This post has been a lllooooonnng time in the making, but I finally put a tutorial together to walk you through the Basics of Screen Printing with vinyl. I’m admittedly no pro, but I’ve tried it lots of times and feel confident in the basics and I want to share with you all that info!
Yes, you can use your vinyl cutting machine to tackle screen printing – in fact, it’s the easy way to give screen printing a try! Here are a couple of images to pin so you can save all this info for later. This post may contain affiliate links.
DIY Screen Printing TShirts
For this method of screen printing, you’ll need:
I have a step-by-step tutorial on below, but sometimes it’s just easier to explain things outloud, so lucky you, I put together a VIDEO TUTORIAL as well!! It’s not long and hopefully it’ll make it easy to understand the process.
Screen Printing with Vinyl VIDEO TUTORIAL
Simple Screen Printing Instructions
The traditional method of screen printing involves a lot, but a super simple way to accomplish the same thing is to use VINYL to make your screen stencil. And you know us crafters, we love vinyl!!
First up, cut your design MIRRORED – trust me on this one!
Then since it’s a stencil, you need to WEED out the LETTERS. Weed out where you want the paint to go.
Then use transfer tape like normal (here’s details on how to use adhesive vinyl), attach it to the vinyl and then peel the backing off:
With the sticky side UP, place the screen on top of the vinyl. You are attaching the vinyl to the BACK side of the screen. This is why the design needs to be mirrored. Rub into place. Then very carefully (slow and steady), remove the transfer tape:
Tape off any showing screen with painters tape:
Now that your screen is prepped, you’re ready!! Spread a generous amount of ink at the top:
And use the squeegee to pull evenly across the screen:
Lift up the screen and voila!! You can reuse the screen for multiple applications. When all done, pull off vinyl and rinse out your screen with water. When the ink is completely dry, use a iron to heat set it into the fabric:
So fun, right?!
Screen Printing compared to Vinyl
You’re probably wondering, how does screen printing compare to vinyl – – well, stay tuned! I have a bunch of thought on that, so it’ll be coming in a whole full blog post 😉