Besides the above method of making ‘Paper Stencil’ prints, there are other ways of improvising on the end result of the prints, as well as being able to print more complicated types of screenprints by using different methods of preparing the stencils. This has been made possible with the advancement of technology and availability of better equipment and materials to the artist-printmaker.
The other methods of stencil making by the artist-printmaker are mentioned below with a short description.
Photo-stencils: This type of stencil is created using the ultra-violet light process to mark opaque areas on the photo-stencil which actually become the open areas in the screen. This type of stencil is very versatile and allows the artist-printmaker to print the most complicated images with precision. Halftone and other tonal techniques to achieve tonal gradients of the image are also possible in this method of stencil-making.
Screen Painting Fluid Stencils: In this method of preparing the stencil the artist-printmaker uses screen painting and drawing fluids along with ‘Screen Filler’.
This is a very simple way of creating a stencil and does not take long to prepare The artist blocks out the blank areas of the screen by using ‘Screen Filler’ and allowing the other areas to print and create the final image.
However, the point to note here, is whatever may be the method of preparing the stencil by the artist-printmaker, the procedure of printing the image is identical to all of them, and remains almost unchanged since the days of it’s development. They are all printed using a ‘Squeegee’ ( A flexible rubber or polyurethane blade with a rigid mount or handle ) which is used to push the ink out of the screen as shown in the graphic below.