Where Did Screen Printing Originate?

The First Drops Of Ink

Screen printing was born in China during the Song Dynasty (906-1279 AD). It is believed these early printers were shoving ink through stencils held by human hair. The manufacturing of silk evolved these techniques throughout Europe during the eighteenth century. Seriously though, can you imagine the fibrillation of those prints? It wasn’t till the psychedelic '60s when screen printing made its way through the art scene - Andy Warhol being one of many great pop artists accredited for it’s rise to popularity.

These days, your artist begins with an artwork file of which they will separate by color. Each color will be burned into a separate screen (Image Carrier). The printer will then align your screens and begin printing. It sounds easy when you leave out all the details. You know the saying: "If it was that easy everyone would be doing it..." Well, screen printing is no exception.

Each part of the screen printing process is critical to the end result. From artwork to the registration of the print.  When you take your time to do each task carefully, it makes the printing more efficient. With today's technology screen printing has evolved to an exact science. You can finally get consistent results time after time.

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Let us guide you through the screen printing process!


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