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Quality Artwork Examples 0

I will go over a few examples of proper designs and images to be used with EZScreen stencils.

1 - Black & white designs, meaning monochrome (not photography)

Black & White Design for At Home Screen Printing

The image above (by Eric Casper) unfortunately will not work to expose EZScreen stencils. Actually, it wouldn't work with any form of screen printing. Because of all the shades of gray, the exposure light or sunlight will go right through and over expose those areas of the stencil. The only color that will properly block UV light is black.

DIY Silk Screen Printing Quality Artwork

Instead, the black clipart flower image above would work great. The only colors in this image is black and white. The black parts of the design will block sunlight from exposing the stencil and will render a perfect silk screening stencil.

2 - Quality of the image (jagged edges/pixelation)

Design Quality for DIY Silk Screening

It is extremely important to have a quality printout. The design should be solid black, without any jagged edges or pixelation from enlarging. The example above will produce a quality stencil; the example below will not work.

At Home DIY Screen Printing Artwork

3 - Some detail is too much

Our stencils can hold a surprising amount of detail, but they are not meant for precision screen printing or super detailed designs, either. There should not be any pencil thin lines in the design or it may not come out well.

DIY Screen Printing Stencils Artwork Detail

The image above would work great with EZScreen stencils. It is detailed, but the details are clear and visible.

DIY At Home Screen Printing Kits

This design unfortunately will have some problem areas in creating a good stencil. Some of the lines in the boat railing is too thin, and the small squares of the windows in the buildings will not be readable. The thin squiggly lines in the mountain may also be too thin to produce a quality screen printing stencil.

These are some basic examples of what quality artwork and design should look like when making an EZScreen stencil. Please contact us or leave a comment if you have any questions.

What are EZScreen's? 0

EZScreen™ silk-screen emulsion stencils are a user-friendly product for creating custom stencils to use on fabric, t-shirts, metal, wood, paper, glass, ceramic, plastic, cardboard, tile, polymer clay... the list is endless! EZScreen™ is a unique material made from fine silkscreen mesh coated with light sensitive, water-soluble emulsion. It uses black designs printed on transparency film, sunlight, and tap water to develop.  

Take your basic silk screen, remove the metal or wooden frame, do away with all those nasty chemicals and what do you end up with? EZScreen™; a simple yet innovative product for creating custom screen printing stencils without cutting. And because it's based on the old tried and true method of screen printing and photography, it's much more versatile than plastic stencils.   

However, unlike conventional screen-printing that relies on complicated chemicals and block-out paint, our product is coated with a light-sensitive emulsion that only requires sunlight and plain tap water to develop. This allows you to create custom screenprinting stencils with amazing details, plus, no expensive equipment or toxic chemicals are required. EZScreen™ stencils are flexible and can be used on a number of surfaces, with a large variety of paints and glass etching paints.

EZScreen™ stencils are reusable. Clean with plain water, latex paint remover, paint thinner or oil based paint remover, let dry and re-use. Glass etching creams won't harm the stencils. Etch glass with the same stencil over and over again. 

Anyone can use EZScreen™ Stencils

You don't need to be a skilled artist to use EZScreen™ emulsion stencils; anyone can screen print with professional results. Use it on fabric to create your own custom t shirts – just like the t-shirt printing shops. Design funny t-shirts for friends. Amaze your family members with family reunion t-shirts. Screen print custom polo shirts for club members, personalized t-shirts for your Internet business, or for school fund raising and other types of charity organizations.   

EZScreen™ stencils are not limited to t-shirt screen printing; try our screen printing kit to start your own screen printing business. EZScreen™ stencils are ideal for screenprinting decorative dishware, personalized coffee mugs, silk screen printing ceramic tiles; practically all ceramic projects. EZScreen™ stencils are very popular with polymer clay artists and particularly suited to polymer clay jewelry.  

Create lasting memories with beautiful wedding albums, photo album covers and inserts for your baby memory books.  Build creative memories with custom scrap booking pages. Use it with your rubber stamps to add a custom touch to your paper art projects. Create unique professional looking artwork with custom silk screening designs. From t-shirt screen printing, to adding a custom design on ceramic plates, let your imagination go wild!

Need Help Getting Started? 0

These are our recommendations of what you will need to get started using EZScreen™ silk screen stencils and on your way to create your very own custom t-shirts and crafts!
 
Complete T-Shirt Starter Kits - Comes with everything you need to make five 8.5"x11" EZScreen stencils and print t-shirts, wood or other fabric projects. These kits include your choice of fabric ink sets.
 
Basic Starter Kits - Comes with everything you need to make two 8.5"x11" EZScreen stencils. We recommend the basic kits if you only need one or two colors of ink (not included) or if you are printing on a surface that requires specialty inks/paints.
 
Standard Refill Sheets - If you have several designs, Standard EZScreen™ Stencils are available in refill sheets (optional). Standard silk screen stencils are typically used for fabric such as t-shirts, sweatshirts, tote bags and other porous surfaces. Choose from 3, 5, 10 and 20 packs in our regular size screens. Mini and large stencils are also available.

HiDef Refill Sheets - If you have several designs, HiDef EZScreen™ Stencils are available in refill sheets (optional). HiDef Stencil Sheets are intended for artwork with small details, fine lines, or halftones. Typically, used for hard surfaces such as glass, plastic, and metal. Choose from 3, 5, 10 and 20 packs in our regular size screens. Mini sizes are also available.

Mini Refill Stencils - If you have small designs, Standard or HiDef EZScreen™ Mini Stencils are available in refill sheets (optional). Choose from 6, 12, 24 and 50 packs.
  
EZScreen™ Large Stencil - For larger designs we offer 11"x17" stencils (optional)

  • Large Exposure Board - Used to expose EZScreen™ 11"x17" large stencil (Required if large stencils are purchased)

Transparency Film - Used to print your high quality design/artwork. Choose from ink jet or laser/copier transparency sheets. Regular printer paper is NOT recommended. Included in all basic and complete kits, but not mini kits.

Plastic Canvas
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To support the EZScreen™ Stencil during rinsing and cleaning ink. Comes in various sizes and types. Included in all basic and complete kits, but not mini kits.
 
Cardboard insert - Used to cover EZScreen™ Stencil in exposure board unit before and after exposure to direct sunlight. Included in all starter kits except mini kits.

Squeegees - Used to apply screen printing ink onto fabric. Comes in different sizes. 9" Speedball squeegees also available (optional)
 
Plastic Frames - Helpful for multiple printing (optional)
Improve your efficiency with a plastic frame. There is no need to wash the stencil after each print. The number of prints depends on your skill level and practice. Also, helps to prevent the ink from going over the edge of the stencil and onto the shirt. Use tape (masking tape, scotch tape, etc.) to adhere the stencil to the frame. Plastic frames are available in a variety of sizes. Included in complete kits.
 
Screen Printing Inks - Speedball or Jacquard screen printing inks
Choose from Speedball and Jacquard screen printing inks. Both are ideal for EZScreen™ stencils. They are slow drying for multiple printing and washes off with water. Heat setting is required to prevent fading. Use a heat press or a dry iron set on the highest temperature. Keep the iron moving to prevent scorching. Wait one week before washing. Included in complete kits and also available in individual jars.
  
Versatex Fixer - Heat setting is not required if you mix fixer into the ink. It can be mixed with Speedball, Jacquard, or Versatex Inks. (optional)
 
Speedball Exposure Light - If you do not have direct sunlight (optional)
When direct sunlight is not available, expose/burn EZScreen™ Stencil any time, day or night, with our affordable light units.

DIY Screen Printed Wedding Coasters 6

Spring is in the air! No really, today marks the first day of Spring, which means it's wedding season!

I am recently engaged and I couldn't be any happier! Until, I realized how expensive weddings are. Yikes! Of course I want the big white wedding, but at what cost? I will definitely be cutting corners and "DIYing" any aspect of my wedding as I can, to save as much mullah as possible. So, I started with coaster designs. I have created one so far that will be screen printed onto wood coasters. The process is SUPER easy, I don't know who wouldn't DIY their wedding!

I searched online for design references. Using a WordDoc, I created my own custom wedding design and picked out a simple 4"x4" wood coaster. Blank coasters can be found at several sources, including online retailers and local craft supply stores. Once I made the stencil (Look here to see a tutorial on making an EZScreen stencil) I screen printed 10 coasters in a row using Speedball white screen printing ink and Standard EZScreen stencils.

I will also be screen printing mason jars to use as drinking glasses and also as flower vases. A "screen printed mason jar" tutorial will be coming soon!

DIY Screen Printed Wedding Coasters

St. Patrick's Day Projects 0

I created two St. Patrick's Day projects in spirit of the holiday, so I definitely will not be getting pinched this year!

The first project was a custom t-shirt. I found this great design on www.123rf.com and created a stencil. You can make it even more custom by creating your own design, and picking your own font using a Word Doc. 

After the stencil was created (click this link to view our How-To Make an EZScreen Stencil tutorial) I used white Speedball ink to screen print the t-shirt.

DIY Screen Printed Custom T-Shirt St. Patricks Day

 

My second project was a wood sign that I will use to display during my St. Patty's Day party. How cool is this calendar design? It was also found on www.123rf.com and I plan to make some other cool projects with the same design.

I purchased a wood block at Michaels, and painted it with green Speedball ink. After the ink dried and I made my EZScreen stencil, I printed it with white Speedball ink. It's really that easy!

DIY Screen Printed Wood Sign St Pattys Day