How to Print on an Acrylic Sheet

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How to Print on an Acrylic Sheet
Use printer's ink to print on an acrylic sheet. (tube mit schwarz ölfarbe image by Lucky Dragon from

Acrylic is a type of plastic with a smooth, slick surface. Clean the surface with soap and water and then rubbing alcohol to remove any dirt or oil. A temporary print will stay on the plastic for up to a year---or longer with more preparation. Sand the surface under the area to be printed to ensure the paint will adhere. Apply a sealer over the area painted area to make it last longer.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Sticky back stencil sheet
  • Stencil sheet
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Quilter's cutting mat
  • Craft knife
  • Tape
  • Sandpaper
  • Soap
  • Water
  • Bucket
  • Soft cloth
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Tape
  • Printing brayer
  • Paper plate
  • Printer's ink
  • Spray sealer

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  1. 1

    Draw or trace a copy of the printed design on a piece of paper. Place the paper on a cutting surface such as a quilter's cutting mat. Cut out the design with a craft knife.

  2. 2

    Place the cut-out design on the surface of the sticky back stencil. Trace around the inside of the cut-out design with an oil pencil. Repeat the process on the regular stencil sheet.

  3. 3

    Cut out the sticky back stencil and the regular stencil print design. Place the paper on a cutting surface such as a quilter's cutting mat. Cut out the design with a craft knife.

  4. 4

    Clean the surface of the acrylic sheet with soap and water. Let dry.

  5. 5

    Peal off the back of the sticky back stencil and stick it on the acrylic sheet in the desired area. Lightly sand in the cut-out areas on the sticky back stencil.

  6. 6

    Remove the sticky back stencil. Wipe off the entire sheet with a soft cloth. Use alcohol and wipe off the sanded area and the area where the sticky back stencil was placed.

  7. 7

    Center the regular back stencil over the sanded design. Tape the stencil into place so it does not move.

  1. 1

    Place printer's ink on a paper plate. Roll the brayer back and forth in the ink until the brayer roller is completely covered. The ink should be tacky and should not slide when rolled.

  2. 2

    Roll the brayer over the stencil openings. Cover the area completely. Re-ink the brayer as needed.

  3. 3

    Let the ink dry for 30 minutes to an hour. Drying time depends on the humidity.

  4. 4

    Spray a coat of clear gloss acrylic sealer over the stencilled area. Let dry.

  5. 5

    Remove the stencil.

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