At last, screenprinting

I had been mulling over ways of just managing to make more work. The technique of acrylic medium photo-transfer I’ve been using for backgrounds isn’t difficult but it does take time and it does need time between stages, e.g. to let the acrylic cure. So, finally, I decided I needed to try screen printing. That would also allow me to introduce bright colour more easily. Most of my source photos are black and white and I haven’t found a way of colourising them in Photoshop that is time-efficient, that I can do well, and that gives me the result I want.

So here is my first attempt: a tiled version of an image of the block of flats where we lived as children. 

The print isn’t completely even: the size of the screen means I’m having to use an arm to move the squeegee and I find it hard to exert enough pressure through the pull. I hope I will get better with practice, because it’s unlikely I’m going to get bigger or stronger. It’s something I didn’t appreciate when I decided to go for multiple images on one screen, not a single image repeated across the paper. This is still a better way to make backgrounds for drawings, not perfect individual prints; pulling 12 separate images for each sheet would take much more time and I might still not be very good at it.