Creating a Hand Pulled Serigraph
The Process of Creating a Hand Pulled Serigraph
Then everything has to be cleaned up, (this is the least fun part). In a well ventilated area using solvents, and soap, the screen has to be cleaned and prepped for the next stencil. This whole process, beginning after you complete a stencil, and ending when you are ready to begin working on the next stencil, takes about 5 hours. Creating a single stencil, depending on the size and detail, can take anywhere from 1/2 an hour, to 15 hours or more. I do not get to see final image until I am pulling the last color.
When the printing is completed, I put aside and destroy the prints which are flawed, and sign and number the ‘identical’ ones which become part of my edition. The number of stencils I print in an edition varies, but is usually between 12 and 30. If a print gets smudged, or is off register, or attracts an errant dog hair, or prints imperfectly at any stage in this process, it does not make it into the edition.
Original Print Verses Limited Edition (Reproduction) Print
What is the difference between an Original Print such as a Serigraph Print, an intaglio, an etching or a wood block print, verses a limited edition reproduction print? Quite simply, an Original Print is a work of art, a reproduction print is a photograph of a work of art. A limited edition reproduction print is usually printed on good paper, and it is signed and numbered by the artist, but it is still a photograph.
To see a video that takes you through all the steps of pulling a single color, please click on the photo link to go to my YouTube video ‘Creating a hand made Serigraph Print’