You can purchase a Screen -It here ---->
-Make your design. I made my using Adobe Indesign but you can also draw your own.
-Print your design in black ink. If you are drawing your own design, draw it AS BLACK AS POSSIBLE. When I printed out mine, I reprinted it again just so it would be VERY DARK.
*Pro to the ScreenIt: You can print your image on regular 20lb copier paper. If you have ever screen printed before, you usually have to use transparency paper.
Now that you have your image ready, take your yellow light bulb and go into a dark room. A bathroom with no windows works the best since you will also need to have a tub of water.
-Next, lay your Image face down and tape it. The company's directions say to use a "tacky spray". The tacky spray doesn't come with the kit and I am way to cheap to buy it so using tape works just as well.
8 mins + rotate + 8 mins = 16 minutes total.
This will "burn" the screen which will make your design permanent.
(The first time I used my ScreenIt, I missed the "rotate" instructions and found that parts of the screen were never all the way burned.)
-Pull out your screen and soak it in water for 10 mins. If you don't have a tray, I use the 12 x 12 paper storage containers from Michael's.
***Make sure to use a sponge, paper towels do not work!
Also, it's better to buy the cheap soft sponges at the dollar store. These won't rub off the emulsion that you want to keep.
I usually place a line of paint at the top of the screen. Using your squeegee, pull the ink at a 45 degree angle down the page. Do a couple of passes.
On mine below, I sprinkled glitter onto it right after I printed it.
-Make sure to wash your screen off pretty quickly after you use it. I can usually make about 3-5 prints before I have to wash mine off. If you notice that your screen is "bleeding" ink everywhere, you need to wash it.
-I wash mine off with just water and the spray gun on my sink. I then lay it out FLAT on a paper towel and lay another paper towel on top of it. Make sure it dries flat or it will be a nightmare to work with the next time.
AHHHH! You left your ink on your screen too long and it won't come off!!!
This happened to me and I was pretty upset because these screens are pretty expensive. Well, you can use the lovely Speedball Speed Clean and it will get the ink off. You apply it with a paint brush on both sides of the screen and wait about 5 minutes. I must have not waited long enough the first time because I had to do it two times. On the second try, it came right out!
The disadvantage to the ScreenIt is that the screens cost $20 a page! And Michael's no longer sells them so you can not use a coupon! Yicks!
But you can always buy them on Amazon here -->
You can use pretty much use any kind of screen printing ink but make sure you buy the correct kind. Aka, I wanted to use it on fabric and accidentally bought paper ink. Oops! You can also buy ink here --->
If you have any questions, ask it in the comments!