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Easier Screen Printing

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Step 5: Putting the Stencil on the Screen

I don't have a picture of this, but using a piece of paper and a Sharpie, I drew in corners on the mesh so every time I put an 8 1/2 x 11 inch piece of paper on the screen, I do so in the same place. This helps when you're doing multiple colors, which I'll end up doing in the Instructable.

Now, tape the whole thing to the back of your screen. The paper stencil will be flipped HORIZONTALLY. You should be looking at the back of the paper. Text will appear backwards, etc.

Flip the screen over and rub the double stick tape on the islands onto the screen. I use a Sharpie or the handle of a pair of scissors. Whatever you have around will work, what you use isn't too important. Doing this will help the islands stay stuck to the mesh.

Flip the screen back over and very carefully, peel the scotch tape off so the islands stay stuck on the mesh. This method insures that the islands in your design are properly aligned on your stencil.

Tape your design to the screen like shown. Also, tape the front of the screen as shown. Taping the screen not only makes sure your design stays in place, but it also insures that no ink gets stuck between the wooden frame and the mesh, so it's pretty important. Don't skimp on tape, but don't be too excessive.

 
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