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This tutorial will show you an easy way to make colorful screen prints using only one silk screen.  Screen printing can be intimidating for starters, trying to figure out color separations and registration, but this tutorial will show you an easy way to get started.  If you can color in a coloring book, you can make a colorful series of screen prints by following these simple steps.

Please note, we did this screen print in a studio, however, you can do all of these steps at home, it might just take a little longer to get set up.  For help setting up your silkscreen using lights at home, this tutorial is great (link  We also chose to print on canvas for this tutorial. If you also choose canvas and would like to eventually stretch that over a frame, this tutorial may be worthwhile as well (link

By Clay and Matt (Batman and Robin). 
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Step 1: Step 1: Gather Materials

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What you will need:

- Brainstorm some preliminary designs. We chose the mouse and cheese design in the bottom left.

After sketching:

- A flat table or desk to work on
- A large silk screen
- Squeegee 
- Silk screen ink and paint
- Photo emulsion
- Photo emulsion coater bar
- Transparency film
- High wattage light bulb or light table
- Patience and a lot of time

Step 2: Step 2: Design on the Computer

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Take a photo or scan your sketches and mock up the design on the computer. We used photoshop to make the line drawing black and white in order to print it on transparency film. 

Step 3: Step 3: Prepare the Screen

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Coat the screen with photo emulsion in a darkroom or away from direct light. Wait for the emulsion to dry evenly. 

Step 4: Step 4: Expose the Screen

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Place the transparency film (with your design printed on it) between the light source and your screen on the light table. The emulsion that is not blocked out by the black lines of your design will harden when exposed to the bright light. Depending on how bright the light source is, this step could take from four to twenty minutes. Turn of the light when finished. 
Qdmaster2 months ago
Love the hand application of color for simplicity, we'll done, definitely motivated me to actually they my hand at screens...
water rat2 years ago
That's so cool! And not just because of the cute ratty :)
razorwinged2 years ago
hi! i just wanted to let you know that because i like this instructable so much, i have added it to my silkscreen guide...

thanks for sharing your ideas!
That's an awesome technique - the print looks so good!