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A sym­bol for unity, bal­ance and the uni­verse – what bet­ter mo­tif to cre­ate on your Screen Sen­sa­tion kit? El­lie Jarvis shows us how

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If you’ve ever thought there’s too much mess and ex­pense as­so­ci­ated with screen­print­ing, think again. Craft pre­sen­ter Stephanie Weight­man’s new Screen Sen­sa­tion print­ing sys­tem makes this de­tailed tech­nique more ac­ces­si­ble and stream­lined, while re­tain­ing the same smooth re­sults on a va­ri­ety of sur­faces, from card to fab­ric to wood.

Whether you choose the 12x12 unit or the 7x5 Com­pact size, your kit will in­clude a base unit, frame and squeegee to pull ink with. Screen Sen­sa­tion cus­tom de­signed screens are avail­able in lots of themes. Here, we’ve used ‘Fes­ti­val’:

1. Se­lect the mesh de­sign you would like to print and make sure ev­ery­thing you need is within easy reach.

2. You can print iso­lated ar­eas of the de­sign by ‘mask­ing off’ with paper: this will act as a bar­rier to the ink. Tape the paper to the mesh. Se­cure your cho­sen de­sign to the frame, en­sur­ing that the mesh is as flat and tight as pos­si­ble.

3. Fix your paper to the grid base so it won’t move when you print. Slide the meshed frame into po­si­tion in the hinged lid of the Screen Sen­sa­tion.

4. Add the ink to the top of the screen mesh.

5. Us­ing the squeegee pro­vided, drag the ink from top to bot­tom, across the mesh de­sign, keep­ing the pres­sure even.

6. Raise the hinged lid of the Screen Sen­sa­tion to re­veal your beau­ti­ful printed de­sign.

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