Screen printing  is a consists of three elements: the screen which is the image carrier; the squeegee; and ink. The screen printing process uses a porous mesh stretched tightly over a frame made of wood or metal. Proper tension is essential to accurate colour registration.

Screen printing is used to print small runs of posters, display boards, fabrics, wallpaper and control panels of electronic products.

A stencil is placed under the screen and ink forced through the stencil onto the material below. Screen printing with stencils is best for blocks of colour.



  • Mesh is stapled to a wooden or metal frame
  • Masking tape stuck around underside of the screen
  • Stencil design cut
  • Stencil placed under frame but above paper
  • Line of ink placed at one end of screen
  • Use squeegee to draw ink across screen, pressing firmly
  • Carefully lift screen
  • Evaluate and repeat