The Screen Printing Tips and Tricks Guide

By Jeremy Thornton

Editor Fara Thornton

© Copyright Jeremy Thornton April 2018

Unless indicated, all scriptures references are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION Copyright 1973, 1978, and 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission. Printed in the USA.

Dedication All glory to God. Thanks to all supporting this mission in advance. Thanks to my wife Fara for supporting and those providing the materials and transportation. Keep being blessed through our Father and Savior, Holy Spirit and his word.

Greater Works in Our Community

How does one do the greater work only through the one Jesus who said, in the book of John that “anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. They will do greater works than these because I am going to the Father." What a great word here. We are just continuing to give a great word here and there. We reach others like the good Shepherd. Or according to most pastors “we become the good Shepherd to others.” How could one want to be like us unless our politics or political ideology resembled the Shepherd, or if we had a good word to give? Let’s consider the story of Peter walking on the water. In Matthew 14: 22-33 we learn about Jesus walking on the water. The disciples were told to go ahead of him on the lake and wait for him. So after praying, Jesus walked on water to reach the disciples. At this time as Peter was observing Jesus, he said I know I could try that. So he got onto the Lake and walked a short distance before sinking. Who are our role models that are seeking and saving the lost? Who do you look up to? Choose a few who influence you below.

Where are all the Tips and Tricks?

Most of the support we expect from others is some form of money. What about when we receive advice or correction? One is considered good the other oftentimes negative. Or is encouragement a type of advice? What about the good word of encouragement? For example we are told: “I have a tip for you.” What do we expect? Perhaps that 3$, 4$, 5$ dollar bill. What happens then? Do our eyes become big? Or what about don’t grow your corn in the winter. Or pick your strawberries starting the first week of February. And pick when ripe not after a few days. Watch out for those birds.

What about when you go to buy something used and you expect a little tip here and there on the proper operations of the equipment. For example you buy a used car to get to work. What if first thing the check engine light comes on when you get 5 miles down the road? This is always bad if the light comes on. We just need wise counsel before buying the vehicle. We are always glad about the advice to guide us to smooth operations. Consider this, what about a proverb a day to keep the doctor away? Let’s look at proverbs 25:25 and we are quoting here “like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land.” Or the other good word of encouragement here is proverbs 12:25 “anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.” What tips or tricks help you make decisions?

Let’s start with the Materials Involved in Screen Printing

1 I recommend the Diazo Photo Emulsion Kit; this comes with the photo emulsion remover. (You can get this at Michaels.)

2 Next you will need squeegee (speedball makes good quality rubber or hard plastic)

3 You will need a silk screen frame with silk screen mesh. Choose the right size frame for the project you are doing. Usually a good size for shirt would include the 13 &1/4 by 11 and 1/2 inches. Choose the correct mesh size for the project you are doing. Usually 140 high quality mesh is great. Shop with us

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1. Next you will need paint. You can choose from water based paints through speedball or buy plastisol that are much thicker online.

2. Gloves are important for putting the emulsion on the screen or painting and clean up.

3. Art work should be on transparency paper at your local staples or you can buy a package of transparencies that work with laser toner printers.

4. You need to choose light source with either a shop reflector or pie pan reflector, or I use the good old fashion sunshine. The shop reflector and pie pan reflector use a 150 watt bulb or for a faster process use the 250 watt BBA No 1 photoflood with either the shop reflector or the pie pan reflector. I have used both but I prefer sun first, second the shop reflector and third the pie pan reflector.

8 A high pressure nozzle or high pressure washer is useful to spray out the screen.

9 A brush is necessary for scrubbing out emulsion from letters or artwork when necessary.

10 And a station for spaying out emulsion from screen and paint from screen is necessary.

11 Other necessary tools or equipment needed includes computer with printer to print copies of artwork. If transferring onto transparency from your printer you need to use toner ink. So I always use the laser printer from the copy store and they transfer artwork from my copies to clear transparency.

Steps Involved in Preparing the Screen for the Sun, or Pie Pan Reflector, or Shop Reflector

1. In this step the screen is coated with the emulsion.

2. This step is done after putting Emulsion on screen. Now you cover front part of screen with construction paper to block sun from exposing your image. Use any dark color paper; I like to use black.