ReConsumerEYES: Screen Printing

by Lorne Holden I f you are a fan of this site, you no doubt know about the blast of beauty that appears each December known as the The Dolphin Studio Calendar. Originally created by John ffrench and his wife Primm, the calendar is now created by daughters Crispina her sister Sophia and their families. The calendar is a unique work of art – each month offers up an image created by a family member. It's also is a superb blend of creativity and information which makes looking for a day or date an adventure for the eye and mind! Feast your eyes on this below from a past Dolphin Studio Calendar.

January Dolphin If you don't know about this calendar, hop on over here and learn more about it. While you're there, be sure to join the mailing list, so you'll be the first to know when next years calendar goes on sale. There is only ever a limited supply – you won't want to miss your chance to get one.

How is the calendar created?

It is silk screened. Silk screening or screen printing is a form of stenciling. A screen of mesh is stretched over a frame. A stencil is then formed when parts of the screen are blocked off in the negative image of the design that is to be created. The open spaces, the places where the screen is not blocked off, is what takes the ink or paint and thus creates the image. The process is simple and creates striking results.Slkscreening process pic

Silk screening originated in China during the Song Dynasty (960 -1279 AD). The process was further developed by the Japanese and then adapted by artists in other countries who created newer methods. The process grew in popularity in the North America when the artist named Guy Maccoy helped create a large poster project for New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia during the Great Depression. Silk screening then became a good option for artists to reproduce their work affordably and in turn, be able to sell pieces affordably at a time when money was tight for everyone.

WPA image

Andy Warhol is generally credited for popularizing silk screening as an art form.His screen posters of Marilyn Monroe, printed in garish colors, are iconic examples of Pop Art. Other well know 20th Century artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and Helen Frankenthaler used the method, as did artists such as Lolita Lebron, who created posters in support of political ideals.Marylins Silk screening is a process that anyone can enjoy, even kids of course! A great tutorial about how to do a homemade version of silk screening if you don't have a studio or even a frame can be found here. It's a great project for a family on a wintry day at home.

Pssst! A few copies of the 2015 Dolphin Studio calendar are still available – visit the shop on Etsy to grab yours.

Lorne Holden is an artist and author of the bestseller "MAKE IT HAPPEN in Ten Minutes a Day/The Simple, Lifesaving Method for Getting Things Done."