Now that wearing face masks is a normal everyday part of life, wearers are beginning to look at masks as a way to express themselves while also filling the role of safeguarding their health. Masks are highly visible, and something so prominent is a great way to show off your personality and personal fashion sense.
One of the easiest and fastest ways to personalize face masks is through screen printing. As with everything else, there is a right and a wrong way to print on cloth and other fabrics. These tips for screen printing on face masks will help make the task easier.
Know Your Fabric
If this is the first time working with the fabric for your face mask, make sure you find out what type of fabric the mask is made from. Different types of materials work better with different types of supplies, and some don’t work well together at all. The type of fabric can also change the way you prep, print, and allow your print to sit. Therefore it is important to determine the fabric composition before doing anything at all to the mask.
Avoid Toxins and Chemicals
Because the face mask is meant to be worn on your face and you will be breathing through it, you want to avoid using any materials and supplies that are covered in or made up from toxins and chemicals. Be very picky about the supplies you select to personalize your face mask with, everything down to the adhesive needs to be selected for close contact with your face and the potential to be breathed in.
Try Heat Transfer Vinyl
Because most masks are made with multiple layers of fabric it can be easier to use a heat transfer vinyl to apply a design. This method can be done at home with an iron once a design has been created or bought. Vinyl bonds well to most types of fabrics and materials so it is a safe option when you aren’t sure what will work on your face mask.
Use Screen Printed Heat Transfers
A screen printed heat transfer will allow you to screen print a design onto your mask that is more than just a word or cutouts. This type of design looks more like an image or work of art that is transferred first onto transfer paper with heat and then onto the fabric of your choice with heat.
Pay Attention to Seams and Designs
There are as many designs and styles of face masks as there are options to personalize. Pay attention to where seams fall and how your face mask lays flat in order to ensure that you can transfer your design to the mask and that it is even possible to screen print on a flat surface.
Make Multiple Screen Print Designs
Because screen printing is a method that takes time to learn and perfect, print out multiple designs to work with. Figuring out which one will work the best or if you need to piece together a specific screen print to get everything onto your mask makes it easier if you have multiples to work with. This is also true of masks, just in case you make a mistake on the first try. Having multiples or fabric available to test before screen printing on the actual mask makes it much easier to determine all the factors that go into correctly placing, adhering, and setting your screen print.
Once you have worked through each of these tips all that is left to do is screen print your mask. There are so many options available to you in both the color or fabric choice to the design you decide to screen print. Creating the first custom face mask is just the start because as soon as you get the process figured out you can create a mask for every outfit and mood.