by Anthony Clark
Screen printing is one activity that can easily transform from a hobby to a professional if you know what you are doing and if you have the right tools at your disposal. You will be able to create anything from t-shirts, posters, or any other fabric or canvas with the right screen printing techniques as well as the right screen printing kit.
The right screen printing kit will streamline your screen printing processes and greatly improve the quality of anything you create with your screen printing kit.
You’ll want to take some time to explore what screen printing kits have to offer if you are even remotely interested in transforming screen printing from a hobby to a profession.
One of the biggest frustrations of any given screen printing project is exposing the screen. Unfortunately, many screen printing kits contain light sources that overexpose the screen or do not provide enough exposure. Finding a screen printing kit with a perfect light source is nearly impossible, yet said light source is critical to quality screen printing.
One of the best things about Speedball’s screen printing kit is that it contains a light source that does an excellent job of exposing the screen without doing its job too well. This is because of the lamp and photo bulb that it comes with. This streamlines the screen printing process a lot, and the instruction book it comes with will perfect this process.
Another good thing about Speedball’s screen printing kit is that it literally contains everything you need to begin screen printing almost immediately. So whether you need a squeegee, ink, or a frame, you’ll get all of it with Speedball’s screen printing kit.
The only thing you might not enjoy about Speedball’s screen printing kit is that the squeegee is of questionable quality. While this is to be expected in that it is an all-in-one kit, it is still something you’ll need to be aware of.
The majority of screen printing kits can be intimidating and overwhelming. If they aren’t intimidating and overwhelming to use, they only contain basic materials which do not mean much to anybody who is at an intermediate level when it comes to using screen printing kits. Finding a proper screen printing kit for those at an intermediate level is not easy.
As the description suggests, Speedball’s intermediate screen printing kit is perfect for anybody who’s skill level with screen printing is at the intermediate level. It contains materials that can accomplish drawing fluid/screen filler functions and photo emulsion functions of screen printing, which is vital for someone with intermediate experience with screen printing.
Anybody familiar with screen printing knows how necessary all the materials of any given screen printing kit are to finish a project. You will get all the fluids, inks, removers, and cleaning materials you will ever need with Speedball’s intermediate screen printing kit. It leaves nothing to chance.
The abundance of materials you get with Speedball’s intermediate screen printing kit can get very overwhelming. In addition, you get so many bottles of fluids that it might be tough to keep track of everything, and this is one thing that you’ll need to watch for.
Screenprint things are almost necessary if you perform any e-commerce sales that entail you selling physical products. This is especially true if you intend to do everything yourself and keep all your sales for yourself. But, unfortunately, it is tough to find screen printing kits designed for beginners that revolve around simplicity.
You will want to consider what Speedball has to offer with its beginner vinyl kit if you need to screen print products at home without using screen filters or emulsions, which are more advanced screen printing techniques that use chemicals. Speedball’s beginner vinyl kit uses no such chemicals and instead combines vinyl printing and screen printing.
The best part about Speedball’s vinyl screen printing kit is that you’ll be able to create multiple images with it. This is because vinyl is easy to remove from these screens. You also get an obvious instruction card that can walk you through the most basic screen printing tasks.
You will need to look somewhere else if you are looking for a screen printing kit that uses chemicals to create screen-printed products. Speedball’s beginner screen printing kit contains none of these kinds of materials since it is designed for beginners.
Most screen printing kits are limited in the colors of designs that they can print. While this is negligible for anybody who only needs to make simple black and white designs, it is problematic if you need to screen print multiple colors onto other surfaces. Unfortunately, the majority of screen printers and screen printing kits are not capable of doing this.
BQTZ’s printing press will allow you to perform other screen printing tasks that expand beyond making simple designs for shirts or other fabrics. Not only does it contain red, blue, green, and yellow screen frames, you’ll also be able to use it to create designs onto not just fabrics but also wood, glass, tiles, and even circuit boards.
The pallet and screens of BQTZ’s printing press are also very easy to manage and manipulate. Both of them can rotate 360 degrees by themselves. This allows you to streamline your screen printing processes to the point where you can work very quickly.
BQTZ’s screen printing press is completely manual in its operation. None of it operates automatically. While this might not be noticeable when creating designs on fabrics, you’ll need to take your time when using it to print on different surfaces.
Things can be not only overwhelming when you are completely clueless about screen printing but want to familiarize yourself with screen printing at the same time. Unfortunately, most screen printing kits will assume that you are at least somewhat familiar with the act of screen printing in terms of what kinds of materials you need to use, among other things.
MQ’s screen printing kit is specifically designed for an absolute beginner with screen printing to the point where they want to make screen printing just another fun hobby. It contains nearly everything you’ll need to get started with screen printing.
You also get a couple of things with MQ’s screen printing kit that you don’t usually get with other screen printing kits. The first of these are waterproof transparency sheets. Because they can resist ink very easily, they will make transfers very easy. The masking tape it comes with also makes things very easy as it leaves no traces.
One thing you’ll need to know about MQ’s screen printing starter kit is that it contains no ink. You’ll need your own ink, paint, emulsion, and cleaner to get started using it truly.
There are very few screen printing kits that contain emulsion or anything like it. Furthermore, most of them are not even compatible with photo emulsion, limiting what you create with most of them. Dealing with this is especially frustrating for those who only perform screen printing with photo emulsion and photo emulsion.
You will get a lot out of Speedball’s Diazo emulsion kit if you use photo emulsion for most of your screen printing projects. Containing emulsion, sensitizer, and remover, the Diazo contains everything you need to add emulsion to your screen printing repertoire.
Most photo emulsion formulas require you to work in a darkroom or any other place that is light-safe. This is not the case with the Diazo, and this is perhaps its best quality. You’ll be able to work with the kit practically anywhere with it.
There are a couple of things that you need to watch for with the Diazo. First, you’ll need to mix the emulsion and sensitizer to activate the emulsion. You’ll struggle if you are not experienced in doing this. Also, the Diazo doesn’t come with screens or frames. So you’ll need to have those ready.
Nearly all screen printing kits are incomplete in some way. They either contain frames and plenty of printing film, but they won’t contain any stencil equipment. The opposite is also true; they contain stencil equipment but won’t contain frames or transfer paper. Dealing with this is frustrating.
Two worlds have finally created a screen printing kit that contains both of these. It contains a frame as well as a stencil engraving knife. This knife also contains 5 interchangeable blades, which come in extremely valuable if you are engaged in long-term screen printing projects. You’ll want Twoworld’s screen printing kit even if you need a stencil engraving knife on its own since you get so many other things with it.
You’ll also get several accessories that will improve any screen printing kit with Twoworld’s screen printing kit. For example, you get wooden sticks that help you mix the materials you use, gloves that will protect your hands from stains, and tape that makes it much easier to tear off the printing film.
Twoworld’s screen printing kit is missing one thing, and that thing is emulsion materials. Unfortunately, this is the one thing that prevents it from being an all-inclusive screen printing kit. As a result, you’ll need your own emulsion materials to get started using it.
Unfortunately common in most screen printing kits; unfortunately, common is that they don’t contain emulsion, sensitizer, or inks. As a result, you often need to acquire these yourself. Dealing with this is very frustrating, especially if you have everything you need for screen printing except these materials since they are far and away from the most elusive.
You’ll get everything you need to begin applying your screen-printed designs with Jacquard’s printing kit. It comes with emulsion and sensitizer, but it also comes with yellow, black, red, blue, and green inks, allowing you to be even more creative when screen printing. In addition, you’ll enjoy Jacquard’s printing kit if you are looking for something that allows you to go beyond black and white screen printing.
Most screen printing kits that contain ink, sensitizer, and emulsion don’t come with a screen or a frame. However, Jacquard’s printing kit comes with these things, meaning you will not need to have them ready or go out and get them yourself.
Jacquard’s printing kit is minimal when it comes to other kinds of materials that you might need in case you make mistakes or if you want to create more complicated designs. It comes with no stencil equipment and nothing that allows you to peel off what you just created. You’ll need to have those materials on hand.
There are very, very few screen printing kits that are truly comprehensive. If they contain ink, they won’t contain frames or sheets. If they contain ink, frames, and sheets, they won’t contain sensitizer. While this doesn’t concern experienced screen printers enough, it will turn off those not experienced.
You will literally have everything you need to begin screen printing with Speedball’s introductory screen printing kit in your possession. It contains plenty of ink in different colors, a frame, screen fluid, sensitizer, sticks that you will need to mix the paint, and a small paintbrush. This gives you everything you need to begin creating nearly anything you want for screen painting immediately.
Surprisingly enough, you’ll be able to use Speedball’s introductory kit for more than one surface. So not only can you use it to screenprint on fabrics, but you can also use it for screen printing on cardboard as well as wood. Most introductory screen printing kits are limited to just fabric, and it is nice that Speedball expands beyond this.
Being an introductory screen printing kit, a few things are not included in Speedball’s kit that most advanced screen printers would find useful. For example, you won’t come across stencil knives or any emulsion materials in them.
Finding the right screen printing kit for you can be complicated since none of them is totally complete.
You’ll be sure that you have the right one in your possession if you consider the following things.
This is the first thing to consider, and it is perhaps the most important.
Some screen printing kits are designed for those who are just starting to learn the art of screen printing, and some are designed for those who know exactly what they are doing.
You’ll be able to tell which ones are designed for which experience level when it comes to a craft such as this.
While most screen printing kits are designed for personal use, some are efficient enough to be used in establishments.
You’ll want to seek out a screen printing kit containing everything you need for the most complicated screen printing projects if you need one for your profession.
The kinds of materials you’ll need for more complicated screen printing projects are stencil knives and photo emulsion-related materials.
These seem to contribute the most to detailed screen printing projects.
There are two general ways to screen print a design.
The first is to paint it onto the transfer sheet.
Although this does not take a lot of time, it is a preferred method for simple designs rather than detailed ones.
For more detailed designs, you’ll need to use photo emulsion materials.
This gets painted on, but it is more permanent than using regular ink.
It is up to you to decide which method is more necessary and which you prefer.
Most screen printing is photosensitive.
This means that there is no way that it can be accomplished if it is attempted in the presence of light.
While this is true for most screen printers, it isn’t true for all of them, and if you do not have access to a dark room, you’ll still be able to perform screen printing if you possess a screen printing kit that you can use in any environment.
Screen printing is complicated, and it can be even more complicated to attempt to find a screen printing kit that will allow you to do what you need to do.
Something you should know about screen printing kits is that they are not perfectly comprehensive.
You’ll need to know what you already have or can afford to acquire separately alongside your main screen printing kit.
If you take the time to determine this, you’ll have a much easier time looking for a screen printing kit that you’ll get the most out of.
About Anthony Clark
Anthony Clark has always had that wierd passion for digital drawing and printing since he was little. He would just wander around in his parents' house in Phoenix, Arizona; drawing various things with his older digital tablet. Be it just a memory collection or a portay of just about anything: object, parents, school, events, etc. He received his BA in Graphic Design at San Jose State Universiry at the heart of Silicon Valley. Now Mr. Clark is really excited to present his expeirence coupling with some colorful dips to help shape it the future of printing.