Silkscreen (screenprinting or serigraphy) is a printing process which uses a mesh-based stencil to apply ink onto a substrate, except in areas made impermeable to the ink. The non-printing areas are blocked out by a stencil, and ink or paint is then forced through the non-blocked off areas of open fabric with a rubber blade, known as a squeegee, onto the paper. One color is printed at a time, so several screens can be used to produce a multicolored image. After the printing process, the artist can apply a glaze or a finish such as diamond dust, a technique pioneered by Andy Warhol in the late 70s when he found that crystals of pulverised glass sparkled more brightly.
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