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 Machine6
- Remove, unpack and assemble all contents.
- After you have installed the White Light Bulbs into the Light Box, please move on to the next step.
Step 2: Select your design
- 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.)
- 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!
- Have your Aleene’s Repositionable Tacky Spray on hand.
- Have your Timer ready to use.
- Prepare your Sink.
- Fill your Plastic Tub with water and set it near your machine.
- Install the yellow light bulb included in kit into a lamp and turn on.
- 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
NOTE: You should now be in your dark room!
- Spray the machine Base with Tacky Spray.
- Take out one Screen from the black, light-proof bag, and reseal the bag.
- 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.
- Spray the design side of your paper with Tacky Spray.
- Flatten the design face down onto Screen and use the Squeegee to smooth out all wrinkles.
- Set the timer for 8 minutes and turn on the machine.
- 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
- Carefully lift the Light Box and rotate it a full 180 degrees.
- Set the timer for another 8 minutes and turn the machine back on.
- When the timer goes off, turn off the machine and move to the next step.
Step 6: Soak the screen
NOTE: Your screen should have been burned for a total of 16 minutes (8 minutes + rotate + 8 minutes)
- Remove the Light Box.
- Peel away the paper design from the screen.
- Peel the Screen away from the base and submerge in water.
- Set the timer and let the Screen soak in a few inches of water for 10 minutes.
- When the timer goes off, move on to the next step.
Step 7: Scrub the screen
- Remove the Screen after soaking, place it on the Base, and move to the Sink.
- Under running water, use only the SOFT SIDE of your Sponge to dislodge the unexposed emulsion.
- You must scrub BOTH SIDES of the Screen (flip the Screen frequently to allow the dislodged emulsion to rinse away).
- Hold your Screen up to the light to make sure that the design area on the Screen is completely clear, revealing your design.
- 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
- If screen printing a shirt, slide the Base inside to prevent paint from bleeding through.
- Spray the fabric or surface that will be painted with Tacky Spray.
- Set the Screen on the shirt and press it in place with the Squeegee.
- Place the Frame over the four corner posts of the Base and press in place to Secure the screen to the surface.
- Squeeze a generous line of paint along the top of the Screen.
- Use one hand to hold the Base and the other to firmly drag the paint down across the design with the Squeegee.
- Set the Squeegee aside and peel the screen away from the surface.
- Immediately rinse the paint off the Screen to preserve it for future use. When clean, set the Screen on paper towels to dry.
- Let the paint dry on screen-printed garment/item before using.
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