Printing a “screenprint”
Having done screen printing a hundred years ago, I always wondered if there was a way to replicate that process using a printer and if it would make a difference to the final piece? This weekend, with a little spare time before the crush of the holidays, I took some time to experiment.
Breaking out one of the recent posters from my new The Buena Vista | Mountains of the Disney Parks series, I first had to split the channels into separate photoshop files. From there it was a matter of trial and error to rip the pieces so they would print only their respective color.
When I compare the two versions of the print, one printed traditionally in a single pass versus the image printed in multiple passes there is a noticeable difference in the color of the screen printed piece; there is much more of the white of the paper showing through the image which brightens up the whole piece. While the single-pass print does not possess the same level of brightness. They are both excellent prints in quality, tone, and consistency but the difference is noticeable. I would not use this process in a daily routine, but for specific pieces this is actually a worthwhile endeavor for me.