12/07/2010

The Screen Printing Process . . .

A good supplier of screen printing equipment is 'Wicked Printing Stuff', they stock just about everything you can imagine that is required for screen printing, they also offer very good advice.  I thought I'd include a step by step guide for new printers on the process . .

  • Screens are made by putting a chemical emulsion on a mesh surface.

  • Vector artwork is taken from Adobe Illustrator or Freehand and printed out on a film type paper or vellum.

  • The screen is then exposed on a light table with the artwork under it.

  • The light solidifies the chemicals around the design, and where the light failed to pass through, the chemical breaks down.

  • The screen is then rinsed out and what is left is the area where the light hit.

  • When screen-printing, one colour at a time is applied and therefore the cost will increase with each additional colour applied.

  • Likewise a separate screen is required for each colour.
You can then have fun experimenting!  Enjoy.

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