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What is the benefit of the Screen Print Method?

Written by Bianca Elgar

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Posted on August 15 2017

Why do I use the screen print method?

Screen printing is variety of stencil printing, using a screen made from fabric (silk or synthetic) stretched tightly over a frame.  In the latter half of the 20th century artists including Andy Warhol exploited the potential of screen print and since then it has been widely used as a printmaking technique but also to create original art, or serigraphy.

Beautiful blocks of vibrant colour can be created and perfected by anyone with access to a decent computer design package but I particularly enjoy the overlaps of colours, the deliberate 'over' and 'mis'-prints.  These create a form of wabi-sabi, which is the Japanese term for a beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete". Characteristics of the aesthetic include; asymmetry, roughness, simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the integrity of natural objects and processes.  Happy accidents in art, to me, can be the most beautiful. 

My most favoured designs usually happen at the most unexpected times, my favourite word in the English language is serendipity. Through unplanned, often accidental discoveries, I have found my most treasured gifts. 

To show you the process, here are some photographs I took creating my latest “Language of Flowers” collection.

1) How to use a cut out stencil to layer a design

The above image shows the shapes I created for the Language of Flowers print. 

 2) Placing the stencils on the screens

Laid flat, with plenty of space to ensure no jostling.

3) Build up the layers to create your design

The above images show the printing process in my studio. 

4) Layers of colour and detail come together

A quick glance and you'll see a pretty flower - look carefully and you'll see the many layers of colour.

 

Passion Flower Print 

Forget-Me-Not Flower Print 

Rose Flower Print 

Below, are some of the finished designs for the “Language of Flowers” Collection. 

Mixed Flowers Silk Scarf - MediumMixed Flowers Silk Scarf - Small

 

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