What is a Screen Print?
Screen prints are made using a squeegee to hand-pull ink through a mesh stencil. First, we take a mesh silkscreen and create a stencil using light sensitive photo emulsion. This must be done in a dark room. Then we lay down a thick bead of ink inside the screen and use a squeegee to push the ink through the stencil onto the paper. Unlike posters, you can feel the texture of the ink on the paper, as it is raised ever so slightly. Because each print is made by hand, and because screen printing is an imprecise process, each one is truly a unique art print. Screen printing is ideal for creating light colored designs on dark papers.
What is a Poster?
Posters are made using an offset printing press and digital printer. Offset printing is a technique that has been around since the early 1900s and has changed very little since. An offset press uses a set of rollers to transfer ink from a metal plate to the paper. First, the design is carved into the plate. Next, paper is fed into the press and ink is transferred from the plate, to a rubber blanket, and finally to the paper. Offset printing allows us to quickly produce the same print in large quantities. It is ideal for creating bright and dark colored designs on white and other light colored paper.
We also use digital ink jet and laser jet printers to produce canvas prints and some of our posters. Digital printing uses high quality Epson inks, and allows us to create custom color options for any of our designs.