Screen printing is a printing technique where a mesh is used to transfer ink onto a substrate, except in areas made impermeable to the ink by a blocking stencil. A blade or squeegee is moved across the screen to fill the open mesh apertures with ink, and a reverse stroke then causes the screen to touch the substrate momentarily along a line of contact. This causes the ink to wet the substrate and be pulled out of the mesh apertures as the screen springs back after the blade has passed. One colour is printed at a time, so several screens can be used to produce a multi-coloured image or design.



The printed examples on this page are from the Home.HOPE! exhibit. The art was was converted to 4 process inks, CMYK = cyan, magenta, yellow, and black and inks are printed as a halftone (tiny dots) to create the illusion off all the colors in the rainbow.

There are many techniques in printing, but the process is the same where each color is an individual screen and printed one sheet at a time.

01 File Prep + Print Transparencies

02 Coat Screens with Light Sensitive Emulsion

03 Mix & Test Inks

04 Expose Screens

05 Rinse Unexposed Emulsion & Spot Pinholes

06 Register Screen to Film

07 Print One Sheet at a Time

08 Drying Time Varies Based on Coverage

09 Wash & Reclaim

10 Clean Up

Repeat 1-10 for Each Color

Repeat 1-10 for Each Color

Repeat 1-10 for Each Color

Stack & Trim

All Ready to Sign & Number

THE FINAL Plus a little peek at some of the initial inspiration. Whew.



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