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THE T E X T ILE ART IST 'S STUDIO HANDBOOK
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P RINT ING
PROJECT:
tools
2" (5.1 cm)-wide
spatula or plastic
spackle knife
Squeegee in the
appropriate size
Masking tape
Piece of cardboard
Drop cloth or tarp
instructions
1. Prep your printing area by laying a drop cloth or
tarp on a padded surface or a clean, hard surface.
This project is a good example of a time that the
one-off hinge system would work well (see Tip on
page 111).
2. Place the cardboard on the inside of the tote bag,
underneath the area you will be printing to prevent
bleeding through to the other side.
3. The print shown here uses two layers, one for
the body of the “blocks” and one for the outline.
Burn both stencils (page 118); we were able to fit
both on the same screen since the images both fit
comfortably on the screen.
4. Place the first stencil layer, the blocks, on the front
of the tote bag and line up the tote and screen so
the image prints at the desired location. With the
screen flat against the tote bag, use the knife/spat-
ula to evenly distribute a line of red ink across the
area where you will be passing the squeegee [a].
5. Place your squeegee in the line of ink so that the
bottom edge is evenly coated [B]. Be sure to use a
squeegee length that is appropriate for the image;
it should not be smaller than the width of your
image or much larger, either.
materials
Exposed screen (see
page 118) of any
desired image
Fabric ink in two
desired colors
Plain cotton tote bag
Simple Screen-
Printed Tote
Screen printing can be done on so many surfaces
and decorate countless things. We have created a
simple tote bag with a two-layer print. Check out
other methods of design on the exact same type
of bag in the Dyeing chapter. Just imagine what
happens when you combine these two methods!
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ThE T E x T ilE ArT isT 's sTudio hAndbook P rinT inG
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6. When the ink is evenly distributed on the squee-
gee, make your first pass over the image; this
is called flooding the screen [C]. The ink will be
pushed through the screen and moved to the op-
posite side of the image [d].
7. Lift the squeegee and make an additional pass
over the image, pulling the majority of the ink with
it. Hold the squeegee at a 45 degree angle to the
screen with one or two hands (depending on the
size of the image) and pull the squeegee toward
you, applying even steady pressure and maintain-
ing the angle.
8. Remove the excess ink from the screen and
squeegee with the plastic knife and put it back in
the ink container.
9. Lift the screen, separating it from the tote bag.
Voila! You have completed the first layer [E].
10. For the second layer, or black outline shown here,
wait at least 30 minutes for the ink to dry. While
you’re waiting, clean the screen with a normal
pressure hose, removing all signs of the first color
ink. Your screen must be dry before starting the
second layer.
11. Repeat the same steps to print the second layer;
however, before you flood the screen, make sure
the layers are registered as desired and the sec-
ond layer is where it belongs [F, G, H, I, J, K].
12. After you print the second layer, you can easily
heat-set the tote bag using a cotton rag and hot
iron. When the ink is dry, place a cotton rag over
the image. Heat an iron to the cotton setting and
iron over the cotton rag for a minute or two. This
will heat-set the ink, helping it adhere to the fabric
so that the image does not wash off.
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