DIY Screenprinting with an Embroidery Hoop

I'm gonna make your world with these two hands today but I love memories and laughs although I own a nice screen printing setup I've been thinking about how to make screen printing more accessible to beginners so I spent a few days experimenting with different DIY options to see what would produce the best results without a large upfront investment here is what I learned I tried several different synthetic fabrics including netting nylons and chiffon the netting and nylons left a noticeable leave pattern the chiffon made the edges fuzzy I got the crispest results animals detail when I used organza fabric I tried stapling the fabric to old picture frames that worked but removing the fabric later was a hassle and distorted my screen I found that it was easier and more economical to use an embroidery hoop place your fabric in the hoop and tighten pulling the fabric taut we don't have a lot of fabric stores around here so the only organza I found had occasional glitter specks I had to carefully remove the glitter with a pin before inking to transfer the image I printed my images and then took them to be Xerox copied the trick here is that you need to use toner ink rather than laser jet most home printers are laser Jed cut out the image and place face down inside the hoop put on gloves and use a q-tip dipped in acetone to firmly rub the back of the paper transferring the ink to the fabric this needs to be a strong acetone which you can find by the house paints in a store that sells home improvement items standard nail polish remover will not work be sure to cover your work surface as acetone will remove the finish on most furniture alternately you can trace the image through the fabric with a permanent marker or a pencil but I found that marker tends to bleed so you don't have crisp lines to work with pencil can snag in the fabric holes and thus distort your image so I prefer using the Xerox transfer method now we need to block out the negative areas of the screen I tried several different mediums as a screen filler the medium I prefered most was latex house paint any brand or color will do I'm using some leftover paint and carefully painting all the areas without ink in other words leave all the black areas alone the ink will seep through any parts that aren't painted creating your image so it's important to cover it well nevertheless you can expect that the first print you make will have a few small pinholes that you missed I recommend letting the paint cure overnight since you'll be rinsing it with water later another popular medium is Mod Podge but it presented some problems first it goes on slightly white and dries clear making it very difficult to see exactly which areas you've covered secondly when you rinse out your screen for repeated use the Mod Podge tends to soften and get a little gummy if you only want to rinse and reuse your design a few times it will be okay more than that and your image begins to disintegrate I experimented with a few different inks here I'm using speedball screen printing ink this is the ink you'll want to use if you're printing onto a fabric surface because it's washable put a few stripes of ink at the top of your screen use an old credit card or a piece of flexible plastic to pull the ink down over your design you want the excess ink scraped off of the image you can see a few pinholes that need to be fixed use a sink sprayer or a water bottle to clean the ink then touch it the pinholes with more latex paint and allowed to dry this print looks pretty good but I also tried speedball block printing ink and liquitex heavy body acrylic to see what results I'd get the block printing ink is thinner and gave me fuzzier edges the thick heavy body acrylic provided the crispest results and it's what I'd recommend for prints on paper these screens can be rinsed and reused repeatedly you can remove your screen and store it in a file folder then reuse the hoop for new designs I don't don't don't don't feel afraid to innovate don't don't don't don't miss a chance to be creative don't don't don't don't I don't try this at home try this for more fun try offsetting and layering different colors to create shadows I hope my screen printing experiments have helped you get started in DIY screen printing for hundreds more crafting tutorials please visit my website at made by marzipan calm try this you


  1. Great , we sell the Bamboo embroidery hoops on amazon US , Here is the link

  2. Thank you.

    I appreciate that you took time to explore alternatives. Watching videos of how to screen print from vendors makes screen printing seem so expensive

  3. This is such a great video!! This brings up really good points and she explains the reason why she chose what she chose. I'm super thankful for this video and the pros and cons she pointed out. Saves me a ton of time! Thank You!

  4. Interesting. We used to do acetone transfers with Xerox copies in college but we used a roller press to get the toner to transfer very well. I never saw this done before on screen mesh. Cool idea ๐Ÿ˜‰ Come get some Catspit~!

  5. Thanks for doing all that testing! I've tried with mod podge no luck (paper stencils worked better), so this was handy to know. ๐Ÿ™‚ I'm thinking about using some sticky vinyl on the back of some organza fabric sometime in the future so that I don't have to wait for things to dry . . . we'll see how it goes.

  6. You answered all my questions by trying out many different methods! I spent almost an hour looking for answers until I found this video. Thank you so much for your experimentation! I am looking forward to your next projects. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Hi, this is so great ! I was wondering though, what kind of latex paint do you use ? I have a hard time finding that… Is liquid latex ok ? Again this is great I can't wait to try it myself ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. Brilliant! Thank you! Do you think it would be necessary to mix in some textile medium for fabric prints? I know you mentioned heavy body acrylic, but I've always thought textile medium had to be added.

  9. Along with everyone else, I really want to thank you! Something about your tutorials makes me want to jump up and get it done, haha! I love it!

  10. So awesome! I have a design that I've been wanting to screen print into throw pillows, so I'm going to try this!

  11. this is amazing! thanks for sharingย this with us! I got interested in screenprinting before, but this is the first video, that is really making me want to try it out! regards from Germany ๐Ÿ™‚

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