Wear What You Make: Screen Printing 101

steveweiss33 asked:

This instructional screen printing video is intended to go over the basics of photo emulsion screen printing. I do not claim to be an expert by any means. I’m still learning the process and thought this would be a fun way to share some of my knowledge of this form of art-making. Enjoy!


  1. A strobelight is a little unorthodox, but it’s worth a shot, I suppose. Try it and let me know how it works.

  2. i have a 750w strobelight that flashes at 10 fps. Is this okay to use as the light source, as the sun is moving to fast overhead to use, as the lighting angle is constantly changing. Please reply fast!

  3. cool I’ve learn a lot!
    I will use shirt printing as business this summEr… Thanks a lot ^^

  4. thanks heaps! tis great! the first time i put it under an enlarger light in the black room for 3 minutes, put it under water, and it all washed out. 2nd time, I didnt let it set properly, as was rushed by art teachers, and the same thing happened. Now that I have watched this video hopefully third time lucky :)

  5. CatspitProductions

    Nicely made video. Pretty cool. See my videos for an explanation of the photo emulsion screen printing process.

  6. Thanks a bunch man. This helps…..

  7. The photo emulsion reacts to any light AND heat! That solution is very sensitive to those factors which is why it’s important to do a lot of this process in a dimly lit room. The brighter the light, the more risk you run with exposing and hardening the emulsion. Flood lights run hotter so the exposure time will be less. Directed regular incandescent bulbs will take much longer. Try and keep your workspace nice and dim and cool when you prep to burn and you should be ok. Hope that helps…

  8. Thanks! Great tutorial indeed. Very useful and informative.

  9. u are the bast man…screenprinitng is sooo hard!!!

  10. NaaBegNoFriend

    very good, luvd it!

  11. Thanks for the kind words. I hope to make more like these soon.

  12. thanks! this is probably the best screenprinting tutorial i’ve found on youtube so far…

  13. Thanks! The song is “I Love My Shirt” by Donovan.

  14. That IS weird! :o)

  15. Nice job! What’s the song you used in the beginning of this video?

  16. thats weird…i have the same shower curtains

  17. mauiboyballah03

    Great video!!! learned a lot from it. Reference to it whenever I need a refresher course. Good job

  18. RoninRevolution

    Do not try to print on acetate, ever! Bad thing WILL happen. Seriously though, you can get cheap transparency paper at an office supply store that is printable and will work just as well for photo emulsion. The only problem is that the printable ones aren’t particularly opaque so it works out best if you tape two of the same image together. Also, awesome video it was extremely informative and entertaining. Dare I call it edutainment? Keep up the great videos.

  19. Thanks a lot! this is probably one of the best videos on screen printing in a long time!

  20. Great, you’re awesome, simple and funny.

  21. A heat gun is quicker than a hair dryer. Just use one of them until you can tell its dry.

  22. Thank for the info how long dose it take to Flash Dry ?

  23. Thank you, kindly!

  24. This is brilliant, I’ve been scouring the internet for a set of instructions like this! Very useful indeed! *****