moonligh sample shirtMoonlight screen printing is ready to print your design or logo on any product you can imagine. T-shirts are a favorite, but we can print  on sweatshirts, aprons, bags, surfboard decals, stickers and much more. Check out our product catalog to view the hundreds of options and colors available to you. Are the options a bit overwhelming? Feel free to give us a call to discuss your options. If you already have a good idea of what you want, please submit a quote request along with your graphic, and we’ll reply to you with a quote.

A brief history of screen printing

Screen-printing first appeared in a recognizable form in China during the Song Dynasty (960–1279 CE). Japan and other Asian countries adopted this method of printing and advanced the craft using it in conjunction with block printing and paints. Screen-printing was first patented in England by Samuel Simon in 1907. It was originally used as a method to print wall paper, linen, silk, and other fine fabrics. Credit is generally given to the artist Andy Warhol for popularizing screen printing identified as serigraphy, in the United States. Warhol is particularly identified with his 1962 depiction of actress Marilyn Monroe screen printed in garish colors.

The most common method of screen printing is the photo-emulsion technique. The original image is created on a transparent overlay such as acetate or tracing paper. The overlay is placed over the emulsion-coated screen, and then exposed with an ultraviolet light source which hardens the emulsion. The screen is washed off thoroughly and the areas of emulsion that were not exposed to light dissolve and wash away, leaving a negative stencil of the image on the mesh. Modern screen printing presses are capable of printing over 1,200 times per hour. The record is 2,000 prints in one hour!

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