Which kit you choose will depend on what you want to achieve, and, of course, what level you are at. And, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t go for the all in one kit, even if you have never done any screen printing before!
Speedball kits use 3 different methods of Screen Printing:
Cut paper stencil screen printing method
Drawing Fluid & Screen Filler method
Photo Emulsion screen print method
Let’s find out how each of these methods work.
The Cut Paper Stencil Method
You can use this method with all of the Speedball Screen Print Kits, because all you really need is the screen and inks. But if you wanted to focus on this method, here are the kits for that!
Freehand paint or trace a design onto the screen using drawing fluid
Once dry, apply screen filler across the screen
Once dry, rinse out drawing fluid, & you have your design
Place screen down on substrate
Pull ink across the screen
That’s how to do it in a nutshell! There are many other important points that you need to be aware of, and I suggest you watch Speedball’s Tutorial. The first video in the 8 part series is right below, or visit YouTube here for the full playlist.
Speedball Photo Emulsion Method
The Photo Emulsion Method is the final way you can screen print with Speedball Kits. This is also the most complex method, but one that achieves great results.
Here are the kits that allow you to use this technique.
It comes with everything you need to get started with the three different methods of screen printing which Speedball employs:
Cut paper stencil
Drawing Fluid/Screen Filler
It comes with great instructions, both in a manual which is included, and in the free online resources provided by Speedball.
While it’s called advanced, this kit is also good for the beginner that has plenty of other craft experience. You don’t have to do it all at once!
Easy to learn
Fun to use
Good instruction manual
Create long lasting t shirt designs
Apply different methods
Good for making multiple copies of the same design
Screenprinting is not for making 1 tee
Limited amounts of the different products
The Advanced Speedball Screen Printing Kit is, as already mentioned, the biggest & best Speedball Kit. You can use it to complete all three Speedball methods.
Here is what comes in the box:
A single 10 x 14 inch Speedball Wooden Screen Frame and Base
One Speedball Craft Squeegee (Textile)
Four 4 oz. jars of Speedball Fabric Screen Printing Ink (Black, Red, White, Blue)
One 3.3 oz. bottle of Speedball Diazo Photo Emulsion
One bottle of Speedball Sensitizer
A 4 oz. bottle of Speedball Photo Emulsion Remover
Two Speedball Transparencies
A Photoflood Bulb
A Lamp Clamp
Four Craft Sticks
One sheet of black paper
The Speedball Screen Printing Instruction Guide (also available online)
You may look at this list, like I did the first time, and think ‘what on earth is all this about…?’ But don’t worry – it isn’t as complicated or overwhelming as it first seems.
Everything in the box has its purpose; everything is well labelled, and the instructions, which include step-by-step photos, are very good. You will be able to use this screen printing kit to make photo emulsion transfer screens.
Watch the series of tutorial videos (link above), and you will see that it’s not too hard. As with the other methods, once you’ve tried it out once or twice, you’ll be able to do it in your sleep (not guaranteed)!