Screen Printing: Introduction & History

“Screen printing is one of the early methods of printing. It involves the passing of ink or any other printing medium through a mesh or ‘screen’ that has been stretched on a frame, and to which a stencil has been applied. The stencil openings determined the image that will thus be imprinted.”



Screen printing was a type of technique that was first used by the Chinese almost 2000 years ago. They used human hair stretched across a wooden frame to form the screen. To that they attached a stencil made from leaves stuck together into different shapes. This was the first application of screen printing ever.

Later date, the Japanese adopted the screen printing process and techniques and used woven silk to make the mesh and lacquers to make stencils . The use of silk is where screen printing got its alternative name Silk screening or silk screen printing.

Samuel Simon is the first man who have introduced Screen printing to the west. Samuel who patented the fist ever industrial screen printing process. Many years later close to WW I, John Pilsworth of San Francisco developed the Selectasine method, which basically introduced the concept of multicolour printing using the same screen. Different areas on the screen were blocked out for different colour inks, thus resulting in a multicoloured image. Later this technique then became hugely popular and widely used for printing signs and posters in large quantities.


Book Binding Tutorial

Last week, we had a tutorial about book binding and different ways that we can create our own books whether its adhesive or non-stitching bindings. I find this tutorial very useful and creative as it is definitely something that I’m interested in of making in the future when I start a project. I have also learnt some useful tips and insights about the different types of book bindings that are available for us to experiment and creating our own.

Kiran have briefs us with some informations regarding book binding and some good and useful paper companies that we can have a look at one of which is GF Smith. A hand crafted paper/book binding comapany that use the ‘finest’ materials and the lated technology to create amazing books.

Here are samples of their work:

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In this tutorial Kiran have demonstrated an Adhesive Book binding, in another word “The perfect Bind”. A book bound with a perfect binding is a stack of papers hot-glued on one side. The cover is then folded around the stack and the glue is re-heated to make it stick to the spine. in some cases several slots are carved out of the spine surface to create stronger bond. Perfect bindings are usually created by machines, however they can be made by hand using regular bookbinding glue by bending the stack of papers at the spine side in a way that a mililmeter of every paper is exposed, glue the exposed surfaces and then bending it the other way, repeating the process.

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