Sunday, January 30, 2011

Assignment 4 - Silk Screening Information

Silk Screening

If you have ever purchased a t-shirt with a decal or an image printed on it, it is likely you have purchased a screen printed product. Screen printing goes by many names, but one of its more popular names is silk screening. The term silk screening derived from the roots of the mesh used beneath the stencil. While in the past silk was used, today many prefer to use polyester. While explaining specifics about screen printing can be confusing, I will try to simplify the process into layman's terms.  

Common materials used in the silk screening process include:

  • the screen (made of silk, polyester, etc.)
  • ink blocking stencil of image to be printed
  • ink
  • roller/squeegee
  • surface to accept the printed image (like a t shirt)
Essentially you have stencils for each color you want to screen. These stencils reside on the screen. Using a squeegee you drag the ink across the stencil, and the ink passes through the negative space of the stencil. The ink passes through the mesh screen, and adheres to the desired surface. That is about as simple a screen process as you can get. 

Here are a few screen printing artists:
Roy Lichtenstein -
Andy Warhol -
Variety of peoples -

For more information see:

I also found these videos helpful (It makes more sense when you see it in action rather than read about it.)

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