How many silk screen impressions does it take?

Posted on | December 10, 2008 | No Comments

“How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?” You might remember that burning question as a kid from the famous 1970 commercial. A similar question might be asked about handprinted wallpaper; “How many print impressions does it take to complete?” Lets look, for example, at our “Raspberry Bramble” in Aesthetic Green (410).

 First, you need to know that each silk screen pattern is printed one color at a time, one (screen) repeat at a time. Notice in the photo below our veteran printer Julian “Jules” Valdez is laying down the cream-colored ink for the blossoms in this pattern. Each screen repeat of Raspberry is approximately 17 inches, and each of our four large tables average 90 feet in length. So that amounts to 63.5 impressions per table, 254 total for the four tables. Now that completes only one color! Since this is a seven-colored pattern, to print all seven over the four tables means 1778 hand-screened impressions!!

 So here’s one for those of you who loved story problems in math class… how many impressions would it take to print this pattern all the way to the moon?


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