Screen Printing With a Freezer Paper Stencil: A Tutorial (this time without any dirty little secrets)
I’m back at it, arting and crafting in many directions. I’ve recovered from my vacation-is-over blues. I’m again forgoing stylish clothes (heck, even clean clothes) for art supplies and passing up on Cosmopolitan or Glamour magazine for the latest trendy how-to art-related book. I’ve delved knee deep into freezer-paper-stencil-screen-printing and must tell you how very easy it is.
Assemble a padded printing area. I just tacked down some leftover quilt batting covered with a piece of scrap muslin. I certainly could do a better job but see how simple it can be?
It reminds me of a changing table. For babies. Here it is again closer:
Next, place a large piece of freezer paper (found at Wal-mart or Hannaford) shiny side up on a cutting mat. It must be a bit larger than your screen. Draw a simple design with a Sharpie and then cut out the design, carefully following your marker lines, with a sharp exacto knife. Place your screen on the design, centering it, with the deeper side (or well) facing up, and trace around the screen with the Sharpie. Trim off the excess freezer paper following the traced line.
Place a piece of fabric on your make shift padded surface, i.e. changing table. Place your stencil on the fabric, shiny side up of course.
Here I’m screen printing the two parts to a doll’s head. It will be sewn later.
Next place your screen on the stencil, lining up the edges. The deeper side of the screen must face up.
Now, using a plastic spoon, glop on some screen printing ink at the top of the screen, above your image like so:
Using the screen printing squeegee, scrape the ink across the stencil quite a few times, applying moderate pressure. The idea is that the ink with fill the stencil openings, completely and uniformly. Each time you scrape, go all the way to the end of the screen’s well and scoop up the excess ink onto the squeegee. Bring the ink back to the top and plop it down again, getting as much off the squeegee as possible. Repeat with the scraping. You will have to do this more times than you think.
I didn’t complete enough scrapes, or enough passes, for my first image above. It’s all blotchy and incomplete. So I moved my screen to a new spot on my fabric and did a better job the second time!
And there it is! A lovely ballerina face and back of the head, if I do say so myself! Let the image dry completely and set according to ink directions. Get messy, make mistakes, and have fun!!!