We talk a lot about screen printing on our blog. Not only is it a subject that is very close to our heart, it is also a technique that we strongly believe offers our clients the opportunity to get some truly outstanding results.

We thought that it might be interesting to take a look ‘behind the scenes’ to explain a little more about what screen printing entails and where it originates from.

What Actually Is Screen Printing?

Screen Printing Is a Fairly New Process Isn’t It?

In short, the answer to this question is a resounding – no! The first documented uses of screen printing can be traced right back to the Chinese almost 2000 years ago. Initially, human hair was stretched across a wooden frame to create a screen (thankfully techniques have progressed since then!).

As time progressed, the Japanese took this process forward by using woven silk to create the mesh and lacquers to make stencils. This change initiated the term ‘Silk Screening’ which is still used in some parts today.

Industry Standard For Quality

When it comes to printing on garments, screen printing is now widely acknowledged to to offer the industry standard for superior quality. So much so in fact that the majority of graphic t-shirts which are sold in major retail stores across the world have been screen printed.

Can I Only Print 1 Shirt & Why Do I Have to Print in Bulk?

Screen printing is a purpose created process designed to be utilised in bulk due to the fact that the technique is ideal for creating results which are bold in appearance yet affordable at the same time.

The printing part of the screen printing process is actually the fastest part with much of the costs relating to the time and effort required in the set up.

Please Note – You will often find that the cost per shirt will go down the more you order.

Is It Expensive?

A variety of factors go into the final cost and as we mention above, the bigger the order, the lower the cost per garment is likely to be. If you would like more information, please feel free to get in touch and we will be happy to run through your options.

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