The majority of us know what screen printing is and how it works, but do you know when it began? And the specifics of how it works? The ancient process has come a long way (which we’ll dive into soon), and Goodbye Blue Monday in Boulder has been churning out high-quality products using a technique that has been modernized to give customers beautiful results. With new technology and high-end equipment, we want to continue serving our community with honest products. So without further ado, let’s learn some more about screen printing!

Screen Printing Boulder

The Beginnings

The first signs of the process can be dated back to 960 – 1279 AD in China. Other Asian countries like Japan started using a silk mesh to transfer color. Block printing and other techniques continued to advance the process, but it wasn’t for many years when the process started to spread to other parts of the world.

Silk was an expensive and hard to come by material so it wasn’t until the 1700s when European countries started screen printing and not until the 1900s when the process became widely used. In 1907, Samuel Simon patented the technique, which was printing on wallpaper, silk, or linen for the affluent English communities. A few years later in 1910, three men were experimenting with photo-reactive chemicals including sodium and ammonium bichromate chemicals with glues and gelatin compounds. They created photo-images stencils that would make a breakthrough in how screen printing was done. Today’s process is much safe and less toxic.

Screen Printing BoulderMore Recently

Finally, in 1960, Michael Vasilantone brought screen printing into the commercial world with a rotary multicolor machine, which helped to manufacture logos on bowling uniforms. Printing on t-shirts was just around the corner. During this time, Andy Warhol also made screen printing popular with his art pieces of Marilyn Monroe. Since then, new technology has helped to make the process faster and more detailed.

How Does it Work?

The traditional process started with a frame, in which a piece of silk, or now polyester, was stretched. This frame is the screen. When artwork is received, it is separated into different colors. A piece of plastic with tiny holes in it is created for each color. A t-shirt of whatever product that is being screen printed is placed beneath the screen, with the stencil on top. Individual colors are then pressed through the screen with a squeegee.

Goodbye Blue Monday

The more colors that can be printed, the more detailed a final product will be. Our screen printing operation is able to print up to 14 colors and also includes various special effect applications such as gel and puff inks. Our process is a long way from the beginnings in China, and we want to continue providing the Boulder area with the highest quality products with beautiful details. For your small or large order printing needs, you can be confident to exactly what you need, on time, and within your budget. We want to give all of our clients the best service, along with the best products. Give us a call today for a quote.