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© 2019  Hannah McVicar

hannah@hannahmcvicar.co.uk         Bristol, UK

Printmaking

What is screenprinting?

 

Screenprinting is a printing technique that uses a woven mesh, most commonly a polyester fabric, stretched tightly over a rectangular frame. Stencils are applied to the mesh with ink-blocking substances, either photo-emulsion or paper stencils. Each colour within the design requires its own stencil. The stencil creates an open area of mesh for ink to transfer through on to a smooth surface. A sharp edged squeegee is used to push ink through the mesh in a fluid movement or squeegee stroke.

Why I love screenprinting?

 

It is the process of screenprinting that excites me. You can never quite tell how the stencils will work and how colours will react to one another. I use tints and transparent colours in my layers to create depth and texture. Often using over 8 stencils in each of my designs. I love the flat colour and vibrancy that a screenprint can create.