The Printmaking Process - 'Western Honey Bee'

A brief description of my printmaking process, on my latest print 'Western Honey Bee'

 1. Develop the concept.  I keep a sketchbook for developing ideas, using very quick rough sketches.  As soon as I've settled on a concept I move on to Bristol board to start the final drawing.

1. Develop the concept.  I keep a sketchbook for developing ideas, using very quick rough sketches.  As soon as I've settled on a concept I move on to Bristol board to start the final drawing.

2. Inking.  Once the pencil work is finished I move on to inking with dip pen and ink, which is then scanned into Photoshop for editing, and to create layers for the colours.

 3. The colour layers are inkjet printing onto polyester sheet.  These print positives are then exposed onto silk screens and printed onto paper one at a time in sequence.    In order to register the different layers over each other with high accuracy I use a master copy, with the print positives over-layered on the paper and then lined up against the screen.  Once in place, three plastic tabs allow for easy placement during printing.

3. The colour layers are inkjet printing onto polyester sheet.  These print positives are then exposed onto silk screens and printed onto paper one at a time in sequence.  

In order to register the different layers over each other with high accuracy I use a master copy, with the print positives over-layered on the paper and then lined up against the screen.  Once in place, three plastic tabs allow for easy placement during printing.

 4. After two colours

4. After two colours

 5. After four colours

5. After four colours

6. Printing the final layer.  It's a laborious process, taking 24 hours to print this edition, but totally worth it for such a beautiful handmade finish

 7. The finished piece.

7. The finished piece.