SCREEN PRINTING WORKSHOP: Decaying Strawberry

In this print workshop, I learnt about screen printing and colour blending. I found it very interesting that the more pulls you make on the screen the more blended the colours were. I experimented with stencils and pulling over the top of them with new colours to leave the old ones exposed underneath the stencil. I wanted to relate this workshop to my investigation into decay so I cut out a stencil from newsprint of a moulding strawberry. I was incredibly happy with the amount of detail I was able to pick up on the print through this method. Below is my Final Print. Having the colours coming through underneath is highly effective.

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Below are some practice prints I made by pulling coloured ink onto plain white paper. I managed to achieve quite a detailed result.

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I enjoyed learning about printing on top of prints and new techniques within screen printing. I think Print is something I would like to experiment with more in the future. It is great that all these facilities and areas of fine art are available to me. It encourages me to think about making work that usually I probably wouldn’t have experimented with.


PAINTING AND DRAWING EXPERIMENTS

Here are some images of a few painting and drawing experiments I have produced relating to moulding fruit and vegetables. I have experimented here with backgrounds, I painted a simple acrylic wash in the colours of moulds and drawn and painted on top of them with different sized pens to explore a variety of different effects. Personally I quite like the solid painting with a dabbing technique over the top of a more transparent wash, it adds importance and solidity to the item of food I am trying to portray. I like the idea of starting with a simple background and working on top of it and it is definitely something I think I could work with on bigger pieces further down the line in my project.

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The thicker pen lines make the drawings look too cartoony and not as professional in my opinion. The thinner pen line looks much more presentable and fitting for capturing the essence of decaying food items.

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I like the thin pen lines in this piece and the way that you can see the background through the strawberry, this is also a nice effect to have within a drawing and the slight highlights make it look more three-dimensional. Cross hatching on top of colour looks far more appealing.

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I think adding a background to the work also changes the colour of the piece as a whole, so the darker backgrounds tend to dull the colours you apply on top a little bit which is a highly desirable effect to suit the credentials of my project. I may experiment with more drawing on top of grounds and incorporate other medias like charcoal or pastels.