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Introduction to handmade printing techniques 2012

Initiation in 2012 during Fine Arts studies.
1. INTAGLIO ENGRAVING (gravure à la taille-douce)

After some inspirational research, I found Gérard Fromanger's work. It was a French contemporary artist who was inspired by electrocardiogram graphics and Paris metro lines. So, I created a sketch of my portrait in an abstract way: as Fromanger's art work I used an association of graphical lines to realize this autoportrait.

After that, I printed a smaller copy of the design to fit the size of the metal plate. With a carbonless sheet, I transferred my drawing and I proceeded to a direct cutting with a drypoint on the metal. Intaglio technique is a process where the hollowed out parts of the metal are filled with ink. The rest is wiped.

A special slightly wet paper and a press were then used to print only the ink-filled hollows of the metal.
Thanks to this technique, drawing could be print in multiple copies.
Art work inspiration from Gérard Fromanger
STEPS 1 & 2: Drawing & Intaglio engraving
FINAL STEP: Printing in several copies
Setting the scene
2. SILKSCREEN (sérigraphie)

Silkscreen is a direct printing technique that allows to apply ink directly on the support through a screen (as a stencil). This technique requires the creation of one screen per color, possibly another for the undercoat. Final result will have a high color density and color saturation. It's an artisanal time-consuming process to print on paper, generally appreciate by illustrators. Today, serigraphy is mainly used to add illustrations on textile.

But during the 1960s, silkscreen was brought to the forefront by famous artists of the Pop Art movement, such as Andy Warhol. Indeed, he used this technique to create repeated and colorful images. His most popular works include prints of Marilyn Monroe and Campbell's Soup.

So I tested and I discovered this technique during my studies thanks to an initiation. Work done is directly inspired by Pop Art and Andy Warhol. Below, I describe the process and I show all supports I created and I used to achieve the final prints (last image).
The different steps in silkscreen
STEP 1: Drawings
STEP 2: Design of silkscreen templates (thanks to tracing paper and rhodoid)
FINAL STEP: Printing in several copies
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Introduction to handmade printing techniques 2012

Introduction to handmade printing techniques 2012

Here are 2 projects of printing techniques I made during my Fine Arts studies. First project was realized thanks to intaglio engraving. The secon Read More