One of the key elements that can add depth and interest to screen printed artwork is a gritty texture. A gritty texture can be created in several ways, and in this article, we'll explore some of the ways to use gritty texture in screen printing art.

Use a Coarse Mesh Screen

One of the simplest ways to add a gritty texture to your screen printed artwork is by using a coarse mesh screen. A coarse mesh screen has larger holes than a fine mesh screen, which allows more ink to pass through and creates a rougher texture on the printed surface.

Add Sand or Grit to the Ink

Another way to create a gritty texture is by adding sand or grit to the ink. This can be done by mixing the ink with a small amount of sand or grit before printing. When the ink is printed onto the surface, the sand or grit will create a rough texture that can add depth and interest to the artwork.

Experiment with Overprinting

Overprinting is a technique where multiple layers of ink are printed on top of each other to create a layered effect. By printing a layer of ink with a gritty texture and then printing a layer of ink on top, the texture will show through the top layer, creating a unique and interesting effect.

Use a Gritty Texture Pack when Designing

Create a gritty texture without using sand or coarse screen mesh by using a gritty texture pack. These types of packs contain multiple types of gritty textures that enhance the textured look of a design while still keeping the smooth feel of a screen print. 

In conclusion, there are several ways to use gritty texture in screen printing art. By experimenting with different techniques and materials, you can create unique and interesting artworks that are sure to catch the eye.