The art of screen printing

The artist concept and vision + master artisan screen printer experience: the key to be different
 
 
Every printing is an unique piece and we work towards perfection and pay care and  attention to the smallest detail . As our admired William Morris did we  ove highlighting the authenticity of  art and  love printing beautifull daily- use products.

With our specialty  screen printing  techniques  we achieve beautifull visual results and  the textiles to print on  have tactile qualities . The combination of both  ( visual and tactile) make of our products a small piece of artwork.

Printing is for us a source of inspiration, creativity and enjoyment; we hope you enjoy it too!

 

 


Screen printing Process

Screen printing Process: first step

First stage begins with the design, next colours separation and filming cliché. We take special care of the fabric characteristics , caracteristics of image to print , type of ink, the inclination angles of the stencils´ weave …

 

          Screen printing  Process:  second step 

With all that well defined we make the screens, one for each colour. Screens for printing are usually made from wood or aluminium of different sizes. After that, we apply a mesh to the screens and continue with the process of cleaning, degreasing and application of photosensitive emulsion.
 
 
Screen printing  Process: third step 
 

Once the screen is ready , it is emulsified with a photosensitive paste. Then we  apply the cliché with the image by contact  with mesh and it is exposed to light from a bright source, an ultraviolet radiation, that passes through the clear or negative portions of the film positive, exposing the emulsion underneath and thus hardening it. 

The emulsion in areas which did not receive light (the positive parts or those protected by the opaque areas)  is washed away leaving those parts open. The rest of the emulsion, hardened by the light and no longer water soluble, remains to become the blockout stencil. 
 
The next step is to cover with tape the area arround  emulsion and  nest to the screens, blocking and retouching other  areas where emulsion have " open points" to make sure  the ink gets out only and exclusively through the printing areas. 
 
 
Screen printing  Process: forth step
 

Other very important stage is the tone preparation and fitting, colour intensity, thickness, touch, opacity, etc. Fitting the tonality in mass once the colour is printed, checking the strength of the coloration and contrasts and corrections.

We take the screent to the printing machine and once we match the different colours one with each other we have to adjust other parameters like pressure, printing angles and ink viscosity to ensure that image definition is optimal.

Inks are introduced to the mesh by pressuring with squeegees. Thus, the ink is deposited in the fabric. When printing formats are very big (we print up to 100 x 70 cm) it turns very difficult to do it manually because it is impossible to keep the same level of pressure in the whole printing area. This makes necessary the use of an automatic machine that is able to do this pull task of the squeegee.

 

Screen printing  Process: fifth step

During the whole process, it is necessary to do a continuous quality control test to keep constant the printing work parameters, if not, any difference, can ruin the final result.