So how does the printing process work?
Screen printing is a method of hand printing. Using a photographic process, silk-screen stencils are created for each colour in the design.
The image is printed by pushing ink onto paper through the tiny holes in the screen using a squeegee (love that word!). Each colour has to be printed as a separate layer to build up the finished design, each time making sure that everything is lined up perfectly and the ink is evenly distributed in the finished print.
What’s so special about screen printed stationery?
There’s nothing lovelier than opening an envelope to find something that FEELS beautiful. Before you’ve even had a chance to look at it properly, to read the words, the feel of the gorgeous thick card tells you it’s special. There are so many great options, but my cardstock of choice is a beautifully smooth, reassuringly heavy Mohawk paper.
Quality of colour
Colours are mixed by hand to make sure they’re all just so. Every pull of the squeegee creates intimate contact between the screen and paper depositing a crisp layer of colour with a lovely flat, velvety finish.
The world is beautiful, and I’d like to keep it that way! All the inks I use are water based acrylics, so no nasty chemicals are needed to clean them up. All the papers I use have pretty incredible environmental credentials and any waste at the end of a job gets composted and turned into vegetables.
From my point of view the beautiful thing about the screen printing process is its immediacy. I mix the colour myself, physically push it through the screen, and magically the design appears underneath.
I also enjoy its limitations. Having boundaries to push against helps get the creative juices flowing.