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Technical Tuesday: Printmaking with light

Updated: Apr 20, 2020

Not sure what to really call this one. The picture to the left is one from my own practice. It was the result of experimentation in a printmaking medium. Luckily I had a professor during school who considered printmaking to cover any intentional action resulting in a mark. That idea got me thinking about how to expand on tradition print methods.

Dark room photography was something that I knew absolutely nothing about at the time. But putting two and two together, why not replace the photo-emulsion stage of the screen printing process with another light sensitive medium. Taking the transparency of my design into the dark room and using it as a negative I burned it into a substance called liquid light (linked below). Then I ran the print through the bathing process to set the image. However being inexperienced in dark room techniques the image ran, but the name of the game is experimentation. because the image layer slipped in the bath the image became very abstract.

If you take anything away from this Tuesday, you shouldn't feel like you like theres a set in stone way of doing things. Don't be afraid to just try it. You may be pleasantly surprised by the result...or you hate it and never do it again. Either way you learned something.

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