How To Screen Print Onto Canvas Bags? [DIY Screen Printing]
Screen printing is an amazing way of decorating fabric-made things. But, you can take your screen printing skills one step further. You can even print your canvas bags with screen printing techniques. That's amazing!! Right?
We understand that, if you are concerned about fashion, carrying a generic canvas bag can seem a bit dull to you. So, we'll tell you how you can decorate your plain canvas bags with screen printing techniques.
Can You Screen Print On Canvas Bags?
Yes, absolutely. It's because canvas bags are made of woven fabric. To be more specific, screen printing is a printing technique that is mostly used on woven fabrics (fabrics that are made by the interlacement of two sets of threads in a perpendicular fashion, aka "weaving").
Now, because canvas bags are also made of woven fabric, you can easily use the same technique of screen printing on canvas bags as well. For instance, you can screen print many types of patterns, designs, pictures, etc., on canvas bags.
Not only that, the screen printing technique imparts a strong type of print on canvas bags. Consequently, the printed design and patterns on the canvas bags don't get washed off very easily.
So, it is safe to say that screen printing on canvas bags is a pretty convenient yet economical way to show off your taste for art. Won't you agree?
What Are The Ways You Can Screen Print On Canvas? What Is The Easiest?
The basic technique of screen printing remains the same no matter which environment you perform it in (at home or a professional printing house). All you have to do is lay down the screen printing stencil on the plain fabric and use a squeegee to lay down the ink on the stencils.
Now, it's worth noting that the main complication in this process is making a stencil for yourself. So, how to do this?
Well, as we have researched and found out, there are two ways you can tackle this problem:
However, in our perspective, we think making stencils at your home is the best and easiest way to go.
So, let's see how you can do that.
Now finally, you're ready to use that transparent film as a stencil for your screen printing. Pretty easy, isn't it?
How To Screen Print Onto Canvas Bags?
First off, let's see what things you'll need in order to make a successful screen printing on your canvas bag:
The steps of screen printing on canvas bags:
How To Print Pictures On Tote Bags?
In order to print any image or picture on a canvas bag, you'll need to make sure that you have the following items ready at your hand:
Steps of printing pictures on canvas bags:
Is Silkscreen The Same As Screen Print? Which Is Better?
Yes absolutely. The terms "silkscreen printing" and "screen printing" are interchangeable. This means these two techniques of printing are essentially the same thing.
Now, you might ask why there are multiple terms of the same printing technique.
Well, to answer it simply, in the screen printing technique, a porous screen is used to transfer colored patterns on the surface of the fabric. And in most cases, the screen is made of silk.
That's why the method of screen printing was formerly known as "silk printing" or "silkscreen printing."
Although screen printing on canvas bags is not a complicated printing technique, it can go wrong if you don't follow precautions in the process.
For instance, while screen printing on canvas fabric, make sure that your canvas fabric is laid on a fully flat surface and it is fully stretched. This way, there will be no wrinkles on the fabric. Consequently, the printing process will be very neat.
Also, we recommend that you give ample time for the ink to settle down and get dry. This way, the ink will be extremely permanent.