Screenprinting

6 Oct 2016- Practical Workshop, Introduction to Screenprinting, with Dave Fortune and Frea Buckler.

Dave Fortune Screenprinting Workshop.
Dave Fortune Screenprinting Workshop.

It is easiest for me to think of screenprinting as an additive process. The adding of layers. This feels natural to me, as many things we do in life involves building. Like a recipe of sorts. It also may feel natural as it is a process that is in the vocabulary of most people, especially these days. Quirky and humorous anthropomorphic creatures are often created through this process. Cards, prints and T-shirts are made this way. Perfect for illustrators.

I am not an illustrator, and have attempted to screen print photographic images. I have had mixed results, but have since learned, and am eager to test, that simple decisions like using a fine mesh screen will provide more detail, perfect for photographic imagery.

Print dryer

Adding a bit of warmth to black ink was a trick that Dave Fortune showed us, perfect for one colour printing. Black can be harsh when the only colour, and softening it with, in this case a touch of Aubergine, was well considered.

I have not colour separated a photographic image yet, I have only used one colour, but I am keen to attempt to create an image like this:

One of my photographs I would like to screenprint.
One of my photographs I would like to screenprint.

So far, my biggest difficulty has been creating photographic transparencies. Probably because numbers are involved and it is slightly technical when it comes to dithering, halftones, and outputs, but I must crack this nut. And of course, if I want to introduce layers of colour, then I need to master one colour first. Watch this space.

Screenprint from workshop.
Screenprint from workshop.
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