Serigraphy is a stencil process of printing that utilizes a tightly stretched screen across a frame. The stencil is made by blocking areas of the screen with a nonporous material. (Right) A screen stencil, resting 1/8 inch over the artwork surface, is flooded with green ink as I pull an elastic blade (squeegee) gently down and toward me. This action forces the stencil in contact with the artwork and the ink evacuates the unobstructed screen openings. Ink within the adjacent screen pores adhere to one another on the artwork surface and becomes a solid printed shape. A negative ink impression of the stencil results on the artwork surface. Generally, each colors requires a different stencil and a separate ink application. The process provides an accurate even paint impression of the stencil. The size of the pore determines the amount of ink distributed.
Screen stencils are made through a number of techniques. Read further for an explanation of a innovative process I developed to make large inexpensive screen-stencils for a high-tech mural entitled “Utah_Harvest.”

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