|Natalie Wood (first ever screen print)|
I have always loved the process of printing, although I have only ever done block prints before and a little etching, although the negative for this is that I don't have access to a proper press to do it.
Anyway, the one thing I haven't tried, and always wanted to, is screen printing. I had previously been put off as it seemed as though it was going to be very complicated and require equipment I didn't have. Then I saw a YouTube video by Bill Flowers. Ok, so I didn't have everything to hand, but he certainly de-mystified the process. My first attempt is the very beautiful Natalie Wood screen print you see above. I was so happy! I can't believe it worked out as well as it did. Thank you Bill Flowers! (Seriously, go to this bloke's YouTube channel, he's great.)
And then I had a go at Gelatin Plate printing. I had tried this before but with absolutely no success what-so-ever. Turns out I had just been using far too much ink. So, this morning, I gave it another go - I am one happy chick-a-dee!
|One of my favourites|
|This was an old lino print that I pressed in to the gelatin, really like how these ones printed|
|I love the colours on this one|
|I used some sizzix dies to make the stencils|
Overall, I had a very productive morning!