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Home Screen Printing: How to Screen Print T-Shirts

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The Easy Way to Screen Print at Home
T-shirts on Hangers
Reggie Casagrande/The Image Bank/Getty Images
Screen printing t-shirts may sound complicated, but this easy at home screen print method is a snap. Screen printing is a great way to print lots of shirts with the same design. Follow these step-by-step instructions and you'll be printing like a pro in no time.

 

  • What you'll need
  • Embroidery hoop -Use one that is the right size for your design. They can be found at craft stores.
  • Gauzy curtain -Use a transparent curtain or a swatch of sheer fabric. Use one that has small holes for the best results.

     

  • Screen printing ink or black fabric paint -Both of these can be found at a craft store.
  • Latex paint -Look for mis-tinted paint in the discount paint aisle. (This is to fill in the negative space on the screen. I performed several experiments to determine that latex paint works best.
  • Blank paper and watercolor paints
  • A small sponge brush
  • Stencil (See our library of hundreds of printable stencils) or design of your choice.

     

  • T-shirt
  • Watercolor paint and paintbrush
Gather your supplies and let's get started.

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