As I’ve mentioned before, my screenprinting style is similar to Warhol’s in so much as I print several blotch areas and then overprint with a screen with the detail. Usually I produce the blotch screens by printing out the photograph on my computer and the cutting around the shapes. This means that registration is fairly straight forward.
Recently I’ve felt that these well registered prints looked a bit too “crafty” rather than “arty” if you know what I mean. Warhol’s misregistration is part of the appeal of his prints.
One of Andy Warhol’s screenprints of Liz Taylor
Here is a print I did recently based on a photograph I took on Blackpool promenade. It has printed, registered gold and pink blotches under the lamp-post and the seagull. Unfortunately the photograph is not good.The light brown background is actually even, not patchy as it appears.
The next print is one where I’ve physically painted the red and yellow blotch areas before screenprinting the black detail. Again, the grey blotch is even on the print. Painting the blotch areas will automatically lead to a varied edition as each painted bit will be different.
So. as the title of this post says, it’s time to vote, art lovers! Which way should I go with my blotches? Please ignore the fact that the colourways are different.