Dooitu DIY | Monster Print - Marabu Textil Print
👻 Here's some monster action! Quick and easy, little monsters move onto T-shirts, pillows and many other fabrics with the help of screen printing ink for textiles. So get to work on the monsters: cut out, print, done!
🧡 How to do it:
- Before drawing, wash fabrics without fabric softener to remove any finish. Cover the work area and prepare all materials. When painting double-sided fabrics (T-shirts or pillow covers), always place a piece of cardboard between the layers of fabric so that the paint application cannot leak through.
- Transfer the pattern to the stencil material (paper) and then carefully cut it out with the cutter.
- Everything that will later be printed in color on the fabric must be cut out. For our little monster, we need to keep the eyes and eyebrow on the right side. We will place or glue them on the screen later so that no color is printed.
- Glue the cut-out stencil to the flat side of the screen with tape. Make sure the stencil is flat on the screen so that the imprint will be perfect later. It is preferable to glue the eyebrow and eyes directly onto the screen with double-sided tape.
- Place the screen on the fabric to be printed. The flat side of the screen rests on the fabric, so that the paper stencil rests directly on the fabric. Mix the screen printing ink well and apply it in a line about 1 cm wide on the top edge of the screen.
- Using the squeegee, draw the ink (first without pressure) from top to bottom on the pattern. This will flood the screen. Caution: make sure the ink is on all areas to be printed. Then pull the squeegee over the pattern from top to bottom with even pressure. This will transfer the ink onto the fabric.
- Carefully remove the screen from the fabric. If the pattern needs to be reprinted elsewhere, quickly place it in the desired position and flood the screen with ink again. If you are quick, you can print a motif several times. Usually the stencil will soften and the printed image will no longer be perfect.
- When you have finished printing, peel the stencil off the screen. Immediately clean the screen and all working materials with water and allow to dry. The screen mesh can also be cleaned on both sides with a mild detergent using a fingernail or toothbrush. It is optimal that the frame is then thoroughly blotted with a lint-free cloth to prevent the wood from warping due to moisture.
- After drying, fix the fabric in an oven (8 min. / 150 °C) or iron for 3 min. without steam. After fixing, the fabric is washable up to 40 °C.