How to Make a DIY Animalia Screen Print on Fabric


How to Make a DIY Animalia Screen Print on Fabric

Animalia prints have been trending for a few years now, and it seems that you can’t go anywhere without seeing an animal print. This trend is due to its simplistic, yet brilliant simplicity in design. The animal print trend has become so popular because the modern home decor world has shifted away from busy patterns and colors to the more simplistic look of black-and-white patterns. With this DIY tutorial, you will learn how to make your own Animalia screen-printed fabric by mixing paints and dyes with different methods and tools.

What You Need

* Fabric of choice

* Paints and dye

* Brushes

* Scissors

* Water container

* Bowls or dishes

All About Dyeing


Fabric dyeing doesn’t have to be complicated. It’s actually a relatively easy process that anyone can do with the right tools and knowledge. You can learn how to make your own Animalia screen-printed fabric by using dye in different methods and tools. When you dye fabric, you are using color molecules to create a new color that is absorbed into the fiber of the cloth. The type of dye determines how long it takes for the color to set. For example, if you don’t want your fabric to be permanent, use water-soluble dyes instead of solvent-based dyes because they will wash out without damaging the fabric. With this method, you can mix colors or use one color alone on your fabric and it will produce an abstract effect.

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Tips for Successful Animalia Prints

Animalia screenprints are a popular trend that is sure to earn you compliments from your friends and family. However, if you want to make a DIY animalia print on fabric, there are some important things to do before creating your work of art. One of the most important things to remember when making an animalia print is the different tools, methods, and materials available for creating an animal design. For example, one method you can use is painting directly onto the fabric with acrylic paint until you get your desired pattern. If you want to achieve more of a realistic look, consider using this technique with white paint on black fabric. Another option is to use a stencil or template as your guide while painting on the fabric. This will help create cleaner lines in your design.

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In addition to these methods, it’s also important that you think about what type of material you’re using for your project. The type of material will affect how much paint or dye can be absorbed by the material and prepared for printing onto the fabric. If you’re using cotton or linen as the base material for your work, then it would be best to dissolve the dye or paint into the water first in order for it to be properly absorbed by the fabric. In contrast, silk and rayon fabrics should be treated with alcohol before applying paint or dye due to their low absorbency qualities When applying dye this way, try dropping small droplets of alcohol onto the fabric piece rather than pouring it on thickly.

Begin Screen Printing

If you’re going to create your own animalia screen print, then the first step is to create a screen. A screen is a special board that has an open mesh that allows ink through while blocking out everything else. Start with a piece of hardboard or wood that’s about 3-4 inches wide by 18 inches long and 1/4 inch thick. Apply white gesso all over the board, and let it dry for 20 minutes. Then, mix up some black paint and acrylic paint on a palette until you get the desired shade of black you want. After you’ve mixed up the paint, spread it evenly over the surface of the board with a paintbrush until there are no streaks left from the brush. Paint a second layer of this color to ensure maximum coverage and let it dry again for 20 minutes.

Finish the Screen Printing Process

You can use any fabric or even canvas to create your Animalia print. The most important thing is to find a paint that has the same color as your fabric/canvas, so you don’t have to worry about mixing colors. For example, if you’re using red fabric, mix red paint with water and vinegar in a container. You will also need an object such as a plastic lid, spoon, or paintbrush to spread the paint onto the fabric and then dip it into the dye.

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Use a spoon or plastic lid to spread the mixture of water and vinegar onto your fabric and then dip it into the desired dye color. This will create a simple animal print that won’t be very noticeable on darker fabrics like black but will be more visible on lighter materials like white or gray. If you want more of an animal print effect, try using two different colors for both steps. After each dip in the dye, spread some more diluted water/vinegar mixture over the area with your spoon or lid; this will allow you to get at least three layers before drying which makes for a more prominent Animalia design in your finished product.


The Animalia screen print is a wild and fun pattern that is great for summer! Try your hand at screen printing by following these simple steps.

1. What You Need


-Image of an animal print you like


-Pencil or pen


-Cotton swabs or paper towels

-Iron and ironing board


-Screen printing kit, available online or at your local art store

2. All About Dyeing

-Dyeing your fabric is the first step in making a DIY Animalia print. Fill a bucket with water and add just enough RIT dye to cover the fabric in the bucket. Follow the package directions for the right amount of dye.

-Dip your fabric in the bucket and then squeeze out the excess water by pressing it between your fingers. Layout the fabric to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

3. Tips for Successful Animalia Prints

-Use paint and a brush to trace the edge of your image onto your fabric.

-Use clothing pins to hold your fabric in place on the screen.