Screen Printing

Screen Printing

What is Screen Printing?

Screen printing has evolved from the ancient art of stencilling that took place in the late 1800’s and over time, with modifications, the method has evolved into an industry.

The History of Screen Printing

In the 19th century it remained a simple process using fabrics like organdy stretched over wooden frames as a means to hold stencils in place during printing. Only in the twentieth century did the process become mechanised, usually for printing flat posters or packaging and fabrics.
Initially, although it was not a well known process, screen printing bridged the gap between hand fed production and automated printing, which was far more expensive. It quickly transitioned from handcraft to mass production, particularly in the US, and in doing so opened up a completely new area of print capabilities and transformed the advertising industry.
Today it has become a very sophisticated process, using advanced fabrics and inks combined with computer technology. Often screen printing is used a substitute for other processes such as offset litho. As a printing technique it can print an image onto almost any surface such as paper, card, wood, glass, plastic, leather or any fabric. The iPhone, the solar cell, and the hydrogen fuel cell are all screen printed products – and they would not exist without this printing process.

Screen Printing & Production

Screen printing is a technique that involves using a woven mesh screen to support an ink-blocking stencil to receive a desired image.
The screen stencil forms open areas of mesh that transfer ink or other printable materials, by pressing through the mesh as a sharp-edged image onto a substrate (the item that will receive the image).

A squeegee is moved across the screen stencil, forcing ink through the mesh openings to wet the substrate during the squeegee stroke. As the screen rebounds away from the substrate, the ink remains. Basically it is the process of using a mesh-based stencil to apply ink onto a substrate, whether it is t-shirts, posters, stickers, vinyl, wood, or other materials.

Screen printing is also sometimes known as silkscreen printing. One colour is printed at a time, so several screens can be used to produce a multicoloured image or design.

When & Where is Screen Printing Used?

Screen Printing is most commonly associated with T-Shirts, lanyards, balloons, bags and merchandise however this process is also used when applying latex to promotional printed scratch cards or for a decorative print process called spot UV.

All using the same process of squeegees and screens, the clear coating is then exposed to UV radiation lamps for the drying process.

Primarily used to enhance logos or depict certain text, spot UV is a great way to take your print to the next level.

Screen Printing Services

We provide screen printing and embroidery services for clients of all sizes.

If you have a small run of 20 T-Shirts or a larger run of 2000+, we’re here to help!

Our team are dedicated to printing and legitimately love their work, we take pride in each and every job and our main aim is to translate what’s in your head out into the world.

Minimum Orders

Minimum print run is 20 units per design. This can be mixed up into tees, singlets, hoods etc. as long as the design is the same across all the products. Anything under 20 units (6-19) is charged as under minimum, which is double the price per print.

Turnaround Time

Our regular turnaround time is 2-4 weeks from receiving payment and approval of your job sheet.

If you’re unsure whether or not your job falls under the regular turnaround time, send
through an email and we can discuss your needs.

It can print graphics and designs on fabrics such as silk, cotton, polyester, and organza. Silk screen printing is well known, but any form of fabric that requires some form of printing can be used in screen printing. Different inks work with various materials, including ceramics, wood, glass, metal, and plastic.

How to screen print on different kinds of fabrics

• Cotton fabrics. Cotton and cotton blends are popular choices for most textile screen printers. …
• Silk fabrics. Highly valued properties of silk include softness, high lustre and an exceptional warmth to weight ratio. …
• Wool fabrics. …
• Acrylic and polyester fabrics. …
• Jersey fabrics.
• When choosing the best fabric for a screen-printing project, it’s nearly impossible to beat 100% cotton. It’s easy to work with and tends to be suitable for most jobs. And, screen printing on cotton is less complex than printing on other options, including fleece, polyester, acrylic and blended fabrics.