What is Screen Printing?

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Adam Turman, Adam Truman, Adam Thurman, Adam Turnman, Adam Turman Art, Adam Turman Screenprinting, Adam Turman Screen Print
Adam Turman, Adam Truman, Adam Thurman, Adam Turnman, Adam Turman Art, Adam Turman Screenprinting, Adam Turman Screen Print

Screen printing is a printing technique where a mesh screen is used to transfer ink onto a substrate (in this case paper), except in areas made impermeable to the ink by a blocking stencil. A blade or squeegee is moved across the screen to fill the open mesh with ink, and a reverse stroke then causes the screen to touch the paper momentarily. This causes the ink to wet the paper and be pulled out of the mesh as the screen springs back after the blade has passed. One color is printed at a time, so several screens are used to produce a multicolored image.

There are various terms used for what is essentially the same technique -- serigraphy, serigraph printing and screen printing or silkscreen printing because silk was used in the process. The most popular screen mesh in general use is made of polyester.

Adam also uses a stainless steel screen for printing the metallics on the Woodland Series. Variation in the mesh size will increase or decrease the amount of ink that will be transferred to the substrate.

Overall, these works are an original art form-- not a reproduction. Cheers!