Screen Printing With Screen Sensation*

I have wanted to try screen printing for years and years after briefly being able to have a little go at Sixth Form, yet being part of a class of around 20 people with only one piece of kit meant you couldn't really spend as long as you wanted with it but I knew it was a form of art that I'd love to revisit one day. Running my own illustration business has also meant that I've looked into screen printing my own products as an option, especially for things like t-shirts which are super expensive to have made for you and right now I'd love to experiment a little more with designs before committing to buying a bulk order. Unfortunately screen printing equipment can also be rather expensive once you've purchased a frame, inks and other accessories and it can be a little tricky to know how to get started.

When Screen Sensation* got in touch I was ecstatic and had a little research into the brand further - they're all about providing high quality, easy to use equipment without the massive price tag and were kind enough to send me my own kit and a few extras to experiment with and give my review right here to share with you all, plus a juicy 25% discount which I'll leave at the end should you wish to have a dabble in screen printing yourself.


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screen sensation, screen printing, screen print tote bags, screen print clothes, screen print diy

The kit allows a generous 12x12 inch space for printing (a compact version is also available) and the box contains the frame, a collapsable mixing bowl, some wooden spatulas for mixing paints and a couple of squeegees. There are a bunch of designs to choose from too to start making your own gifts and garments, ranging from inspirational quotes to kiddy themed illustrations, nature artwork to antique scripts and typography. I was able to choose a couple to test for myself at home along with some inks (I went for some pastel tones!) and I also ordered with my own pennies a few different things to print onto; tote bags, a couple of tea towels, a t-shirt and some greeting cards.


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screen sensation, screen printing, screen print tote bags, screen print clothes, screen print diy

Also available in the Screen Sensation range is some specially designed fixing tape, perfect for making sure your screens are nice and taught ready to be printed with. A loose screen that isn't fixed properly could result in inks accidentally getting onto areas you didn't want it to be so it's super important to make sure everything is secure before applying your ink. The mixing bowl provided along with the wooden spatulas means this brand have really thought about how to make this process as simple and easy to clean up as possible. As for storage, the bowl collapses down and fits nicely back in the box when not in use along with everything else meaning if you're stuck for space, this kit is so easy to put away ready to use another day.


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Setting up couldn't have been easier and to start me off I followed this video from the brand's YouTube channel to help me understand exactly how to attach my screens to the frame before printing. I found the inks to be extremely pigmented, especially the black and the lilac onto lighter coloured backgrounds. I think perhaps I should have used the pink ink on something a little darker but I'm going to be buying in some more blank materials to have another go with so expect an update post at some point! There is a little patch I missed on the tote bag but it kind of looks deliberate and rustic, but as I went along with using this kit it was very clear that despite it being very easy to use, you will definitely develop a way of working that is perfect for you and getting things spot on should come with practice in no time. As far as screen printing goes, this couldn't have been easier to use or clean up after.

screen sensation, screen printing, screen print tote bags, screen print clothes, screen print diy

screen sensation, screen printing, screen print tote bags, screen print clothes, screen print diy

screen sensation, screen printing, screen print tote bags, screen print clothes, screen print diy

screen sensation, screen printing, screen print tote bags, screen print clothes, screen print diy

screen sensation, screen printing, screen print tote bags, screen print clothes, screen print diy

As with any 'messy' art materials, the clean up can feel like a right ball ache but I literally just lay my screens along with my squeegees and spatulas in my bath tub and rinsed them down with the shower head. No stains in my bath, no splashing, the ink rinsed away really quickly and once I was finished I just lay them flat onto a towel to dry. Everything went back into the box neatly and are ready for use again tomorrow because I've invited my little sister over for a craft day so she can print her own t-shirts with me. She's only 8 but that just goes to show how kiddy friendly I feel this piece of equipment is. With supervision I think you could have a right blast with children over the summer holidays creating all sorts of things and I know she's going to really enjoy herself tomorrow! The screens are reusable so you can just keep creating, the fun you can have with this set really does feel unlimited...I was at it for 2 hours and didn't realise where the time had gone!

If you fancy trying the Screen Sensation out for yourself you can grab 25% off with my code SSBL25-9VIIL at www.crafting.co.uk where you can find a tonne of different screen designs, inks and accessories to start creating your own products. If you're a fellow artist, they also have blank screens available to make your own designs with that I'll definitely be trying out at some point!

Thanks for reading,





*The Screen Sensation kit, screens, inks and tape were gifted to me for this review. Blank materials like totes, tshirts & cards were paid for by me*

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