The fastest, simplest method of creating a stencil for your screen is with paper. This method is good for creating uncomplicated designs with basic shapes or patterns. More complex designs can be created using different techniques such as the Screen Filler Method.
Grease-proof paper, with the shiny side facing upwards, is great for making a strong paper stencil. The paper can be cut with scissors, a craft knife or torn to create textured edges. Using the 'paper chain' technique you can repeat a design across the paper. For your stencil you can use the cut out or the remaining paper.
|A simple geometric shape is ideal for use as a stencil|
Spoon the ink across the end of the screen nearest to you. With the screen lifted slightly from the base, apply an even blanket of ink onto the print area. Be sure to use an easy, smooth stroke with the squeegee at a slight angle away from you. This is the flood stroke.
Place the screen onto your surface and make sure it is pressed flat against the stencil, keeping it as still as possible. Lift the squeegee over the ridge of the ink and make the print stroke by pulling towards yourself. Keep the squeegee at a 45° angle with enough pressure to scrape the ink across the screen.
You will find with the first pass of the squeegee, that the ink will cause the cutouts to stick to the underside of the screen, creating a stencil effect.
Generally 10 - 15 prints can be satisfactorily produced using this method.