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History of Screen print

Before telling about the Screen print technology I would like to introduce older version of screen printing is called Lithography.

Lithography was the oldest form of our printing technology. In this process where the image of the content you want to produce is placed on a plate which is then covered in ink and used for printing. This process can be used to print on paper, cardboard and many other materials.

1760 lithography press

The material receiving the image or words you want to print is placed against the plate and the inks are absorbed accordingly. It takes great skill to make sure the inks are mixed correctly and placed in the right order. You can tel this one as a block print.

After with the technology development back in 1796 we found one new technology called silk screen printing. It ha no classic and definite heritage. There have no particular name or hero who discover this technology. No indisputable records has been traced to mark its date or place or origin.

Through no one man's name or no one place of origin is credited with the discovery of silk screen, there are writers in the field who attribute the process to the ancient Chinese and Egyptians, who employed open stencils for applying ornamental decoration to fabrics, wall paper and wall.

Gradually it went onto become popular in other Asian countries like Japan. It was not until the 18th century that Screen printing was first introduced to countries in Western Europe. In early 1960’s, an American artist by the name Andy Warhol largely popularized Screen printing in the United States with his first depiction of Marilyn Monroe in rather gaudy and bright colors. Several artists following that took the lead and experimented greatly with this unique and versatile craft.

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