4.1 Notes on Screen Drawing

Benefits of technique:

  • soft, friable media are fixed on paper permanently
  • the drawing has a certain presence
  • the media can be manipulated on the screen with water, brushes etc in a way which would be very difficult on all but the most robust papers
  • where the media fills the screen, a solarised effect is achieved – never seen this in any other drawing technique or media
  • media can be placed on support before printing for fixing
  • screen can be reworked and developed between pulls
  • variable editions possible
  • acrylic medium gives print slight tooth so that it can redeveloped  with further soft media when dry
  • with a large screen, I can produce bigger prints than on my press
  • unpredictability

Down side:

  • unpredictability
  • why not just draw on the support?
  • the acrylic medium picks up the media and spreads it giving a background colour/tone and direction. This can be a problem but it does create contrast with the blocked out areas
  • size limited by screen
  • paper buckling is a problem, though experience may help
  • slow process between prints whilst waiting for the scrubbed screen to dry, but that makes the next print more thoughtful

Media notes:

any water re-soluble media seems to work but needs to be non staining

media can be manipulated but not removed

powdered materials smear in pulling but can be effectively applied, after printing, to the damp surface

Derwent XL charcoal blocks print up very dark and fill the screen well, the XL very soft graphite comes out pale and very soft and doesn’t block the screen much, Prussian blue graphite prints very dark and blocks well……curious

inscribe pastels work well, less block out, Pip Seymour natural minerals work beautifully and coarse ones leave a textural build up on the support

I thought Wolff Carbon would work well, but no and stained screen

Some materials stain the screen threads which doesn’t record in the next print, but does make to difficult to assess the design on the screen

Brusho applied as wash is OK but powder needs to be applied to support, not screen

Struggling with clean edges which are necessary for a professional product

Things to try:

  • Prepared supports, monoprinted
  • Soft pastels
  • Water soluble felt tip pens?
  • Gouache (non acryl)
  • clay
  • multiple layers
  • going very large with multiple screen placements
  • adding painted tissue

Examples and notes

Difference between filling the screen with coarse or fine material, seen at edges of shapes


Screen print developed when dry with pencil, detail

Graphite screen print before developing with pencil, A3+

After developing with pencil

Weak image, strengthened by drawing with brush handle on back of screen (back drawing)

More media (carbon stick) added to damp screen to strengthen image and re-pulled




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