Just Hit Print… Screen Printing

Today I will be covering screen printing. Screen printing is also known as silk screening or serigraphy.

Screen printing is one of the earliest methods of printing. It has been around since approximately the Song Dynasty in China (979 t0 1279 AD). Screen printing involves the passing of ink or any other printing medium through a mesh or ‘screen’ that has been stretched on a frame after a stencil or design is added to the screen. The stencil determines what will be imprinted and what will not on the printed surface. A roller or squeegee is drug across the screen stencil, forcing ink past the threads of the woven mesh in the open areas. Like offset and lithography, for every ink color used a screen is needed.

Below is a simple screen print process.


Creating the Stencil

There are several methods for creating the stencil.

  • Cutting the design from a non-porous material and attaching it to the screen.
  • Painting a negative image directly on the screen.
  • Photo-emulsion technique

Screen Printing Inks and Materials

A multitude of products can be used on a screenprint.

  • Plastisol the most common ink used in commercial garment decoration
  • Water-Based inks
  • PVC/ Phalate-free ink
  • Discharge inks
  • Flocking, Glitter, Metalllic, Puff inks
  • Caviar beads
  • Four colour process (CMYK)
  • Gloss, Nylobond, Mirrored Silver, Suede inks


Because screen printing can be done on a variety of substances, it is one of the most versatile printing processes. Screen printing can be done on clothing, textiles, labels, electronics, circuit boards, balloons, medical devices, snowboards, signs and displays.


Gocco (go-ko) is a form of screen printing that originated in Japan. Gocco is a self-contained compact color printing system that uses flash bulbs to thermally imprint and image on a screen. Because the printing system is compact, only small images can be created.

Gocco’s are easy to use; simply load the art, a blank screen, and sometimes a special filter into the machine, use the bulbs to burn the image into the screen, ink the screen, and print.

Below is an image of a Goco kit.


Screen Print Examples



Gocco Examples



6 Responses to “Just Hit Print… Screen Printing”

  1. OOOOHHH I want to try! Don’t give me ideas for a new line of crafting! LOVE this post! Thanks so much!

    • I am just listing a brand new print gocco t shirt machine on ebay and do’t know
      how much to list it at. I will start at $50.00. if you have any advice please
      let me know.
      melissa neufeld

      • kellyjcallahan Says:

        I’m not sure. You might do a search on etsy.com for gocco and contact one of the artists there.

  2. Hey has any body ever used usatees for there t shirt printing? I wanted some good opnIons I was goIng to use cafepress but my buddIe saId use usatees.

  3. I love to teach screen printing. Nice post. It’s always good to see other people sharing information about screenprinting. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Wonderful paintings! That is the kind of information that are supposed to be shared around the internet.

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