LOOK AT ME: Printmaking and Competition Time!
February 29, 2016
I’m a big fan of printmaking, the process itself, and the many beautiful ways it
can be done. LOOK AT ME was the perfect opportunity to make a screen print
from one of the book covers I’d designed.
I contacted the London Print Studio : www.londonprintstudio.org.uk,
a superb place offering a wide range of printing facilities, exhibitions and
courses – all under the careful watch of experienced technicians.
Having provided the artwork to the digitaldepartment in advance, it was processed onto clear
acetates, one for each colour – green, orange, black and gold. After choosing the paper colour and
thickness and cutting it to size, I prepared the colours by mixing the pigment with base paint.
I exposed the screens with light-sensitive emulsion and hosed them down wearing
mask and ear protection, see the picture above. The Power Hose is great fun, one of the
highlights of the process! Blasting off the unstuck emulsion reveals the positive holes
which allow the paint to be passed through.
A screen print is created by pulling through the paint using a ‘squeegee’ over the screen mesh,
working with one colour at a time, until it is finished with the final colour, gold in this case.
(It’s a bit like sieving through a stencil onto the surface beneath.)
The excitement of not knowing how each print would turn out was an intriguing
change to the very close, quick control of working on the computer. The overlapping colours,
the textures of paint not pulling through completely, the mis-registration of artwork, and other
imperfections are what make screen printing an amazing and unpredictable experience.
Look At Me by Sarah Duguid was published by Tinder Press
in hardback on 25th February 2016.
If you would like to win one of these prints with a copy of Sarah Duguid’s
gorgeous debut, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your mailing
address under the subject line ‘LOOK AT ME screenprint’
The competition closes at midnight on 14th March and full
Terms & Conditions can be read here.