Sunday, April 25, 2010

Silkscreen discharge

Last night I made up some screens, drawing with Elmer's washable school glue gel, hoping to go outside and try some screen discharge. When I got up, it was pouring outside -- I mean POURING! Bummer.
Then all of a sudden, it totally cleared up, the sun came out, the birds were singing, the squirrels were frolicking...

And I hauled my gear outside.

This screen was writing, but didn't discharge well at all. It's the same bolt of fabric that I used for discharge last week, when it performed beautifully. Maybe the sun was a problem? Of course, part of the fun of discharge is it's unpredictability.

I was looking at the lino-cut prints of the tree when I was drawing on screens last night, so I drew that too. You can see where the watercolor sticks stained the screen, but it didn't affect the mesh.
I love how quickly this purple Kona discharges and the color it turns into. This is right before the next storm hit and I hightailed it back inside.

This wound up looking better after the washout.
I got 6-7 prints off of each screen before the glue degraded and started peeling off. .

This was from a third screen -- just some doodling

I love this piece...and that tree.

I was really pleased with the way there's a white ring around the moon and all the tiny white branches (that don't really show in the photo). It has a batik-like look to it. I'll probably be drawing that tree in hot wax next...


Dale Anne Potter said...

LOVE them all!
Inspired me to add discharging list for this week, now I hope it clears up & warms up.

Vicki W said...

Those trees are spectacular!

Gisela Towner said...

Thank you so much!
We have a couple of sunny days in the forecast -- can't wait to get back out there!

I just looked outside and the moon is getting full...