In the Studio with Pace Prints: What is Screen Printing?

Artsy Editorial
Sep 10, 2013 7:03PM
The Grassland Series Screenprint 2 (Two Men in Field), 2008
Pace Prints

“The hands don’t have to belong to the artist himself,” Watanabe says. Screen printing is a printmaking technique in which an ink-blocking stencil is applied to a screen, allowing ink that is wiped across the screen to selectively pass through to the printing surface. Each color in the design must be applied separately, which means a number of screens are required to make a single multi-colored image. Watanabe walked us through the process of coating and exposing a screen to create a stencil and the laborious-but-fulfilling printing method—at times involving hundreds of prints to create a single work.

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