The Printmaker's Glossary: Screen & Stone

A guide to lithography, screenprinting and digital printing


Lithography is a printmaking process which makes use of the fact that greasy substances and water do not mix.  A lithography stone or a metal plate is used, and a greasy material (which could be an ink, wax or other material) is applied to parts of the surface of this.

The stone or plate is then chemically treated, and then moistened.  The water will adhere to the places where the greasy substance was not applied and will be repelled from the places where is was applied.  Oil-based ink is then rolled over the surface, and it does the opposite of the water – adhering to those places where the greasy material was applied.

Prints can then be made from the surface onto paper.


Danielle Creenaune

Quadern de Pedra 001

stone lithograph & chine-colle

£350 Framed / £250 Unframed




Screenprinting utilises a mesh stretched over a frame.  A stencil is used to block out the areas which are not to be printed.  The stencil can be made by, for example, painting glue on to the mesh or applying paper to it.  A squeegee is then used to push ink through the mesh onto a piece of paper.  It will only go through in the places that have not been blocked out.  An alternative way of creating the stencil is to apply light sensitive material to the mesh, which is then developed photographically.


Simon Tozer

Ices for Fish


£420 Framed / £220 Unframed




An image is created using computer software, and then printed using, for example, an inkjet printer. The product is not a reproduction of another artwork, but rather a limited edition work of art that does not exist in any other form.  The image can be made entirely with computer software, or using elements of physical artwork that has been scanned in and is then manipulated digitally.  There are also ways of printing digital prints using traditional printmaking techniques such as etching, through the use of photographic methods.


Gerry Baptist ARWS RE

Visiting One of His Flock

archival digital print

£1250 Framed / £950 Unframed



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November 5, 2018