Screenprinting: the inkjet's trendy (but very distant) cousin
When we hear the word ‘printing’, we inevitably experience flashes of anxiety about when we last changed the ink cartridges in the ol’ inkjet. Nowadays, printing is something you do when you need to fill out a boring form or when you need a copy of tonight’s dinner recipe. It certainly conjures feelings of necessary annoyance than an art form.
Screenprinting, however, is like the inkjet’s older, trendier, third-removed hipster cousin who prefers to do things the ‘authentic’ way. Screenprints (or silkscreens) are made by exposing a stencil onto a mesh screen using emulsion. Ink or paint is then forced through the mesh screen with a squeegee to create the screenprint. (You wouldn't have thought you could use a window cleaner to create a work of art, would you?)
You’re probably familiar with Warhol’s Pop Art of the 1960s, which used the technique of screenprinting to create the iconic ‘Marilyn Diptych’. While pieces such as Warhol’s look relatively simple to master, by golly, they're not. This week on the blog, we explain why.