Screenprint, also known as silkscreen or serigraphy, is a stencil-based printmaking technique in which fabric, originally silk, is stretched across a wooden frame to create a screen. Areas around the image are blocked out as in a stencil and a tool called a squeegee is then used to press ink through the unblocked areas of the screen onto paper. The process is repeated for each different element of the image.
'Making a screen print enables me to deconstruct an image that I might have conceived as a painting and reconstruct it in layers, which is very illuminating.' Basil Beattie
Text © Helen Rosslyn, A Buyer's Guide to Prints. Courtesy Royal Academy of Arts Publications.
Film by Wayne Derrick, Inspire Films.