1. No. You can not use window screen. You use silk or a polyester fabric that you stretch over a frame for this purpose. There are frames used specifically for this purpose that have a groove for inserting the fabric with a gasket and tool for this.

2. Any clear film can be used, including plastic used for overhead transparencies in school. I used to create my artwork on the computer and then print it on the acetate sheets. It worked rather well.

3/4. You coat the silk with the emulsion in a low light area and let it dry in the dark. Then you place the transparency, with the image in black over the dried emulsion. Expose it to light and the emulsion will "set" into the areas that are not covered by black in the transparency. Basically, it works the same way photographic film works. When exposed to the light, the emulsion hardens.

5. When the emulsion is "set" you rinse the screen and the emulsion will wash away from the parts where the transparency was black. Any pin holes or spots where the emulsion didn't set properly can be touched up with a liquid called resist. It's just another little thing that people who do this a lot use. It saves you a lot of extra work.

6. Then, when it is dry, you put your ink or paint on the top of the screen and pull it down over the paper, shirt, poster, whatever, with a rubber squeege. The ink will pass through the open areas and onto whatever you are printing. You should do several test prints before putting the design on shirts.

If you need more info, you can contact me. I actually paid a big part of my tuition in college by printing t-shirts for clubs and events on campus.

I bought most of my supplies through Pearl Paint or Friedman's in NYC. However, almost any good art supply store has the materials. Places like Michael's and A.C. Moore's should have what you need.

You might want to buy a kit to practice first. Then you can buy refill supplies and add-ons as you master the process.

Hope this at least gives you somewhere to begin. Good luck.