I’m excited to lastly put up my Ikon Art Stencil Maker assessment – a.ok.a. DIY silkscreens! I first noticed this Ikon Art system on the 2019 Creativation commerce present and was blown away by how simple it regarded to make your personal silkscreens (they name them “smart screen stencils”). But at nearly $200, I waited just a few months to see how the product rolled out and the suggestions.
Well, I purchased the entire system. I watched a girl on YouTube do a Live the place she went by the complete course of and knew I might deal with it! That was final yr and I made one check sheet of designs for my ceramic mugs.
I’m STILL utilizing these DIY silkscreens to this present day, that’s how lengthy they’ve lasted!
Now with our Mucho Mas retail retailer reopening and increasing on Oct 2nd, I purchased a brand new bundle of emulsion sheets and Inkjet printer sheets (you’ll how these work in my tutorial beneath). I burned 4 sheets and minimize up the designs and used them to make some unique Crafty Chica ring dishes that I’m going to promote in my on-line retailer and at Mucho Mas!
I observed Ikon Art additionally has a brand new T-shirt system, so um, I purchased that too. Look for one more tutorial quickly!
This at-home silkscreen and screenprinting product is the very best I’ve skilled so far. You guys who’ve adopted me for some time know I’ve tried each the Yudu and the Screen It prior to now and each of these have been discontinued. This is sooo irritating as a result of, with out the instruments and provides, the cumbersome machines are ineffective.
I truthfully really feel this machine can final for the lengthy haul, all you want are the emulsion sheets, the remaining is stuff we’ve available or will be bought on-line. But I’m actually impressed in any respect the equipment Ikon Art gives – they actually thought of the consumer’s wants. Especially these of us who plan to make batch screenprinting merchandise!
Supplies for DIY Silkscreens utilizing the Ikon Art Custom Stencil Maker
NOTE: This is just not a sponsored put up however I did join the associates program since I purchased the machine. You can use the promo code CRAFTYCHICA to obtain a 15% low cost in your buy.
Designs of your alternative
Substrate to make use of your designs
Another observe: I used these diy silkscreens for my ceramics which is a course of in itself, however for the on a regular basis consumer, you should use craft paint, chalk paint, cloth paint, silkscreen paint, and many others.
Make your design.
Create a design both hand-drawn or digital. No shading, no tremendous fantastic strains. I discovered the thicker the strains, the higher. Not too small both.
You may even use phrases and make them in Canva or PicMonkey. BE ORIGINAL. What will make your work particular is in case you provide you with one thing new that displays your character! You can do household names, household quotes, and many others. I hung out brainstorming on the designs I created and plan to make use of them to create a line of Crafty Chica merchandise. It was laborious and time-consuming, however value it!
Make certain the designs are on the blackest degree, it will enable you to obtain a crisp burn on the display.
Use PicMonkey or Canva to structure your designs on an 8-12×11” template. Leave sufficient room between every design so that you don’t have overbleed whenever you apply your paint afterward within the course of.
Print your design.
The package comes with a bundle of printing movie for each Inkjet and laser printers. I used Inkjet. Remove one sheet, ensure that there will not be two caught collectively, and really feel for the duller aspect. That is the aspect to print on. I’ve an HP printer, so it confronted it, boring aspect down for printing.
CAUTION: I ruined a sheet as a result of I inserted the movie within the printer white printer paper beneath and when it fed by, it picked up the printer paper for half of my design. Ack! Next go, I solely added one sheet of the printing movie and it labored completely.
Print on the very best setting.
If you occur to expire of the printing movie equipped by Ikon Art, I discovered a workaround. I had clear transparency sheets and used these and so they labored nice!
Assemble your machine based on the bundle instructions and set in on a flat floor close to a three-pronged outlet. It comes with a black board to behave as a background, set that on the bottom of the machine, beneath the lamp.
Open the bundle of emulsion sheets and take away one (ensure that there will not be two caught collectively) in addition to one of many clear plastic sheets. Seal up the bag as a result of the sheets are photosensitive.
Quickly place the emulsion sheet, shiny aspect down, on the bottom, on high of the black board. Now place your printed design sheet on high of the emulsion sheet, proper aspect up so that you learn your designs (not backward). Place the bigger plastic sheet on high of that. Make certain it’s all centered.
Plug within the machine and as quickly as the sunshine activates, set your timer for 35 seconds. When it’s achieved, take away the emulsion sheet and place it on the clipboard that comes with the package.
Got to the sink and utilizing a sprayer, spray the display till your designs present by crisp and white. This course of took me about 10 minutes. It would possibly take longer when you have a low-pressure sprayer.
Once you may see all of your designs, grasp or set out the sheet to dry.
Time to print!
After your silkscreen is dry, you may minimize it up or go away it entire, whichever you favor.
Use a everlasting marker to jot down “back” on the again of the silkscreen, you’ll see why it a bit!
Have water close by for rinsing.
Choose your substrate, then take your silkscreen and take away the plastic backing, preserve it close by. The again of the silkscreen is sticky, which is genius as a result of which means it received’t slide round! Place it the place you need it.
Choose your paint and apply a line on the high of the stencil, then use the scraper to pull the paint throughout the burned design. Make certain you do that evenly, you may even do a second go.
Carefully peel away the silkscreen to disclose the print!
You can reuse about 2-Three extra instances, then rinse the paint off your DIY silkscreens. DO NOT let it dry as a result of it’ll shut up the holes on the display, so ensure that to rinse asap!
Replace your silkscreen to the backing, let dry earlier than utilizing once more.
And that’s it! What do you consider this screenprinting course of? I’m soooo excited to do extra with the Ikon Art system. I really like that I can use these to make batches of mugs, plates, ornaments and extra!
Love & mild,