Illustrators have a long love affair with screen printing. Apart from being a creative and fulfilling process, screen printing can also open up new sources of income. (opens in a new tab) – with illustrators able to sell multiple limited-edition prints for art lovers’ interiors without an exorbitant price tag.
Screen printing stand is perfect for illustrators to explore through side projects (opens in a new tab), operating alongside freelance or full-time work. Fresh and experimental ideas can be explored and then sold through your personal website (opens in a new tab)Etsy, in galleries or elsewhere online (opens in a new tab).
If you want to try it yourself, check out Get started with screen printing (opens in a new tab). In the meantime, here are some beautiful examples of screen printing to inspire you…
Rose Blake is a graduate of Kingston University and the Royal College of Art. She continued to be part of the That’s it (opens in a new tab) collective and manages the site Workshop music (opens in a new tab). His hand-drawn serigraphs are characterized by a whimsical drawing style that is full of wit and sincerity.
Joe Wilson honed his printing skills at Leeds Metropolitan University and later developed a style reminiscent of woodblock printing. With great attention to detail, it has won awards and landed orders from many top brands. This piece, Birds Overlay, is a prime example of his draughtsmanship and creativity in action.
Holly Wales is a London-based artist who describes herself as an “illustrator and educator”. Her prints are primarily based on hand-drawn illustrations that are constructed with multiple layers of color. This print inspired by the 1967 film The Graduate shows how Wales can combine different elements into one strong overall composition.
Often found browsing Brighton’s vintage shops for inspiration, Steve Wilson has an eye for the experimental. He describes his work as being “somewhere between pop and psychedelia”, and it’s easy to see what he means in this shockingly vibrant print of a Polaroid camera. We can’t help but admire the time it took to line up this intricate print.
at Ben Rider (opens in a new tab) the punk-inspired prints are bursting with energetic colors paired with a pleasingly raw composition. His distinctive style has seen him work for Film 4, Heineken and Samsung, but he still finds time to teach. By creating works by hand, Rider hopes to break away from what he describes as a slick, homogenized corporate world.
Having studied both printed textile design and printmaking, Clare Halifax’s screen prints combine her interest in textiles with her highly detailed drawings of architectural landscapes of Britain. Flat designs still feature in Clare’s limited edition silkscreen prints evoking visual elements such as sea and sky. Clare’s prints are sold worldwide and in galleries and shops across Britain.
Using screen printing as her predominant medium, Alice Pattullo produces works inspired by British folk and superstition as well as mid-century design. His illustrations have a wonderful sense of Britishness in historical context. His illustrations are often original with a rich sense of muted color, often combining a love of typography with narrative storytelling.
Katja Spitzers is a Berlin-based illustrator who works primarily as an editorial illustrator in her home country, but also produces screenprints for Nobrow Press and numerous international galleries. She is a versatile illustrator working in many mediums, but is well known for her line drawings which are often humorous and endearing. Here is a nice example of his recent screen-printed calendar.
Represented by the Heart agency, Stuart is a UK-based illustrator who draws inspiration from his Eastern European heritage and all its implications in folk art. Most aspects of his work include tales of weird and wonderful characters and strange mystical animals, rich in patterns and shapes. His serigraphs are brightly colored, beautifully composed and highly coveted.
Ping Zhu is an illustrator based in Brooklyn, New York. His work has a hint of 1950s illustration for children and benefits from a clever and inventive use of brushstrokes. She currently has a serigraph for sale at Nobrow Press, to which she contributes occasionally.
11. Pierre Blake
Famous for his pop art (opens in a new tab) of the 60s, Peter Blake is as relevant today as he was then. He now primarily produces collage-based serigraphs juxtaposing images from contrasting eras and eras into an original, whimsical image. His prints sell internationally and can be found in limited editions in galleries and online.
Nicholas John Frith works as editorial illustrator for The the wall street journal (opens in a new tab) and penguin books (opens in a new tab), and parallel to his daily work he also produces an ongoing series of serigraphs. Often using just two soft colours, these prints have a childhood feel, with animals, woodlands and fairy tale characters all common themes.
Luisa Uribe has lived and worked in Bogota, Colombia since graduating from Loughborough University in the UK. She works prominently for children in her home country. While working at the London Print Club she produced this fantastic screen print of Little Miss Riding Hood, using only red and blue to create an interesting graphic overlap in two contrasting wolf and girl shapes.
Living and working in London, Laurie Hastings combines her intricate line drawings of people and places with the printmaking process, often using a single color in a dreamy, delicate repetition of patterns in natural settings.
Ester Mcmanus is primarily a comics illustrator who works and lives in the UK. Her prints have a whimsical, slightly spooky and compelling edge with a rich use of pattern and graphic sensibilities. Fairy tale like scenes and strange creatures and characters to create intriguing visual stories.