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Screenprint Glossary

Squeegee? Edition? Artprint? Serigraphy? WTF?

Yes, all of these terms can be a bit confusing and you can easily get lost and feel stupid when reading the websites of screen printing artists and galleries.

That's why we started to list and explain the most important terms here - We googled that for you =)

A printing process in which ink is transferred through a fine-mesh screen onto the material to be printed. With very few exceptions, all of our prints are created using the screen printing process. Screen printing is simply our thing! 

A stencil that is applied to the screen to create the pattern or image. In one place paint comes through the screen, in another place it doesn't.

Unsere Schablonen entstehen durch Belichten des Siebes (das wird weiter unten erklärt). Man kann aber auch mit einem Messer Folie schneiden und so eine farbundurchlässige Schablone erzeugen.

A tool used to spread the ink evenly across the screen and an all around sexy piece. Without a squeegee we are nothing.

A mesh stretched over a frame to allow ink to pass through.

Screens can have different mesh counts, larger or smaller holes through which the paint is pressed with the squeegee.

Another term for screen printing, commonly used in the art world. If you wear a black turtleneck you say serigraphy, if you wear a band shirt you say screenprint.

The process of breaking a design into separate colors that are printed one at a time.

You can do this in different ways, for example in Photoshop. We usually design our motifs for screen printing right from the start and often work directly in layers that later create the individual colors.

The creation of multiple identical prints of a particular edition of artwork.

We always number our prints so that you know exactly which copy you have and how high the edition was.

A limited number of prints of an artwork signed and numbered by the artist.

Screen printing that is done by hand, as opposed to printing done by machine. All of our screen prints are printed by hand. 

A material that is applied to the screen and cured by exposure to UV light to create the stencil.

A process in which areas of the screen are blocked to prevent ink from passing through them.

The time required for the ink to dry on the printed material.

A handmade work of art that serves as a template for screen printing.

We create our designs in different ways. Martin works with ink on paper and then scans, Götz and Christian work in ProCreate and Illustrator. All of our designs are original graphics created by us.

The dyes or colorants used in the ink.

We mix pigments or finished acrylic paint with screen printing paste, a viscous, colorless paste that prevents the paint from drying out so quickly and blocking the fine holes in the screen.

The screen and stencil together used for a printing process.

The total number of copies printed in an artwork edition.

Adding colors or details by hand to each print to create unique pieces.