Thursday, 9 April 2020
Art blogs, #printmaking
Preparing a screen for printing using an artificial light source.
Screen printing is a printing technique that uses a woven mesh to support an ink-blocking stencil. In this case a light sensitive film coating has been applied to the screen prior to exposure to a light source. The processed stencil forms open areas of mesh that allows ink to be pressed through the mesh. A squeegee is moved across the screen stencil, forcing or pumping ink past the threads of the woven mesh in the open areas.
Screen printing is method of printmaking and is also known as silkscreen, seriography, or serigraph.
Printmaking has always been the poor relation of the art world. The print is something we traditionally buy as a reproduction of a serious piece of work (painting). The tradition of printing has evolved and the print maker maybe a true art form.