Unraveling the Art of Screen Printing: A Comprehensive Breakdown for Newbies

Section 1: Why Choose Screen Printing?

Welcome to an in-depth exploration into the world of screen printing. Contrary to the notion that screen printing is an 'oldie moldie' technology, we at BCH Technologies are here to tell you why it's still relevant, and in some cases, even more beneficial than its counterpart, inkjet printing. Lower costs per print, cheaper equipment, wide-ranging color gamut, and an overall better feel of the print are just a few reasons that make screen printing an alluring choice.

Section 2: The Hybrid Print and Its Possibilities

Our interests, however, extend beyond the traditional techniques. We're intrigued by the idea of a hybrid print that amalgamates different technologies. Picture an embroidery with a random thread pattern created by an exclusive, albeit expensive software. Now imagine the possibilities if you could simply lay out some wide thread and sublimate on it! This melding of different technologies opens up limitless artistic opportunities. You can draw inspiration from various artists whose works integrate sublimation, airbrushing, and screen printing.

Section 3: Your First Foray into Screen Printing

Screen printing does not require a significant investment. For beginners, we recommend starting small and expanding as you grow in your expertise. This walkthrough will cover some basics, but don't worry, we have a video below to demonstrate everything visually. To kick-start your screen printing journey, a $99 kit from Amazon is an excellent place to start. It includes essential elements like a manual, hinges, a high-quality squeegee, two bottles for mixing emulsion, an emulsion remover, exposure UV light, and even a few bottles of ink. The return on investment is swift, with the ability to make your money back after your first project.

Section 4: Setting Up Your First Print

To begin the process, start by creating some emulsion, a process you can do at home with water and the materials in the kit. Next, apply the emulsion generously to the screen. Let it rest in a dark room for at least four hours. In the meantime, you can print some films. If you have a DTF printer, print a black print using DTF film. If not, a regular HP printer will work just fine. Once the screen is ready, place it on a dark background with the film atop it. After a recommended exposure time, the emulsion will be set and ready to be sprayed off with water, revealing your design.

Section 5: Getting Ready for Your First Print

Now that your screen is ready, you can start printing. To do this, apply a generous amount of ink to the top of the screen, pull the ink back to load the screen, and give a hard push forward to transfer the ink to the material. For materials like t-shirts, repeat this process twice to ensure an even, vibrant print. And voila, you have your first screen-printed item!

Section 6: The Possibilities of Screen Printing and DTF Printing Combined

Looking ahead, we're eager to demonstrate how screen printing and DTF printing can work in harmony. This combination can eliminate many common problems experienced with DTF printing alone, and it also expands your color gamut. Stay tuned for more updates and exploration in the world of screen printing. For more information, visit BCH Technologies or drop by our store in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Jun 5th 2023 Kevin Day

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