Friday, 21 December 2018

20:20 Print Exchange - Botanical Screen Print

For the past three years I have taken part in the 20:20 Print Exchange as part of Handprinted's Studio Group. Each artist creates an edition of 25 prints that are sent in to Hot Bed Press. Once of each print is taken for an exhibition. The rest are divided up and sent back to the artists. Each artist receives a box of 25 prints back: one of your own plus 24 random prints!

This year I intended to produce a single layer screen print - a simple design that would be easily repeatable without too much pesky registration to contend with. Is that what I did? Of course not. Whoever sticks to their intentions? Obviously I got carried away and ended up with this four layer botanical screen print.

The layers are all hand drawn individually onto screen film and exposed onto a coated screen. 

I printed the first layer in pale green. I used a small hinged press to hold the screen and acetate to register the layers.

A soft pink layer was next - the registration was not too crucial for this layer as it just adds a bit of colour to the petals. 

The third layer I printed in a dark green. In retrospect I would have lightened this green a little so the contrast wasn't as harsh. 

I thought I would be finished at this point but something was missing. A very pale drop shadow was the final layer, printed with lots of printing medium and just a tint of acrylic black. 

Are there any other print exchanges I should know about? What do you think?



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