Sketching for Print Ideas

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Sketching for the silkscreen process of ‘vanishing prints’ is mostly a matter of capturing loose contour and gestural lines.  I try not to fall in love with any specific line, but try for ‘mark making’ and the essence of shapes and forms.  I usually go through about 10 – 15 large sheets of newsprint at a time.  Just me and my Sharpie pen looking inspiration.

This particular subject was a calla lily that I had just bought and planted in a pot.  Normally I take some pride in my gardening abilities, but this poor calla lily seemed doomed from the beginning.  It never flourished, and only bloomed once or twice.  Good thing I drew it as soon as I got it.  Below is what it looked like when I sketched it.

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Here are two resulting ‘vanishing prints’ on paper that originated from my sketching.

The first one below had some additional (blue) pastel added to the final print.

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The one below was printed from several different screens.

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Next time we’ll look at a lettuce leaf!  (No, this is not turning into a cooking blog)

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