Silk Screen-Printing is an ancient process also referred to as Serigraphy. In this age of fast everything, the making process of The Dolphin Studio Calendars is often misunderstood.
Silk Screen Printing dates back to the Song Dynasty in China 960-1279AD. Through the ages much of the actual process has stayed consistent with advances focused around inks, and making and adhering stencils. Silk has been replaced with nylon or some other sort of synthetic polymer.
To sum up the process, a stencil is made in any of several manners. There are lots of ways to do it from cut paper to high tech photo-emulsions. That image is fixed to a frame with mesh fabric tightly stretched across it creating areas that block the ink from coming through and other areas that do let ink be pushed through.
The screen is affixed to a table with hinge clamps.
Paper is ‘registered’ under the screen to allow the printed image to land properly on the page.
Ink is laid on the top of the screen and a squeegee is used to push the ink across the image.
The screen is lifted to expose the fresh print showing the stencil design .
The pulled print is moved out of the print area and the next sheet of paper is aligned for printing.
Screen is lowered. Squeegee is pulled. Screen is lifted. Print is removed and so it goes.
Each color is a separate screen with multiple colored prints requiring drying time between rounds of additional color.
If you are interested in learning more about the possibilities there are a ton of videos on YouTube. You might also like to research Screen Printing classes in your area. In The Berkshires, Shire City Sanctuary offers monthly classes for beginners and improvers. A more involved, 6 week series of classes gets under-way in Mid May at Shire City Sanctuary too.