Straight from Moleskine.com, check out the above video of silk screen printing to customise Moleskine notebooks. Moleskine have really been branching out lately with limited editions, like the Peanuts and Pac-Man series released late last year and are using several processes such as hot foil stamping, blind embossing and silk screen printing to customise these editions.
The silk screen process is a technique used fairly widely by notebook and stationery makers for coloured images with fine detail. To quote Moleskine: "It comes from the stencil process and follows the same principles. Areas of the frame are blocked off with a non-permeable material -generally a photosensitive emulsion exposed to the ultra-violet light- which is a negative of the image to be printed. The open spaces are where the color appears"
In addition to a couple of Field Notes videos we have posted recently, and below, this silk screen printing is a great behind the scenes look for us, the fans of stationery, to see just how they do it. All three videos have a comfortingly high level of hands on activity. If you've read Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut, you could be forgiven for worrying that man had been made obsolete by machine...but surely not in the world of stationery! Take a look!