I was asked at Summer CHA if I’d like a Tulip ScreeIt Silk Screen Machine to try. You might be amazed that it took me a whole two and a half second to say, “YES”. I’d been seeing it here and there on the web and really wanted to give it a shot. Today I thought I’d give you some insight into the machine so you can see what it’s all about too!
Everything you need to get started comes in the box. Two white light bulbs (not shown) go inside the machine to burn the screens. I had to giggle as I was assembling the ScreenIt because it made me think of an Easy Bake Oven. Yeah, I know, I’m easily amused. :)
You’ll need a screwdriver to assemble the machine but it’s really easy to do.
You also get:
- the machine
- a yellow light bulb
- sample of Tulip Soft paint (black)
- 2 screens to burn
And here are some supplies you need to have on hand:
- Fabric item to screen print on
- Nonabrasive sponge
- Printer or black felt marker and white sheet of paper
- Plastic tablecloth
I also recommend:
- Aleene’s® Repositionable Tacky Spray
- A tub that holds water so you have a place to 1) submerge your screen after burning and 2) submerge screens after printing
I’ve heard a few little negative things about the machine but I found that when I followed the directions EXACTLY I got good results.Trust me, I wrecked my first screen because I didn’t do things EXACTLY.
You might even want to make yourself a checklist before starting.
I mean EXACTLY. K?
Above is my first bit of art for burning a screen. And below is the second.
I’m going through a butterfly phase!
The first butterfly shows my artwork on a regular piece of copy paper. I drew it and colored it in with a Sharpie marker. If you are filling in your own artwork just be sure that you get the color SOLID. No greys, no little bits of white. The image needs to be the blackest black.
The second butterfly is screen printed on regular muslin. I should have ironed it flat first but it worked anyway.
Once you get the screens burned you can re-use them up to 75 times.
I have to be honest, at first I thought the price of the machine was pretty high but then I looked into thermal imagers and some other screen printing machines and tools and decided that it wasn’t so bad after all. Try $995.00 for a professional thermal imager. YIKES!
I’ll be back later in the week with a project that I made. Right now my paint is still drying. :)
So what do you think? Is the Tulip ScreenIt a tool you might try? What image would you try out first?