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Screen Sensation Fashion



Hels Sheridan teaches you how you can use your Screen Sensation to make unique fashion items in minutes.

  • Home Crafts
  • 1-2 hours
  • Beginner

You Will Need:

  • Unicorns Screen
  • Roll Me in Fairydust Screen
  • Nature Pattern Stamps
  • White Ink
  • Black Ink
  • Red Ink
  • Key Lime Ink
  • Warm Yellow Ink

Hels Sheridan teaches you how you can use your Screen Sensation to make unique fashion items in minutes.


    Doubling Up – Multi printed screens

  • 1. Fold your t-shirt so the area to print is uppermost and place this onto the base of the Screen Sensation unit ensuring the neck and sleeves are hanging out of the open end of the base unit; smooth out any crinkles in the fabric.

  • 2. Tape your chosen screen to the frame and slide into the lid of the Screen Sensation unit. Close the lid and you will see this clamps the t-shirt into place.

  • 3. Apply a line of black ink along the top of the screen, just above the area that will print. Don’t be afraid to be generous with the ink; it will ensure your print is perfect and also, the majority of the ink will go back into the pot as only a small amount of ink is ever printed.

  • 4. Holding your large squeegee at an angle of 45 degrees and with your fingers spread out along the squeegee and pull the ink across the screen in one swift movement.

  • 5. Lift the lid and see your print! Now pop the t-shirt to one side whilst the ink dries and wash your screen with cold water.

  • 6. Once your first print is dry, place your t-shirt back onto the base of the Screen Sensation unit and position so your second print will sit under the first.

  • 7. Repeat the first 4 steps and print your unicorn.

  • 8. Set your t-shirt to one side to allow the ink to dry and clean your screen with cold water.

  • 9. Once your print is dry, turn the t-shirt inside out and iron the prints on the hottest setting for your fabric for two minutes. This will make the ink set so you can now wash your t-shirt in a washing machine on a 40degree setting.


    Colouring Up – Using multiple colours of ink

  • 1. Colouring Up – Using multiple colours of ink

  • 2. Once your lid is closed and screen in place, take a wooden mixing stick and blob red ink randomly onto the screen.

  • 3. Now use a mixing stick to add blobs of green ink onto the screen.

  • 4. By adding blobs of yellow ink to the screen, you are now almost ready to make your first marbled ink print: just use your mixing stick to gently run though the inks to drag them together, without mixing them up too much.

  • 5. Holding your squeegee at an angle of 45degrees, fingers spread evenly across the squeegee, pull the ink over the screen in a swift movement.

  • 6. Lift the lid and you will see a beautiful marbled multicoloured print.

  • 7. Set the t-shirt to one side for the ink to dry – this usually takes around 30 minutes. In the meantime, clean your screen with cold water or pop another item in to the base unit and use the ink on your squeegee to make more gorgeous prints.

  • 8. Once your t-shirt is nice and dry, turn it inside out and iron over the printed area for 2 minutes on the hottest setting for the fabric.


    Vested Interest – Stamping onto fabric using Screen Sensation Inks

    As the Screen Sensation inks are machine washable once heat set, using them with stamps is a grand way to upcycle or personalise clothing. For this project, I used the Screen Sensation floral stamps, white ink and the Stamping Adapter Plate which fits onto your Screen Sensation frame and turns the unit into a huge Load and Fold system.

  • 1. Tape the Adapter Plate to the frame.

  • 2. Place your vest/item to be printed onto the base unit so the neck/sleeves are hanging out of the open end.

  • 3. Place your stamp, face down, where you want it to print and close the lid. The Adapter Plate will collect the stamp and it is now in position ready to be inked.

  • 4. Use a piece of sponge or Cut & Dry Foam to stamp with; simply use a mixing stick to load ink onto the foam, then use it like an ink pad to ink up the stamp.

  • 5. Close the lid of the Screen Sensation and use your fingertips to press over the stamp. Lift the lid and you will see a beautifully stamped image.

  • 6. To repeat the stamp, simply wipe off any excess ink, place it face down where you want the image to be, close the lid and repeat steps 4 and 5.

  • 7. Once you have finished stamping and the ink has dried, turn the garment inside out and iron for 2 minutes on the hottest setting for the fabric. Your garment is now machine washable at 40degrees.


    TOP TIPS:

    • If you find your image hasn’t printed perfectly, use a little paintbrush to fill in any missing areas. The reason for a print not being perfect is either how you are holding your squeegee: always spread your fingers across it and hold at 45degrees – or not enough ink being applied to the screen before your print. It is always worth having a practise run if you are unsure how your print will come out.

    • When you do your print, if you notice that an area hasn’t caught the ink, use your little squeegee to scrape ink over this area before you open your lid up.

    • When you use multiple ink colours, have a little airtight container handy to scoop up any leftover ink to re-use in another project.

    • I visit charity shops regularly as there are often lots of clothes just asking to be upcycled. The three garments in this article were bought for the princely sum of £1.15! Imagine how much money you can make by buying charity shop finds and giving them a Screen Sensation makeover.