My first silkscreen print
Post #828 • July 12, 2006, 3:46 PM • 57 Comments
Silkscreen, as a method, is totally obvious, unless you've never done it before, and haven't discovered the myriad ways to screw something up. Errors compound, unless you get lucky and something covers something else. By the time I got the result below, I had, in order of appearance:
- Decided that my first print of my own image was going to have five colors (three would have been plenty)
- Allowed old ink to dry on the screen
- Failed to remove old emulsion, which is now permanently stuck in the screen in the form of little specks
- Put on new emulsion too thickly, causing the one of the exposures - the drawing - to tear open upon being washed out
- Didn't clean the glass of the exposure table, causing a less than perfect exposure
- Mixed up way too much ink
- Didn't register with sufficient care
- Forgot to cover one of the other exposures with freezer paper while printing the last color, gacking a print
- Left the acetate I was using to register down during one of the pulls, causing ink to crawl around the front of the screen and blob onto three successive prints
Like the t-shirt says, oh no, another learning experience. The teacher pointed out that for a professional grade print, you make 15% extra prints over the edition for every color. Working backwards with that calculation from the 12 I printed, one might predict eight successes. One would be about 100% too generous in this case.
But I enjoyed it. It's a lot of fun. The colors used full-strength have a velvety intensity that is hard to describe, but is easily distinguishable from offset printing. It translated the method I was using in the Taichung Diary drawings into color to my satisfaction for the first time. Perhaps best of all, this paves the way for an Artblog.net limited edition poster.