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Delta Queen Screen Print

riverboat-screenprint

This file art serigraph (or “silkscreen” print) combines several things that were a big part of my life once upon a time. First, I found this photo on one of the glass plate negatives in my¬†grandmother’s studio. She shot it while the Delta Queen was docked at the end of Main Street in McGregor, Iowa, on the Mississippi River. I spent a lot of time in McGregor as a child. I reproduced it using a photo screen printing technique that I created by rubbing the ink through the stencil using rags soaked with solvent and ink, rather than the typical squeegee. Every print turns out just a little different from the one before it, so each one becomes a limited edition artist’s proof. I find the result to be a nice balance between realistic and abstract.

Screen printing is a printing technique that uses a woven mesh to support an ink-blocking stencil to receive a desired image. The attached stencil forms open areas of mesh that transfer ink or other printable materials which can be pressed through the mesh as a sharp-edged image onto a substrate. A fill blade or squeegee is moved across the screen stencil, forcing or pumping ink into the mesh openings for transfer by capillary action during the squeegee stroke. ...more on Wikipedia

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