Making screens is generally followed by transferring the screen onto a T-shirt using screen printing ink. The artist must apply pressure when dragging the squeegee across the design to pass the ink directly onto the T-shirt. This process is known as silk screening. The ink must also be applied smoothly onto the T-shirt to avoid paint blobs. The ink must be thoroughly dried to ensure that the ink cures and adheres to the textile fibers.
Things You'll Need
Mild laundry detergent (optional)
Hang your screen printed T-shirt in a well ventilated area. Make sure the screen printed area does not have any fabric folds or creases to avoid the paint rubbing off onto an unwanted area. Make sure the T-shirt is away from other clothing to avoid fabric paint rubbing onto other garments.
Read your fabric paint's suggested drying time. Each brand has a specific time needed for the ink to adhere thoroughly to the textile fibers prior to using a dryer or washing. You are usually advised to wait a minimum of 24 hours.
Turn your T-shirt inside out so the screen will be on the inside of your T-shirt. If after waiting the recommended time, the T-shirt is damp and not completely dry, proceed to turn it inside out.
Set your dryer to a tumble dry, low heat setting. Make sure that the screened artwork is on the inside of the T-shirt prior to placing it in the dryer.
Wash your screen T-shirt with mild laundry detergent, if you wish. Make sure the shirt is inside out. Repeat steps one through four before wearing your dry, screen printed T-shirt.
Although the low heat will help the paint set deeper into the T-shirt's fabric fibers, it is strongly recommended to read your fabric paint's heat requirements to avoid damage, such as cracking to the screen.