What is silk screen print?

As a form of stenciling screen printing first appeared in China during the Song Dynasty (960–1279 AD). In middle of 19th century textiles and wallpaper were printed for the first time in Europe. Since that time silk screen continuously developed, also the technologies were refined and extended. In todays silk screen procedure a frame of wood, aluminium or steel is covered with a sieve made of metal threads, textile threads or plastic threads.

A stencil is formed by blocking off parts of the screen in the negative image of the design to be printed. Where the open spaces are then, the ink will appear on the substrate. Silk screen is known to be more variable as other printing methods. Usage of silk screen is manifold.  Most different materials of the most different strength and form can be printed on, e.g. PVC foil, metal, metal, wood, ceramics, textiles, glass and also paper.  Silk screen printing is used to create many mass or large batch produced graphics, such as posters or display stands. Full color prints can be created by printing in CMYK. B.t.w: The silk screen procedure is basically much more resistant to weather then other methods.

Also the application of special colours is possible. Those special colours are convincing among other things by her brilliance. There is nearly no restriction on a certain number of printable colours, because systematically layer can be applied around layer.

Trivia – Did you know? Acknowledging Andy Warhol who popularized – especially in the United States – screen printing identified as serigraphy. Warhol is generally associated with his 1962 depiction of actress Marilyn Monroe screen printed in differnet garish colors.