(silk-) Screen printing or serigraphy is a stencil printing technique that uses a piece of fine woven silk, polyester or steel mesh that is stretched over a frame (screen). The screen is first coated with a layer of photosensitive emulsion. It is dried in a dark environment before the image can be transferred onto it.

Screen printing

The design is prepared on a transparent film in black and white (no grayscale). This can be done manually by working with non-translucent black paint, ink, paper or chalk on transparent or translucent material. The image can also be printed digitally.

The screen is exposed with a UV lamp. The film is placed in front of the screen. The black image blocks the light, this part of the screen does not harden and is rinsed out. Where the image has blocked the light the screen is now open and ink can be pressed through it. This is done with a squeegee.

Screen printing can be done on different materials, the most commonly used are paper and textile.

Materials
Materials such as emulsion, various inks for paper and textile and films are available in our workshop. An A2 printer is available. We also have screens in various sizes: small (43 x 53 cm), normal (73 x 93 cm), medium (93 x 118 cm), large (118 x 158 cm) en extra large (145 x 212 cm).

Timeline
Prior to your project, discuss the timeline with one of our advisors.

Time indications

Applying emulsion, drying, exposing, retouching, second exposure* 1,5 to 3 hours, depending on size**
Cleaning / preparing screen 1,5 uur hours on average
Applying ink 10 minutes on average
Rinsing / drying 30 minutes on average
Preparing screen-print table 15 minutes on average
Printing Depending on experience, number of colors, size and fitting. Simple print can be done in 15 minutes, while complex print can take up to multiple days.

* During the drying of the screen you can do other things: preparing the paper, mixing the ink, preparing the screen printing table.

** Screens for textile and larger screens require more drying time.

Preparation
We would love to meet you to see what we can do for your project. If we can help you further, we will discuss your process. You can print your films at our workshop. This is possible up to A2 at Make Eindhoven. Do you want to use a larger size? Please contact the workshop.

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Investment
To see the up-to-date prices for the use of our workshop, please download the pricelist below. Prices for materials can be requested at the workshop.