One of the studio classes I’m taking this quarter is screenprinting, it’s a nice change of pace from working on a computer all of the time. It’s definitely a totally different thought process when it comes to design, however. I’m used to sketching some things, throwing them on the computer & being able to change them around at a moments notice. Not sure of a color? Just a click of a button.
With screenprinting, it’s totally different. I can sketch things out but the minute it gets put down it’s there for good! I spent my first two projects working out the whole process and getting more comfortable with it. For this third project we’re using a photo-stencil technique which allows us to design on the computer, create transparencies and then “burn” those into the screens using photo emulsion. The photo techniques are making me want to get back in the darkroom though!
Above are the two variations of the design that I came up with. At the time, I wasn’t sure exactly what I was doing for the final print so I thought I could test out both.
After my screen was burned with the image, I got to work cutting out stencils for each of the pieces. I’m able to pull everything off of one screen because the freezer paper allows me to block out the parts I don’t want color in! Pretty neat. From there I’m pulling different colors, I’ve started out with the ampersand and the labels for the two jars. It’s still a work in progress so it looks a little funky at the moment– getting this far took 4 hours! Next class I’m planning on going back in with the additional colors and finishing it up.
All art majors are required to take a certain number of studio classes (for me it's 18 credits worth) and they can be anything from photography courses to woodworking, metals, painting, calligraphy, etc. It's a really nice change of pace from all of the other classes and gives a little bit more creative freedom.