When you think of screen printing, you probably think of t-shirts. And while we’re not going to say anything against t-shirts here, we will say that you can do better. (And honestly, we love t-shirts. Who doesn’t? They definitely make the list of our top five favorite kinds of shirts.) But we’re wood people at Plywerk. And wooden t-shirts, albeit durable, are highly impractical. So let’s take the best of both worlds and try a screen print on bamboo!
Screen printing, also known as silk screening, is an image transfer process that’s been used for centuries. Of course history is easier when you only look at the last 50 years or so, and that’s why we often credit Andy Warhol with making it popular. Remember those brightly colored pictures of Marilyn Monroe? Screen printing.
Screen printing is best suited for flat or relatively flat surfaces. The process takes a design and duplicates it on another surface, most often a fabric. But, like we said, you can also use it to print on other surfaces, like plastic or wood. And you can do it yourself! At home! Are you sold?
If you’re at all familiar with screen printing, this concept should be pretty simple for you. And if you’re not familiar with screen printing, there’s no day like today. Make yourself familiar. But you might want to practice on something before graduating to wood. And when you feel like you’re ready, we’ve got your wood.
Best of all, we’ve done some of the work for you already. Our blank bamboo panels are already smooth and ready to go. Plus, they’re also ready to hang. If you want a little support, there are DIY screen print tutorials that will guide you on this incredible journey. So get printing! We know you can do it.