Nancy McIntyre

Nancy McIntyre

Alexandria, VA
Sink, silkscreen
18.5 x 15

“Sink” is a silkscreen edition of 60 printed on Arches 88 paper using 43 layers of acrylic screenprinting inks.

DO AHEAD: Take photographs

SILKSCREEN PROCESS:
1. Draw or paint full-scale “master drawing,” planning what colors to print where. (I use mostly transparent inks, so one color printed over another will make a combined color.)
2. Clamp screen in place, with master drawing underneath. Make painted stencil, by blocking out every place you do not want to print your first color. Liquid screen block-out can be supplemented with drawing, rubbing and resist techniques.
3. Use “three-point registration” to set paper in exact same place each time.
4. Pull squeegee, pressing thick ink through screen onto paper. For edition of 50-60, print first color onto about 100 sheets of paper to allow for mistakes.
5. Repeat, for all planned layers of color. (I often blend colors as I print, by laying down inks side-by-side and fading them together with the squeegee.)
6. As print evolves, new ideas will emerge. Continue adding colors until happy.