How to make... screen printed fabric
Fabric Scalpel Cutting mat Printed template Silk screen and squeegee ( try looking on eBay for these) Textile fabric ink in three colours 50mm wide masking tape Weights/ clamps Hairdryer
What could be more satisfying than screen printing your own fabric? These fluorescent florals, created using coloured separation, are a guaranteed focal point for bold springtime decorations.
01 Download the template from www. molliemakes. com/ downloads and trace each lettered set onto plain paper. Label A, B and C.
02 Using your scalpel and cutting mat, cut out all the marked areas. These will become the stencils, each sheet and letter representing one colour in the design. This is known as a coloured separation. Some stencils will be loose pieces; they’ll need to be carefully placed on your fabric when ready to print.
03 Iron your fabric and cut to size, leaving a 2cm seam allowance.
04 Place template A onto the centre of your fabric. Turn your silk screen face down onto the fabric and over your template ( mesh side up – so it is not touching the fabric). Use masking tape to tape
off your screen, flip it over so that the mesh is face down and resting on the paper stencil on your fabric.
05 Weigh down your screen with weights or clamps. Choose your first colour of ink ( A) and dollop a dessert spoonful along the top edge of your screen. Dunk your squeegee it into the ink, tilt to a 45 degree angle and push down whilst pulling towards you and the bottom of the frame. When you reach the bottom, scoop up the remaining ink, take it back to the top and repeat the process again.
06 Set aside your squeegee and lift up the screen, letting the paper stencil lift off with it to reveal the first layer. Wash the screen with cold water and washing up liquid.
07 Dry your screen print with a hairdryer and repeat the process for colours B and C. Once your completed screen print is dry, iron on the reverse to heat set. Ta- da! Now your freshly printed fabric is ready to be made into a cushion, or how about stretch canvas frame?
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