Screening Paula and Käthe

12 May

I carried on preparing my silkscreen of portraits of two of my favourite artists, Paula Mödersohn-Becker and Käthe Kollwitz. Yesterday I painted the images onto a silkscreen using Speedball Diazo Drawing Fluid and a small sable brush. I let it dry overnight and today I applied the Diazo Filler Solution. I dribbled a little onto the screen (laying horizontally on some props) and scraped it over the blue painted images with a piece of clean mountboard (matte card). Then I let it all dry again.

Once the Filler Solution was dry, I rinsed the screen in my sink with warm water and the blue Drawing Fluid washed away, leaving a clear (yellow) area which is where the ink will be squeezed through onto the paper. But that will have to wait until I come back from visiting a friend – in Denmark! Lucky me 😀


The washed screen



5 Responses to “Screening Paula and Käthe”

  1. paperstew May 12, 2015 at 22:56 #

    Looking good! Hope your screen filler did what was needed. I always have problems with the drawing fluid not drying well enough before dragging the screen filler over the top.

    • Rosie Scribblah May 12, 2015 at 23:06 #

      Thanks. I left it to dry overnight. Seems ok but the proof of the pudding will be when I print it 😀

      • paperstew May 12, 2015 at 23:44 #

        waiting with baited breath for the test!

      • Rosie Scribblah May 13, 2015 at 04:59 #

        I’m off to Denmark for a week to visit my Pakistani printmaking friend who married a Viking physicist, as you do lol 😊 I will get stuck in when I get back. I am taking my sketchbook with me, now which one shall I choose? Decisions decisions.


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