Search This Blog

Friday, October 24, 2014

Silk Screen Printing (Made Easy!)

 Screen printing is a technique that uses a woven material and a stencil to make a print onto a surface; paper, t-shirt, stickers, vinyl, wood, etc. It is a printing method that is very rarely used in the Elementary classroom because the silk screen itself and other materials are very costly and creating a stencil is a difficult process often requiring a blade. 

If you are an art teacher, this is great because besides styrofoam, there are few printmaking techniques that are reasonable for Elementary.  

This year I bought some embroidery hoops here embroidery hoops from Blick for only $2.59 to attempt to make my OWN kind of silk screens!! Compared to the smallest silk screen frames that start at almost $20, this is awesome! 

I bought some white chiffon fabric at $4 a yard and added them to the hoops. 
This project is a great way to learn the process of silk screen!! 
You will need some fine line precision applicators and some Speedball Screen drawing fluid.
Fineline Precision Applicators, 18 Gauge Tip

 This summer we used the Speedball fluid technique with art teachers to create silk screen prints using regular silk screen units. I just loved working with the drawing gel and screen filler, these were our results. I just needed something cheaper and more realistic for a class of 25+ 8 and 9 yr olds.

To begin, stretch your silk or chiffon fabric over the embroidery hoop and draw your design with a pencil first. Then
Then use the squeeze bottle with the drawing fluid to draw your design on the hoop. The lines print better when they aen't quite as small as the ones on this fish. big bold lines print better than tiny details.

Then you have to wait for the drawing fluid to dry completely. We waited overnight.

When the drawing fluid is dry, you paint the screen filler over the entire screen.

Let the screen filler dry completely, then run the silk screen under water and rub gently with a soft brush. The drawing liquid dissolves to create a stencil of your design!!!  

You can use Speedball Ink or a thick paint to print your stencil. I used Liquitex acrylic paint.  Use a firm straight edge such as a credit card, Styrofoam, or a real silk screen printing squeegee to spread the paint over your stencil

Lift the hoop to reveal your print!!!

You can rinse and reuse with different colors too! 

try mixing colors to teach color theory! 
Good Luck printing! I will post the results when I have done this with my classes! 
Check back on the blog next week to see pictures of all of our Dia De Los Muertos Animals!!! They are super fun, I can't wait to post them!!


  1. I do a big screen printing unit with my middle school students, but I love your ideas to adapt it for elementary students!

  2. Great tutorial! Thanks for the tips and ideas

  3. What APPROVED vendor do you order the fabric from?

  4. Fabulous! Thanks for sharing your technique.

  5. Hi Natalie,
    Your blog is so amazing, it's a treasure.
    I made a birthday card with my daugther, she's 5, for my father. This card is directly inspired from your blog...
    Thank for your work and the way you share it.
    Read you soon, it's always a great time !
    Maman Crapaud Chameau

  6. Thanks for sharing. I'm eager to try using drawing fluid and screen filler, since I''ve done silkscreening before using Mod Podge to mask off the area around the design, but it can be a bit of a confusing process for younger students.

  7. Hey I liked your post, I enjoyed a lot reading this post, and the pictures you have posted are stunning. You know my daughter is also an Aboriginal Art lover and always try something new in her paintings.

  8. Wow!! i am very impressed with your lovely post.. I am so glad to left comment on this..This has been a so interesting read, would love to read more here….
    Screen printing Utah

  9. amazing post i will be using this in my classroom next year

  10. amazing post i will be using this in my classroom next year

  11. Do you subscribe to any other websites about this? I'm struggling to find other reputable sources like yourself

    screen printed tshirts

  12. Yes i am totally agreed with this article and i just want say that this article is very nice and very informative article.I will make sure to be reading your blog more. You made a good point but I can't help but wonder, what about the other side? !!!!!!THANKS!!!!!!
    Heat transfer vinyl

  13. This is one of the cult game now, a lot of people enjoy playing them . Also you can refer to the game :
    animal jam 2 | five nights at freddys 2 | hotmail login

  14. Nice blog post. Thank you for your valuable information. Visit for More guidelines
    screen printing machine & Supplies

  15. This is very nice blog because information provided here through the article and the pictures are very effective. Because sometimes words cannot explain the things that pictures can and here the words and pictures both are expressing the things in balance.
    screen printing

  16. Awesome..!! i am very impressed with your Printing designs. Its Lovely! T-shirt Design Software

  17. Thanks for sharing and such great blogs. Waiting for more.I certainly love reading everything that is posted on your website.Keep the stories coming. I liked it! Screen printing in Calgary Alberta Logo merchandise Calgary Alberta

  18. This post was really amazing and great information are provided. This fact can be very helpful for all the people.Thanks for sharing!Promotional products Calgary Alberta
    Custom embroidery Calgary Alberta


Total Pageviews