How to use the Tulip® ScreenIt™ All-in-1 Screen-Printing System:


Please, pay very close attention to each video

  • Alright, alright, I get it! I will watch the video and complete the steps before moving to the next page!
  • I understand that, to be successful, I need to have Aleene’s Repositionable Tacky Spray on hand!
  • I understand that the Paper-Weight is very important, and I’ll make sure I print on the right thickness of paper!

Before you begin...

Please make sure you have the following:

  • A can of Aleene’s Repositionable Tacky Spray
  • A room that can be made perfectly dark
  • A Phillips screwdriver
  • Computer printer or a permanent-marker
  • 20-Pound copy paper for your paper design
  • A lamp that can be placed within the dark room
  • A timer that can be set to 8 or 10 minutes
  • A plastic bin, cookie-sheet, or bathtub that can be filled with a few inches of water
  • A sink in which to rinse your Screen
  • A SOFT, non-abrasive sponge
  • An item on which to Screen-print (Example: T-shirt)
  • Paper towels or newspaper

Step 1: Assemble the ScreenIt Machine

  1. Remove, unpack and assemble all contents.
  2. After you have installed the White Light Bulbs into the Light Box, please move on to the next step.

Step 2: Select your design

  1. Find a black and white image on your computer and print out using the highest quality, darkest black ink settings for your printer. (Note: You may also draw your own design, just make sure to use a dark black marker when drawing.)
  2. Make sure all design lines are thicker than 1/16th of an inch and that the image is very dark.

Step 3: Prepare your work area

    NOTE: Do not attempt to burn a screen without using Aleene’s® Repositionable Tacky Spray – the process will not work without it!
  1. Have your Aleene’s Repositionable Tacky Spray on hand.
  2. Have your Timer ready to use.
  3. Prepare your Sink.
  4. Fill your Plastic Tub with water and set it near your machine.
  5. Install the yellow light bulb included in kit into a lamp and turn on.
  6. Turn off ALL other lights to make the room dark. Make sure there is no light coming through any doors or windows; the only light in the room should be coming from the yellow bulb.

Step 4: Expose the screen

Darkroom Required!
    NOTE: You should now be in your dark room!
  1. Spray the machine Base with Tacky Spray.
  2. Take out one Screen from the black, light-proof bag, and reseal the bag.
  3. Flatten the Screen onto the Base and use the Squeegee to smooth out all wrinkles. NOTE: It does not matter which side of the screen is pressed onto base.
  4. Spray the design side of your paper with Tacky Spray.
  5. Flatten the design face down onto Screen and use the Squeegee to smooth out all wrinkles.
  6. Set the timer for 8 minutes and turn on the machine.
  7. When the timer goes off, turn off the machine and go to the next step, where you will rotate the light box and burn the screen a second time.

Step 5: Rotate light box and continue burn

Darkroom Required!
  1. Carefully lift the Light Box and rotate it a full 180 degrees.
  2. Set the timer for another 8 minutes and turn the machine back on.
  3. When the timer goes off, turn off the machine and move to the next step.

Step 6: Soak the screen

Darkroom Required!
    NOTE: Your screen should have been burned for a total of 16 minutes (8 minutes + rotate + 8 minutes)
  1. Remove the Light Box.
  2. Peel away the paper design from the screen.
  3. Peel the Screen away from the base and submerge in water.
  4. Set the timer and let the Screen soak in a few inches of water for 10 minutes.
  5. When the timer goes off, move on to the next step.

Step 7: Scrub the screen

  1. Remove the Screen after soaking, place it on the Base, and move to the Sink.
  2. Under running water, use only the SOFT SIDE of your Sponge to dislodge the unexposed emulsion.
  3. You must scrub BOTH SIDES of the Screen (flip the Screen frequently to allow the dislodged emulsion to rinse away).
  4. Hold your Screen up to the light to make sure that the design area on the Screen is completely clear, revealing your design.
    Washed Screen Examples
  5. Set your Screen on a layer of paper towels and use the Squeegee to remove excess water from the Base.

Step 8: Screen print your design

  1. If screen printing a shirt, slide the Base inside to prevent paint from bleeding through.
  2. Spray the fabric or surface that will be painted with Tacky Spray.
  3. Set the Screen on the shirt and press it in place with the Squeegee.
  4. Place the Frame over the four corner posts of the Base and press in place to Secure the screen to the surface.
  5. Squeeze a generous line of paint along the top of the Screen.
  6. Use one hand to hold the Base and the other to firmly drag the paint down across the design with the Squeegee.
  7. Set the Squeegee aside and peel the screen away from the surface.
  8. Immediately rinse the paint off the Screen to preserve it for future use. When clean, set the Screen on paper towels to dry.
  9. Let the paint dry on screen-printed garment/item before using.


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