Print screen experiments

Technique: Using a print screening board acrylic/poster paint is placed on the edges and the middle and paper placed on the opposite side. The paint is then pushed along the paper sideways and is transferred onto the page. This can be repeated several times in a row until the paint runs out. Then more paint is added if needed. Make sure to thoroughly wash the board afterwards.

Results: The results were some unique and different prints. The main colours used were blue and red which subsequently created purple. Whilst the pieces are experimental they could be considered abstract, and could be used to create an abstract vision of the skyline. As seen below in the first image, the technique has some space elements within it, in the colours and where the print did not go on the page (influenced my talcum powder in the first image).  This could represent galaxy’s/stars.

To develop the technique I decided to practice the spray painting planet technique using a plate. The idea was to see how the textures would work within the planet. Whilst this worked well I felt that using spray paint and taking the paint off with paper would work better within the composition of the final piece.

Below: comparison (left) spray paint (right) screen print.

Above (Spray paint on print screen before ans after dabbing and drying)

Below (using a plate to add a planet outline)

I prefer the planet before I filled in the gaps with spray paint. There is something organic about it within this composition and is more subtle looking. However in a piece with ink, glue and emulsion I feel the spray paint blends in with the materials smoother.


Close up of spray paint texture

I followed this up by layering the circles so that  they overlap.  As you can see in the silver it is important not to press too heavy on the spray paint capsule.

Overall the screen print method is a good technique for creating texture. It creates a rough and loose organic texture with different outcomes depending on the amount of paint used, this means the technique is very adaptable to different situations. Spray paint works well on top of the technique but works better with heavier materials that offer more texture for a final piece.



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