How to Screen Print Using the Drawing Fluid Technique

How to Screen Print Using the Drawing Fluid Technique


Today’ I’d like to demonstrate
the Drawing Fluid technique for screen printing. I’m going to use
Speedball’s Drawing Fluid and Screen Filler to create
a printable screen. The first step is to
select some artwork. You can draw
your own artwork. I’ve selected a clipart image
that I’m going to use. What we’ll do is we’ll take
that clipart image and tape it to the bottom
of the screen. The area that I’m going to fill
with Drawing Fluid is the area that we’ll
eventually want to print. So I’m going to start by
tracing that outline with a Sakura Pigma Micron pen. The Micron doesn’t
bleed on screens, and it dries waterproof. ED:
Once you’ve finished
tracing your image, it’s time to fill that area
in with Drawing Fluid. The Drawing Fluid
acts as a resist against the screen filler to create
the screen itself. You’ll want to work on top
of some paper or perhaps cardboard because the drawing fluid
can drip through the screen while you’re painting it. Find something to
prop up your screen, and then take
your Drawing Fluid, and make sure that
you mix it thoroughly before you begin painting. We’ve selected
a very basic image here, but you can do an image
that includes as much or as little detail
as you’d like. ED:
Once you’ve filled the image
that you want to print with Drawing Fluid
and allowed it to dry, it’s time to apply a coat of
Screen Filler over the top. Begin by mixing your
Screen Filler thoroughly, and then apply a bead of
Screen Filler across the top
of the screen. Now take your squeegee, and then draw that
bead of Screen Filler evenly over the top of the area where you painted
the Drawing Fluid. Create a nice even coat,
and try to fill as much of the screen area as possible. Next we use
a little warm water to wash away
the Drawing Fluid which has protected
the screen from the screen filler. (water running) ED:
Once the screen is dried,
you want to mask off an area around the image. This keeps the ink from
leaking out through the edges. Now we’re going to be
screen printing onto a t-shirt, but you can print on
a variety of surfaces, paper and board. You just want to make sure
you select the right ink for your project. We’re using
Speedball Fabric Ink for ours. To prep the t-shirt, put a board in between
the t-shirt so the ink doesn’t
pass through the front onto the back. Take your screen, place it where you’d
like the image to be printed, and then with your ink, apply a liberal bead of ink
across one of the edges. Now take your squeegee and pull that ink
across the image. Do it as often as necessary to make sure you
fill that area with ink. Now just let your t-shirt dry. Screen printing with
the Drawing Fluid technique can be a fun process,
and simple to do. Captioned by GigEcast
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70 thoughts on “How to Screen Print Using the Drawing Fluid Technique

  1. @CapcherIt Hi – yes, Blick carries the cleaner for the filler. Check it out by going to our site and then to the Speedball page. The product is called Speedball Speed Clean Screen Cleaner. Then try saying it ten times fast!
    Thanks!

  2. @KamilleTheNerd Actually, all of the Speedball kits with the exception of the Stencil kit come with everything you need to do the drawing fluid technique as well as the diazo technique. If you want to purchase the materials separately you would need a screen, a squeegee, drawing fluid, screen filler and ink. If you select a kit, make sure it is one that comes with the type of ink you are looking for – either regular ink or fabric ink. If you have further questions, email info @ dickblick . com.

  3. @pyrodisplay Any of the acrylic based screen printing inks are great for paper. You could even use the fabric ink for paper since it is also acrylic based – it is formulated to be extra flexible and wash resistant for fabric.

  4. @BBeartje Speedball makes a product called Speed Clean that is most effective for removing screen filler. You can find product information on the Blick Art Materials website dickblick . com and search for Speed Clean.

  5. Hi there, I wanted to know: Can you reuse screens after the initial printing session? If so, does the screen filler maintain the design forever (unless you use Speed Clean to remove it)? And, can you reuse screens a lot by washing them with Speed Clean after youre done with each design printing? Thanks!

  6. Hi, i am so excited to get my own products but right now i am really confused by what exactly you are using. I mean the Blue and Brown fluids are different. Can you specify what they are? Thanks in advance.

  7. @eg463665 The screen will maintain the design created with the filler until it is removed with Speed Clean. And yes, after you are finished with a design, clean the screen thoroughly with Speed Clean you can reuse the screen.

  8. @ibzal49 The blue liquid is called Speedball Drawing Fluid and the reddish brown liquid is Speedball Screen Filler.

  9. @ibzal49 If you find you have any questions along the way you can contact our Product Information team by email at: info @ dickblick . com. They are the best source for assistance. Happy printing!

  10. @boscobear33 Hi – I am not certain if I understand your question. There is a technique using a stencil for printing. Please take a look at our How to Screen Print Using the Stencil Technique on our channel. You may also email our Poduct Information experts who can help you with projects and product questions. Please email them at: info @ dickblick . com. Thanks!

  11. Wait, how come when you wash the screen to clear off the blue colour at 2:00 the brown colour doesnt come off too? is it made of different material? can you tell me the difference between the blue and brown one?

  12. @f3nt0 Yes, they are very different – the blue liquid is called Speedball Drawing Fluid and the reddish brown liquid is Speedball Screen Filler. The blue is meant to resist the brown liquid so it retains the design you've created. Once the brown liquid is dry it is permanent. The blue liquid washes out with water and so the ink will go through the screen to create your print. The brown can be cleaned out of your screen only with a special product called Speed Clean screen cleaner.

  13. Is this suitable for designs that need to be crisp and precise? I want to do a typographic print on a tshirt using the drawing fluid method.

  14. You can find prices on the Blick Art Materials website by clicking on the link in the video description.

  15. The Pigma Micron pen is used because it will give you a visible, sharp line that doesn't bleed or wash off with water. A pencil may work but will be lighter and less visible. It may just require experimentation to see if it works to your satisfaction.

  16. Your video is great and thanks ever so much for it. Could you tell me which fabric you're using to fit put in the frame? I think I'm going to try it soon after your reply. Happy New Year from my island in Indian Ocean. God bleSS

  17. Hello – we are using a screenprint screen made of polyester. The specific product information can be found by clicking on the link in the video description which will take you to the Blick Art Materials website Speedball page. Thanks for watching!

  18. This is a really good screen printing tutorial explaining a basic stenciling method. And I should know 😉 Come get some Catspit~! ☠

  19. If you want multiple colors (ie 3) put a good sized dollop of purple on the right side in the gutter, then silver in a center section of the gutter & blue on the left side. When you pull your squeegee you'll grab all 3 colors @ once Have to pull straight/evenly. They'll blend ever so slightly where they meet on the screen. Just be careful how you pick up & set the squeegee down for a 2nd pull. Be mindful of access ink cuz you can't reclaim mixed ink pulls. Hope that helped/made sense…

  20. how long do you have to wait between you apply the screen filler and you wash the screen to remove the screen drawing fluid? I just tried this technique and I think my mistake was to let it dry too long. When I filled with the secreen filler the siluete wasn't easy to see. Is that normal? I'd appreciate your advice, thanks!!!

  21. Yes, the screen is reusable. Inks and fillers may be removed after you have finished your prints. Cleaning materials are available on our website: dickblick . com/screenprinting

  22. Can you use speedball acrylic paint for fabric as well? the Blick here where I live doesn't have much of a variety for fabric paints…

  23. How do you recommend heat setting the shirt?  Can you wash the shirt directly after heat setting it?  Or do you recommend waiting 24 hours after heat setting?

  24. That's insane. What do you do if you want to print multi-colors or dot scale or butt registration… This is for an extreme hobbyist that isn't doing any production…

  25. so wat marker did u use to out line the image on the screen can it be any marker? and how long doi let the drawing liquid before i put the screen filler

  26. hey I am a screenprinter also. I really hate preparing screens. such as emulsion and burning the image on. if I paid you would you be willing to do it for me and ship it? I would greatly appreciate it!

  27. Is it better to use the paper side of the screen for the drawing fluid and screen filler, or the other side? Does it matter at all?

  28. I let the screen block dry and then pulled over the acrylic paint. The results was perfect, I was so pleased until I came to wash the screen. Absolutely nothing washed off! I bought a remover online and this didn't work either. I now have a screen I cannot use 😔

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