SELF-INITIATED PROJECT. DEVELOPMENT : SCREEN-PRINT EXPERIMENTS

Painting with acrylic on acetate then prompted me to consider employing the screenprint process. Scanning the sketches, I then had them printed on creating laser films. Taking these films to the screenprint studio was the next step to transfering these images on to the intended screen for the printing process to take effect. Stripping the screen, drying it , applying light sensitive emulsion and then placing it in the screen developer then became the next steps in the process. Upon completing these steps, the laser films were then placed in the exposure unit, with the films placed over them and then the exposure of the images from film to screen commenced.

Once this process was complete, the screens were then developed, by wetting each side of the screen for aminute.Runningashowerofwateroverstencilside, this process is maintained till the intended images are revealed on the screen. A sponge is then used in the cleaning to clear the excess emulsion, and is then rinsed. The screens were then dried in the screen drying machine for a period of 15-20 minutes, and afterwards taken through the post-harden process in the wet screen-developing machine. Once this stage was complete, the screens were then placed to develop in the drier for a period of 20 minutes with this stage leading up to the commencement of the screenprint process.

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Playing varound with the screenprinting process on various paper types (gloss 220gsm, black and white mountboards 300 gsm, bockingford 300gsm as well as acetate, made me appreciate the printing process and further helped to re- enforcing the decision to work with acetate. Also, engagement in different colour inks in the printing process helped in making the conclusion that utilisng black as the main colour was pivotal to the continuation of the project.

This is so as any other colour could be projected on the black, with it giving othe colours a base on which to stand on. Picking images from the print results (two on acetate and two on bockingford watercolour paper), I decided to continue the process i had initially started with,which involved utilising acrylic and ink on acetate. This was then restricted to the screenprints on acetate.

 

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I then proceeded to utilise the collaging teaching to apply the eye on the top layer, combining that with some indian ink and acrylic medium.

 

 

 

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