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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

PinTest: Simple Screen Print

pintest screen print diy

Today's PinTest is based on a popular project that shows how to make your own screen prints at home with just a few supplies including a pair of tights!

To create the 'screen' I cut a square from a pair of nylon tights and stretched it out over the embroidery hoop. I then used a Sharpie to draw on my design and kept it simple for this test with a heart shape. To mask off the areas I didn’t want to print I applied a layer of Mod Podge (Glossy) and left to dry, then applied a second layer just to make sure there were no gaps and again left it to dry. To create the print I used acrylic paint and a scrap of cardboard to drag it across the screen making sure to cover the whole design as best I could.

As you can see from the close-up photograph below my print didn't come out as sharp as I was hoping. I'm not sure if this was due to the loose weave of the tights, the type fabric I printed onto, the method I used to distribute the paint or something else entirely. I have however seen other tutorials using sheer materials such as those used for net curtains in place of the nylon tights so perhaps that may give a better finish!

pintest screen print diy

Have you tried out this technique? If so we’d love to hear about your results - use the hash tag #eightandsixteen to share your photos with us!

If there are any particular Pins you'd like to see us test out let us know in the comments!



  1. I've always wanted to do screen printing but couldn't afford it. This I have to try asap!

  2. I bought an embroidery hoop ages ago to try this but I haven't yet! Really need to though.
    Lauren // OhHay Blogs!

  3. Great idea! I think I'll have to experiment with this :)
    Amber at Locketz with Love


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