Today I'm thrilled to welcome Cheryl Dewees to the blog. She's been a Silhouette-er and blogger for while and recently she shared with me an awesome Silhouette screen printing project that just blew me away. I thought who better to share a tutorial with all of you - than Cheryl so today I'm handing over the blog.
I am constantly amazed at all the uses I find for the Silhouette Cameo. One of my favorite things to do is make shirts for my friends, family, and of course myself! As I was looking around at all the possibilities, I came across a screen printing technique using adhesive vinyl and had to give it a try.
If you have a Silhouette Cameo and adhesive vinyl you are already well on your way to having everything you need. In addition, you will need:
- Screen Printing Paint
- Large Embroidery Hoop
- Sheer/Thin Fabric to act as the 'screen'
- Painter's Tape
- Flexible Instrument for Scraping (small squeegee, credit card, etc.)
- Screen Printing Paint - I bought the Speedball Screen Printing brand.
- Embroidery Hoop - I bought one large enough to cover the entire front of a t-shirt.
- Sheer/Thin Fabric for 'Screen' - I used a section of an old sheer curtain panel.
- Flexible Instrument: I used an old Starbucks gift card instead of a screen printing squeegee.
Secure the thin fabric in the embroidery hoop. Pull it tight so that there are no wrinkles.
Trim the excess from around the hoop.
Flip the hoop and material over so that the thin sheet is laying flat on the surface (not raised up by the hoop).
Using transfer paper, transfer the stencil to the material inside the hoop. I found this the most difficult part of the process.
I really had to work to make the vinyl stick to the fabric and peel off the transfer paper. I would suggest using a piece of transfer paper that has been used a couple times already so it is less sticky.
Tape around the outside border of the vinyl with painter's tape. This is to protect your material underneath from getting paint on it. You can cover all the exposed material outside of your vinyl or just create a large border like I did.
Dab a little paint around your stencil. And I mean A LITTLE! The paint is very thick and concentrated. A little goes a very long way.
Once the paint is dry, iron over the screen print with a hot iron. This sets the paint and will keep it from washing out.Note: This post may contain affiliate links. By clicking on them and purchasing products through my links, I receive a small commission. That's what helps fund Silhouette School so I can keep buying new Silhouette-related products to show you how to get the most out of your machine!
I love the vintage-y feel of the screen printing. It doesn't have to be perfect. In fact, I like it better when it's not. Next on my agenda is experimenting with adding one or more colors when screen printing.
Thanks for coming to class today at Silhouette School. If you like what you see, I'd love for you to pin it!