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Paint & Print

Painting and printing are great activities for creative development and fine motor skills. Here's some inspiration for your next painting activity!

Screen Printing Tips

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This idea is based on the book 'The Treasure Box' illustrated by Freya Blackwood, text by Margaret Wild shortlisted for Book Week 2014 Picture Book of the Year.

Experiment with collage, paint and paper to create an idyllic diorama scene. Recycle old and worn out book pages and sheet music or you could even photocopy some of your favourite book pages to use in the scene!

  • Step 1 Prepare your stencil. Draw or trace a simple stencil onto the middle of a piece of litho paper. Make sure the litho paper is bigger than your screen.
  • Step 2 Using scissors cut out the stencil (keep the inside pieces you cut out as they can also be used in screen printing).
  • Step 3 Secure the litho paper stencil (shiny side of the stencil facing the screen) to the bottom of the screen with masking tape. Tape all the edges around the outside so there is no screen showing. Don’t tape the inside edges of the stencil though.
  • Step 4 Prepare your fabric. Remember when painting a t-shirt or bag to insert some newspaper or card inside so that the paint doesn’t seep through.
  • Step 5 Place the screen on top of the fabric, positioning the stencil where you want it.
  • Step 6 Spoon on a small amount of paint at the top of the screen.
  • Step 7 Grab a squeegee and firmly push the ink down the screen. Scrape any excess ink off the squeegee back onto the screen and repeat in a different direction.
  • Step 8 This technique of screen printing is usually a two or three person job. You will need at least one person to hold the screen down firmly while you apply the paint to the fabric.
  • Step 9 Repeat as many times as you like.
  • Step 10 Once finished, scrape any excess paint back into the container and gently peel off the screen, starting at one corner.
  • Step 11 Pull off the entire stencil and clean the screen and squeegee. Allow to dry completely before making another stencil and new prints.

Materials used in this activity

Plastic Teaspoons
Optional
Product Code: 10017 Pack of 100
EACH $4.39 (inc GST) $3.99 (ex GST)
5 or more $3.07 (inc GST) $2.79 (ex GST)          
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Litho Paper - 380 x 510mm
Optional
Product Code: 10035 Pack of 500
EACH $65.99 (inc GST) $59.99 (ex GST)
4 or more $49.49 (inc GST) $44.99 (ex GST)          
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Splash Mat
Optional
Product Code: 10715 Blue
EACH $14.29 (inc GST) $12.99 (ex GST)
10 or more $10.66 (inc GST) $9.69 (ex GST)          
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Masking Tape
Optional
Product Code: 11775 24mm x 50m
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18 or more $3.29 (inc GST) $2.99 (ex GST)          
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Economy Silk Screen
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Product Code: 13031  
EACH $76.99 (inc GST) $69.99 (ex GST)
2 to 3 $61.59 (inc GST) $55.99 (ex GST) 4 or more $38.49 (inc GST) $34.99 (ex GST)
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Economy Silk Screen Squeegee
Optional
Product Code: 13032  
EACH $43.99 (inc GST) $39.99 (ex GST)
2 or more $35.19 (inc GST) $31.99 (ex GST)          
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CleverPatch Apron
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Product Code: 13771 One Size Fits Most
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30 or more $9.89 (inc GST) $8.99 (ex GST)          
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Product Code: 15518 Each
EACH $3.30 (inc GST) $3.00 (ex GST)
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Aquatex Fabric Paint - 500g
Optional
Product Code: 17909 Set of 9 Colours
EACH $109.99 (inc GST) $99.99 (ex GST)
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