-contact paper (shelf liner)
-12xx silk screen fabric (you can get this online or at an art store)
-screen printing inks (also at the art store)
-plastic spoon or tongue depressor
1) Cut a frame out of a piece of foam core. You can make this any size, just be sure that your squeegee can fit. Staple screen printing fabric so it is really tight. This takes some fiddling and pulling but it isn't hard to do.
2) Have your child draw a really simple image onto the paper side of the contact paper. You cut it out with a craft knife.
3) Peel the paper backing off the contact paper and carefully stick it to the underside of the screen (that would be the flat side facing the table) positioning it so it is centered in the window. Smooth out any bubbles and be sure that it is flat against the screen , especially by the design cuts. This will keep the ink where it is supposed to be.
On the inking side (the side with the foamcore frame on top) tape the window with masking tape so no ink can escape out the sides.
4) Now you are ready to print. Gather t-shirts, blank cards, paper and whatever you want to print onto. You can make about 20 prints before the contact paper wants to start peeling away. If you are using t-shirts, put a piece of cardboard or paper between the layers because the ink will bleed through.
5) Put a couple spoonfuls of ink on one side of the image and then pull the ink across the screen with the squeegee. Be sure that the ink went into all the design spaces. You can pull the ink across a couple times, but don't do it too many times or the image will look a little blurry, not crisp.
You can see here that the ink hasn't filled all the design space, so she will have to pull more ink across.
6) Lift the screen off the print and hang print to dry. Repeat process over and over again. Make stationary, posters, napkins, placemats, shirts, flags, etc. When done with image (really done, as you will be throwing it away with this method), remove from the screen, wash the ink off the screen thoroughly and save for another image another time. We used the same frame and screen for Harry's design after Ava was finished.
Here are some cards the kids made.
and some t-shirts, too!
Note: I have posted more about silk screening so if you're interested, check out October 5th post.