10 inspiring examples of screen printing

From children's illustrations to architectural landscapes, we uncover some inspiring examples of the screen printing technique.

Illustrators have long since had a love affair with the screen print. Along with the creatively fulfilling process the screen print also opens new doors. Alongside regular commissions illustrators can also sell multiple limited-edition prints that can be medium to large scale, perfect for art lovers interiors without a huge price tag.

The screen print medium is perfect for the illustrator to keep personal work running alongside commissions. Fresh and experimental ideas can be explored and indulged and then sold via a personal website, etsy or within galleries. If you'd like to try it yourself then check out our article Get Started with Screen Printing. In the meantime, here are some great examples of the technique to inspire you...

01. Clare Halifax

Screen prints: Halifax

Flat patterns predominate in Clare Halifax's screen prints

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 around Britain. Flat patterns always feature in Clare's limited edition screen prints evoking visual elements such as sea and sky. Clare's prints are sold internationally and in galleries and shops across Britain.

02. Alice Pattullo

Screen prints: Pattullo

Alice Pattullo's prints evoke a wonderful sense of British history

Using screen printing as a predominant medium, Alice Pattullomakes work that is inspired by British folk and superstition as well as mid-century design. Her illustrations have a wonderful sense of Britishness within a historical context. Her illustrations are often quirky with a rich sense of muted colour, often combining a love of typography with narrative storytelling.

03. Katja Spitzers

Screen prints: Katja Spitzers

Katja Spitzers' line drawings are humorous and endearing

Katja Spitzers is Berlin-based illustrator working mainly as an editorial illustrator in her home country but also producing screen prints for the likes of Nobrow Press and numerous international galleries. She is a versatile illustrator working across many mediums but is well known for her nieve line drawings which are often humorous and endearing. Here is a beautiful example of her recent screen printed calendar.

04. Stuart Kolakovic

Screen prints: Stuart Kolakovic

Stuart Kolakovic's work is inspired by Eastern European folk art

Represented by Heart agency, Stuart is a UK-based illustrator who is inspired by his Eastern European heritage and all its folk art implications. Most aspects of his work include narratives of weird and wonderful characters and strange mystical animals, rich in pattern and form. His screen prints are vivid in colour, beautifully composed and much coveted.

05. Ping Zhu

Screen prints: Ping Zhu

Ping Zhu's screen prints have an air of 1950s illustration for children about them

Ping Zhu is a Brooklyn, New York-based illustrator. Her work has a hint of 1950s illustration for children and benefits from clever and inventive use sweeping brush marks. She currently has a screen print for sale at Nobrow Press, to which she is an occasional contributor.

06. Peter Blake

Screen prints: Pattullo

Peter Blake's work combines contrasting imagery from different eras

Famous for his pop art of the '60s, Peter Blake is as relevant now as he was then. He now produces mainly collage-based screen print juxtaposing imagery from contrasting times and eras in one quirky and whimsical image. His prints sell internationally and can be found in limited editions in galleries and online.

07. Nicholas John Frith

Screen prints: Nicholas John Frith

There's a childhood feel to the screen print work of Nicholas John Frith

Nicholas John Frith works as an editorial illustrator for the likes of The Wall Street Journal and Penguin Books, and alongside his day job also produces an ongoing series of screen prints. Often just using two muted colours, these prints have a childhood feel, with animals, woods and fairytale characters all common themes.

08. Luisa Uribe

Screen prints: Luisa Uribe

We love this interpretation of Little Red Riding hood by Colombian artist Luisa Uribe

Luisa Uribe lives and works in Bogota, Colombia since graduating from the University of Loughborough in the UK. She works prominently for children in her home country. Whilst working at The London Print Club she produced this fantastic screen print of Little Miss Riding Hood, using just red and blue to create an interesting graphic overlap in two contrasting forms of wolf and girl.

09. Laurie Hastings

Screen prints: Laurie Hastings

Laurie Hastings is renowned for her intricate, line-drawn screen prints

Living and working in London, Laurie Hastings combines her intricate line drawings of people and places with the process of printmaking, often using just one colour in a dreamy and delicate repetition of pattern within natural environments.

10. Ester Mcmanus

Screen prints: Ester Mcmanus

The screen prints of Ester Mcmanus have a slightly scary edge to them

Ester Mcmanus is mainly a comic book illustrator working and living in the UK. Her prints have a fantastic edge, slightly scary and compelling with a rich use of pattern and graphic sensibilities. Fairy tale like scenes and odd creatures and characters to create intriguing visual narratives.

Have you seen a great example of screen printing? Let us know about it in the comments!

Contributor: Anna Wray

Anna Wray is an illustrator/author and a visiting lecturer on the Ba(Hons) Illustration at Cambridge School of Art.


Tom May is a freelance writer and editor specialising in design and technology. He was previously associate editor at Creative Bloq and deputy editor at net magazine, the world’s best-selling magazine for web designers. Over two decades in journalism he’s worked for a wide range of mainstream titles including The Sun, Radio Times, NME, Heat, Company and Bella. Follow him on Twitter @tom_may.