Joshua Roberton of White Duck Screen Print takes you on a technical journey; using to turn original art into a striking screenprint.
Silkscreen printing is a craft that has survived the test of time in a fast-growing digital world. Software applications such as Photoshop have enabled its growth and kept it relevant, and the connection between technology and handcraft is well illustrated in today's screenprint.
This project features a piece of original art by illustrator Nicky Ackland-Snow, who creates poetic and quirky mixed media pieces. The Lolita image started life as a small 3D collage, but over the next few pages we give you an in-depth view of how, through the artwork process, it came to life as a seven-colour screenprint.
Screenprinting is a very involved process, and you'll need to print each colour and leave it to dry before starting the next one. Combined with the unique opportunities for customisation when you separate the colours in your artwork, this form of reproduction is a unique interpretation of a piece of art, rather than just a duplication. This aesthetically pleasing, commercially viable edition has the evocative smell of fresh print on quality stock, and is likely to awaken your creative soul.