Screenprinting is a process that has been used for many many years to put custom images onto t-shirts, paper (posters), tote bags, fabric, and more. This is what a commercial screenprinting machine looks like:
Each color of a single image is printed separately. You can see that the t-shirts move around underneath the green, orange, blue, and black screens in the photo above. And by the end, they create a complete image, such as this multi-color poster:
Or this single color tote bag:
Over the years people have developed myriad methods for screenprinting at home. Some methods are fancier and require more equipment than others. I do an extremely low tech version of screenprinting at home which involves very few specialized supplies, but still offers spectacular results!
If you'd like to learn how to screen print at home, I hope you'll join me for a very special 4-hour live online class on September 12. Sign up and get more details HERE.
One of the reasons that screen printing is so widely used is because it produces vivid colors, even on darker fabrics. The ink or paint also lies in layers on the surface of the fabric or paper, which gives the print a pleasingly tactile quality.
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