If you’re just starting off in screen printing, you’ve come to the right place. After you’ve purchased your equipment, it’s time to get started. It’s recommended that you practice before working on projects for customers. This way, if you mess anything up, you’re not under any pressure to deliver quality results to a customer while being pressed for time. Take these tips into consideration so you can become a better screen printer in no time.
For starters, make sure you have purchased the right equipment. You must have a screen that is made from the correct mesh for the jobs you plan on performing. There are different screen meshes for various colors and materials, so it’s important you start off working with the right one. If you’re planning on printing a three-color print on a white tee-shirt, you should start off with a 160 to 180 monofilament mesh. Do your research before getting your hands dirty.
Next, let’s set-up the press. The screen needs to be placed onto a press for proper printing. In addition, it must be squared to the shirt board. Basically, the tee shirt must be placed underneath the frame. If you’re confused with setting up the press, look up some images or YouTube videos to help you understand this better. Setting up the press must be done correctly if you want to properly print a design onto articles of clothing.
There are several concepts you need to know when it comes to ink. For starters, ready-to-use ink is not really ready-to-use. Be sure to stir up the ink and mix in additives to make the ink more workable. Also, it’s important to understand how to print designs with multiple colors. You must print in a sequence of light colors first followed by darker colors. You should also start with smaller areas and move to the larger areas last. This will help you print better designs overall.