Serigraph - The serigraph medium
reproduces brilliant colors and heavily
textured brush work better than other
printmaking media. Printers collaborate
with artists to interpret the original
painting. There may be variations in
color and pattern from the original
painting because the artist was not
completely satisfied with a particular
aspect of the original and took the
opportunity to make the change on the
In the serigraph process, each pattern
(color) is first drawn free hand on
mylar with black ink. The pattern is
then transferred to the screen and
printed on all sheets of the paper by
the action of a hand-held squeegee
which presses the ink through the
open areas of the screen mesh. (The
open areas correspond to the mylar
pattern.) The screen is then cleaned
and the process is repeated for the
next color. Each color must be very
carefully lined up (registered) with the
first color so the resulting image is
sharp and clear. Both opaque and
transparent colors are used.
Since serigraphs are usually hand
pulled, it normally takes the printer
three weeks or more, working full time,
to print one edition of 35-40 colors.