Screen Printing : test 1 & problem
After watching the Ukiyo-e video, I understood a basic process to print by wood blocks and the way to separate different colours in Ukiyo-e painting. It is a really fantastic printing to make a ukiyo-e painting. Lots of materials and skills are used. A big paitent is required.
I thought that, if I don’t print by woodblock to do my works, would it be ok to print by Screen Printing? In woodblock printing, one colour is independent in one piece of wood. Also, one effect is used in that as well. In Screen Printing, a separate printing of each colour in films is required as well. Therefore, an idea of substituting Woodblock Printing for Screen Printing to construct my works was came out.
Yesterday, even thought it was my 26-year-old birthday, I spent almost half a day in Screen Printing workshop. Absolutely, it is a gift I give myself to relax a little bit and to try something new.
I used one of my works to test it and hope it to present the similar result in woodblock printing. The first stage is to separate different colours in different layers in Photoshop before printing. Secondly, print all layers in films and put them on screen frame for pre-press process. After washing and drying frame for build up the layers I want, color on paper by squeegee and every layer. The image will come out step by step.
Even though it hasn’t yet complete, I am conscious of some problem. On the one hand, it is too many layers to align correctly in image I want. There are 8 colours in it. 3 colours are done in 10 pieces of papers but over half of those are not perfect. On the other hand, it is also a problem that how to make some special effect by pigment in oil rather than by pigment in water. Some perfect colour gradient and shadow of objects are seen in Ukiyo-e painting. How to do those in Screen Printing? Perhaps it is why Ukiyo-e painting is attractive and catches my attention. I will keep trying and complete my work next week. It is a good test and experience. If I don’t try it, I won’t know the answer what it is.