Recently I discovered a great way to combine vintage papers such as old maps, gazettes, discarded prints from the pile in my studio, along with 3-D elements such as beads, string, layers of additional paper. The example shown here contains a page from an old map that I gel-printed over with transparent inks, followed by a cut out bird from an old screen print, which I adhered so it rises off the surface. That was followed by beads applied with medium. The whole print was then applied to a cradled wood panel with Studio Tac, an adhesive paper that is a lot neater than glue or medium. Now it’s ready to hang!
Recently I have been experimenting with silkscreen printing on Yupo, a synthetic paper. It is smooth and opaque or semi-opaque white. Printing on it with waterbased silkscreen inks yields unusual results. First of all, the ink will sit on top of the surface rather than being absorbed, due to the smooth coating. So, in order to speed up drying time I use a hair dryer. The advantage of the slow drying aspect is that I can push the ink around in a painterly fashion, or sponge ink through the screen in order to make images, in addition to the more conventional method of using a squeegee. These examples come from an ongoing series of imagery related to webs. The oval-like forms seem anthropomorphic to me, which is why I titled the images as I did.