Coating And Exposing

2 Feb

Geeking Out

I spent a happy morning geeking out at at Swansea Print Workshop, coating my new silkscreens with photosensitive solution and exposing and developing images from the acetates I prepared recently.

It’s Complicated!

As they’re new screens, I started by de-greasing and drying them. Then I coated the surfaces with Azocol photoscreen fluid and dried them in the darkroom. Then I put the acetates onto the glass surface of our UV Unit and placed a screen face down onto each acetate and went through the process of exposing them for 2 minutes. Then quickly into the spray booth to wash them, which is how they’re developed.

It sounds complicated. It is!

Part of the Home and Hinterland community arts project in partnership with Swansea University’s Taliesin Arts Centre.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage artefacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

4 Responses to “Coating And Exposing”

  1. Koz Myk February 2, 2022 at 23:05 #

    Is this the same photosensitive solution that you used for the outdoor blueprints t’other day ?

    • Rosie Scribblah February 4, 2022 at 13:45 #

      No, they look similar. The outdoor blueprints are a technique called cyanotype which uses a mixture of ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide. The screen solution us a commercial one called Azocol – not sure what’s in it though, don’t think it’s the same

      • Koz Myk February 4, 2022 at 15:00 #

        I remember taking archtects’ blueprints for archiving in City Hall Cardiff waay back during one of my clerking jobs, in between colleges.
        BIG blue sheets to be unrolled then stored in Big drawer cabinets.

        Yes, quite a different cocktail in Azocol :

        Click to access 51-1.pdf

    • Rosie Scribblah February 4, 2022 at 22:26 #

      I used to work for an engineers department and they had a large commercial blueprint machine there. Used the same chemicals but it was a much more technological process

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