I did a weekend screen printing course a couple of weeks ago, with Scotland-based artist Kelly Stewart at Swansea Print Workshop. We were working with layers of photosensitive screen stencils, based on original drawings. I used a little sketch I’d done a few months back when I was working on a community arts project in the Waun Wen area of the city, a very simple, quick scribble with a ballpoint pen into my A6 sketchbook.
The first step was to print a background layer in a dusky pink, leaving a focal area of white for the houses in the terrace. The stencil for this layer was very simple brushstrokes of acrylic paint onto a sheet of plastic. It gave me a painterly texture which I prefer to the usual flat surface of screenprints.
My family is raising money for Phil, a younger relative of mine, to have life-changing surgery in Spain. Phil is disabled by Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and the operation he needs isn’t currently available in the UK. I know times are hard, but if you’re able to spare a bob or two, please click here find out more or to donate a small amount to Phil’s crowdfunding campaign. Thank you xxx