Dancing Butterflies T-Shirt
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Dancing Butterflies T-Shirt

You won’t believe how easy it is to create your own screen print designs using the Tulip® ScreenIt™! Simply find or create the design you want, create a print screen, add your colors to a favorite tee and you’ve got a look all your own made at home!

Designed by Lauren Binci, courtesy of iLoveToCreate®.

Craft Time: 60+ minutes
Uses Recycled Items: No
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Material List

  • Tulip® ScreenIt(TM/MC) All-in-one Screen Printing System
  • Tulip® Soft® Fabric Paint – Ebony Matte, Turquoise Matte, Periwinkle Matte and Lime Matte
  • Aleene’s® Repositionable Tacky Spray™
  • T-Shirt – White
  • Non-abrasive Sponge, Small

Project Instructions

Draw or print artwork onto standard white copy paper. Note: all printing must be solid black. (Two designs were used to create this T-shirt. You may only need one.) Using desired artwork, create screen(s) following the instructions provided in the Tulip® ScreenIt™ kit to burn each print screen as needed. You will need a small non-abrasive sponge for this task.

Once designs are completed, pick which will be the background and which will be the foreground or focus. For this project, the butterfly is the foreground and the doodle scroll design is the background.

Position the fabric for screen printing.

BACKGROUND: Position doodle scroll screen on base and lock screen into place. Squeeze a thin layer of Ebony Tulip® Soft® Fabric Paint down on top edge of screen and using the squeegee provided, swipe the paint across the print screen to evenly distribute. To avoid blurring wet paint, rinse screen and repeat process two more times, waiting five minutes between applications. When complete, immediately clean screen with water. Do not scrub. Store for future use. Allow paint on shirt to dry for one hour.

FOREGROUND: Position screen on base and lock screen into place. To create side-to-side gradation effect, place a line of paint on left side of the screen and pull paint over the screen to the right. (NOTE: since background paint will be dry to the touch it will be ok to allow designs to overlap during this step.) This design used Periwinkle paint at the top and Turquoise paint at the bottom. When pulling the paint across, the paint mixes to create a one-of-a-kind look. Carefully rinse screen. Repeat process for second butterfly, adjusting the colors to Turquoise and Lime for the bottom butterfly.

When complete, carefully peel away print screen and immediately clean with water. Do not scrub. Store for future use.

Allow all designs to dry flat for four hours. Wait 72 hours before washing.


To help reduce shifting of design when screen printing, spray a light coat of Aleene’s® Repositionable Tacky Spray™ on shirt then press screen onto fabric.