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Screen printing is a printing technique that can produce amazing works of art quickly and efficiently. The easiest way to describe screen printing is to liken it to drawing with ink and a stencil. The stencil is key to the use of screen printing, as it determines the image or text being applied to your chosen surface.

The Chinese were the first to use screen printing, which was then subsequently adopted by the Japanese. It was only in the 1900s that screen printing became an industrial printing speciality. Nowadays, screen printing is used for album covers, posters, billboards, t-shirts and much more.

The basic technique of screen printing remains, though the art has evolved with the introduction of the digital era. If you are looking to get in on the screen printing fun, eBay is the right place. Here you'll find many attractive designs adn tools to get you started.

The importance of the stencil

Regardless of the printing equipment you use, the stencil is paramount when it comes to screen printing. This is because the stencil determines the image or text you are intending to create. On eBay, there is a range of stencil styles from which you can choose to achieve your desired output. Aluminium screen stencil frames are particularly popular for this type of printing.

Why screen printing?

Screen printing has a number of advantages that are not available with other forms of printing equipment or printing rolls. In particular, designs that need to be printed on a dark canvas or require a high level of colour will benefit from screen printing. The ink is much thicker in screen printing and will dazzle you with its colour definition. The thickness of the material also does not matter with screen printing, whereas other methods might be more difficult with different types of material.

Take a look on eBay today to find the tools of the screen printing trade.

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