Winter is Coming! 0

Winter is coming, and that means less direct sunlight to expose your EZScreen™ stencils. But that doesn't mean you should put your project on hold!

There are other options for exposing your screen print stencils. And while we don't recommend using an artificial light source that may be laying around your house, we do offer two light kits on our website. They have been tested extensively with our stencils, and both lights will come with full exposure instructions.

Here are our recommendations when deciding which artificial light to choose from:

1 - Speedball Light Kit

The Speedball light kit is inexpensive and we stock the photoflood replacement bulb. Exposure is just 7 minutes with this light, and the bulb lasts around 3 hours. It may not seem to last a long time, but you can burn around 20 stencils on average. We recommend using this kit if an artificial light is just a temporary option when direct sunlight is not available.

2 - EZScreen™ Exposure Light Table

This double tube fluorescent light kit takes 20 minutes to expose Standard stencils and 40 minutes to expose HiDef stencils. The 24" bulbs can last several years, and while it is more expensive than the alternative light kit, we recommend using this light if it will be your main source of burning the EZScreen™ stencils. We do not carry replacement bulbs at this time but may in the future.

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.

HiDef DIY EZScreen Stencils 0

EZScreen™ stencils can be used to silk screen on fabric, metal, plastic, wood, scrapbook, glass, polymer clay, tile, and so much  more with just sunlight and tap water!

EZScreen™ 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. EZScreen™ HiDef has a higher thread count, therefore, the green residue clings to the mesh making it a challenge to clean after exposure to light source. A soft brush should be used to clean stubborn residue. More pressure is needed when applying paint/ink. Not all paints are suitable for 160 mesh, such as ceramic, metallic or opaque paint; the pigments are too large and may not go through the silkscreen mesh. Test the paint first when using EZScreen™ HiDef.
Benefits: You can achieve superb details with EZScreen™ HiDef Screen Printing Stencils and the mesh pattern transferred from the paint is less visible than Standard stencils on hard surfaces.

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!

Introducing Blank T-Shirts! 1

We had some inventory of blank t-shirts laying around, so now we're making them available to our customers! Quantities are very limited. Choose between Gildan and Bella brand t-shirts.

View our inventory here: T-SHIRTS

Blank T-Shirts for DIY Screen Printing