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Screen printing

Screen printing is a
printing technique that
uses a woven mesh to
support an ink-blocking
stencil to receive a
desired image. The
attached stencil forms
open areas of mesh
that transfer ink or
other printable
materials which can be
pressed through the
mesh as a sharp-edged
image onto a substrate.
A fill blade or squeegee
is moved across the
screen stencil, forcing or
pumping ink through the
mesh openings to wet
the substrate during
the squeegee stroke.
Basically, it is the
process of using a
mesh-based stencil to
apply ink onto a
substrate, whether it
be t-shirts, posters,
stickers, vinyl, wood, or
other material.
Screen printing is also a
stencil method of print
making in which a
design is imposed on a
screen of polyester or
other fine mesh, with
blank areas coated with
an impermeable
substance. Ink is forced
into the mesh openings
by the fill blade or
squeegee and onto the
printing surface during
the squeegee stroke.
As the screen rebounds
away from the
substrate the ink
remains on the
substrate. It is also
known as silkscreen,
serigraphy, and
serigraph printing.
One colour is printed at
a time, so several
screens can be used to
produce a multicoloured
image or design.


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