Thursday, January 20, 2011

Screen Printing Process – Advocates for Architecture Day

The Texas Society of Architects/AIA limited-edition poster.

For Advocates for Architecture Day, Jan. 25, 2011, the Texas Society of Architects/AIA created 200 limited-edition posters of the Texas State Capitol's dome structure as a gift to state Senators and Representatives. The posters act as a reminder to the legislators of what is important to the architecture profession across the State.

Industry Print Shop screen printed our posters to give the limited-edition run a unique and special look. While the hand-printed posters were in production, we got a glimpse of the screen printing process.

Blank sheet is aligned to maintain a precision and ready to be printed.

Texas State Capitol image "burned" into the emulsion on the screen. The screen is secured to a vacuum table when ready to print.

Starting vacuum table, which keeps the poster sheet from moving while ink is applied.

Ink poured directly to the screen.

With a downward movement, ink is pushed through tiny holes on the screen.

Pushing the squigey back finishes the application of the ink.

Poster immediately after the inking process.

Stacked wire racks used to dry finished posters.

Completed posters placed on wire racks.

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