Thursday, August 14, 2008

Deconstructing the Screen

I finally had a chance to deconstruct my Mimosa screen this afternoon. Having learned that the first few pulls of the squeegee often don't produce top notch results, I wasn't too terribly disappointed in this, my first draw:

What I did like was the great delineation of the small leaflets, which I think you can see if you click and enlarge the photo.

This is drag number three, with a bit more color coming off of the dried screen:

By the time I had done a couple more draws my ADD was taking over and I was getting pretty darned bored, so I decided to add some color to my remaining soda ash activated print paste. I divided what I had left into two batches and added a scarlet red to one and lemon yellow to the other. Realizing that I could easily make some mud if I wasn't careful, I only drew the print paste across the screen enough times to produce one complete draw. I was livin' then! The red wasn't quite as awesome as I had hoped, but the yellow produced some nice color. Then I decided that I didn't like the first three pulls at all, so I went back over them, the first two with yellow and the third one with the red. Here is the sum total of my 'work':

So, the top three are overdyed pulls, the middle three are pulls 4-6, and the bottom are pulls with first red and then yellow dye added.

Here is my waste paste as I was preparing to wash it down the drain:

Isn't that pretty?

Now my question is (and I hope Rayna will comment), is there anything worth saving on the screen? Here it is:

I think next time I would remove the Mimosa leaves, as two of the three stuck (as you can plainly see). The middle branch came off easily and there is still a lot of dried dye paste there. I don't think it is of any value though........but if it is, I don't want to waste it!

Between the monoprints that I was able to take off of the newsprint when I was preparing the screen, and these deconstructed prints, I think I can make an interesting wallhanging.



linda stokes said...

Looks like you've been having fun with all your experiments Judy.
I've ordered Raynas book too, can't wait for it to arrive.

Judy Sall said...

Ooh, Judy! Those are great! And if it were me, I would keep pulling on that screen... still lots of good dye there!


Laura Ann said...


When I do deconstructed printing I do not let any of the objects dry on the screen. I normally pull them off when they are wet and use them to print as well. There are two schools of thought on Deconstructed or Breakdown printing. Kerr does not leave anything embedded in the dye on her screens as they dry, Claire Benn leaves all the texture on the screen until dry then removes it. I think this is one of the reasons that Deconstruced is so fabulous - there are no right or wrong ways to accomplish the print. Your prints are very nice by the way!

Rayna said...

Hell, YES. Take the leaves off, for heaven's sake and get busy. BTW, I never leave anything on the screen.