Yesterday I shared with you my new love ...
the ScreenIt printing machine ... by Tulip.
You can link ... HERE ... to view my first ... out-of-the-box project.
But tee shirts are not the only thing ScreenIt can print.
Painting these Holiday Napkins was my next ScreenIt project.
In my last post I briefly covered turning your black and white art into a
reuseable screen. One minor drawback with the ScreenIt is the
pre-emulsified screens are $20 each.
Since I only needed short words for my napkins ... I put as many words
as would fit on one sheet ... burned them onto a screen ... then cut them apart.
You can see now why this method would be a bit pricey if you only wanted one print ...
but for multiple prints ... well worth it!
The ScreenIt directions suggest you use the included foam base to secure your fabric
before painting. I did this with the tee shirts ... and ... as they suggested ...
painted one tee ... and ... washed out my screen after each print.
Though you do need to put cardboard or wax paper inside a tee shirt before you print ... to
prevent seepage ... after trial and error ... I found my "tape-down" method
much quicker and easier.
I measured out where I wanted the screen to sit ...
... and used tape on the counter to act as a guide.
I repeated this 3 times ... and taped down 3 more napkins to the counter.
I tried to make sure the napkins were fairly taut.
Prepared the squeegie ... okay ... not rocket science ... just take it out of the box.
Picked out the Soft Tulip Fabric Paint ... in this case ... tan.
(By the by ... you can use different types of paint ... however ... some seep through more than others)
Dropped a few beads of color above my word ... and ...
... used my squeegie to pull the paint down ...
carefully lifted my screen off ... and carefully taped it down on the next napkin.
That's it. Easy Peasy.
By laying out my napkins (or even tee shirts) across my counter ... all taped and ready ...
I could quickly squeegie one and move on to the next. I decided to only do 3 at a time ...
just to be safe.
After the third ... I took my screen and squeegie to the sink and washed them.
This is an important step. As the paint begins to dry ... it can clog the openings in your
screen and your print will not be as clean and crisp.
You can experiment to see how many prints you can do before you need to wash the screen.
Each napkin turned out perfectly ... even ... crisp ... and clear.
Have I mentioned I love this machine? Well ... I do ... and I've been busy ..........
Here's the ScreenIt web site again ...
Now I've shared ... but if you don't have a ScreenIt ... guess what ... you're in luck.
I just happen to have all these lovelies in my Etsy Shop.
There's free shipping on all napkins and ... for my readers ... enter the code
when you order ... and save another 10%.
(I know ... I know ... shameless plug)
Okay class dismissed!
If you have any questions ... please leave a comment and I'll drop ya a line.