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Registration. Registration. Registration.

10 Jun
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Registration on the silkscreen frame

 

Registration is critical for a printmaker and when you start as a callow student it’s difficult to get your head around it, but eventually it becomes second nature. It also makes use of some of the boring maths I learnt in school. I did one tabletop registration for all eight of my recent silkscreens on women artists and fitted the registrations on the different screens to it. I used thin masking tape for the registration marks on the tabletop and the screen frames and wide masking tape to mask the edges of the mesh so that the ink didn’t squeeze through onto the paper except where it was supposed to.

It isn’t glamorous, but it’s important and it’s worth spending time to get it right. This screen has four of my women artist stencils on it: Hannah Hoch, Gabriele Munter, Camille Claudel and Broncia Koller-Pinell. The stencils were created with Speedball Diazo Drawing Fluid and Filler. The finished prints will be going to the London Art Car Boot Fair this coming Sunday. Please call in if you’re passing by Brick Lane 🙂

Suzanne Valadon Screen

21 May

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I’ve been away in Denmark for a week, visiting some dear friends, one of whom is a fellow printmaker. It was lovely to get away and just be a tourist. I deliberately left my diary behind (I still keep a paper one, not electronic) and I didn’t even do any scribbling. Just chilled out. But back to reality now. I’ve made a start on another small screenprint, one of a planned series of favourite artists. This is Suzanne Valadon, a French 19th / 20th century painter. I hope to eventually do a series of small screen prints to take up to the Art Car Boot Fair in London next month. I transferred my drawing to the screen with an HB pencil and used sable brushes to paint on some Speedball Diazo screen drawing fluid. Tomorrow, when it’s dry, I’ll move onto the next stage.

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 😀

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The washed screen

 

 

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