BEHOLD! my recent printmaking homework!

final print
acrylic ink on cougar coverstock

The assignment was to complete a screenprint with 3 separate screens and colours. Next assignment is etching! Anyway, here's the process (well most of it):


G3T Films said...

That's really cool. I'm not sure what that part of the process is that requires that huge machine with dials and so forth but it's totally cool! The design's pretty fun as well.

I do have to ask though, why do you look sooooo 'happy' in that photo?

Dave said...

Extremely cool shmoops!!!

I especially like the picture of YOU in B/W! *chuckling*

I too, wish you would explain the process for us "laymen".

Mallow said...

fun!.. AND lots of work! Good job Shmoopster. :D I like this flower motif you have going on.

poopee shmoopee said...

Thanks ya'll!

The screen is made from a super-sheer nylon screen that allows paint or ink to flow through it when it is squeegeed onto whatever ground (paper, fabric, plastic, metal, etc) you want. Basically, you need a stencil to block out any part of the screen that will remain ink free.

You can use paper or masking tape but you're limited in the number of times you can use the stencil. So I used the pink stuff, which is a light sensitive photo-emulsion that dissolves in water after being exposed to light. I painted an image in opaque, black paint onto tracing paper (a black image/text digital printout onto acetate works great too). It's placed under the screen, positioned centrally on the light table which uses a vaccuum to keep the screen in place as it's being exposed.

I was pissed because I was on the last later 2/3 done when I forgot to add retarder and base to my bronze acrylic paint before running it through the screen. Retarder extends the drying time of acrylic paint which is very fast. Base thins out the paint, which also extends the drying time. The first run through, it started drying immediately, which meant that the screen was clogged. I had to rinse it out with the pressure washer, which, incidentally, also washes out the photo-emulsion.

So, I had to do it all over again. Worked out anyway since it's the best way to learn - or remember.

Maat B' Oenito said...

My wrists hurt just looking at those pictures.