ORBS CMYK #1

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A hand crafted (SRA2) silkscreen abstraction print created with a halftone 'Cmyk' print process. By British Artist Damon Roberts, founder of (Glass Siren Studio)

'Abstract Orbs #1' is a graphic composition I started work quite on while ago. I only recently started to fine tune its graphic elements so i could develop it on the printing press. It became aparent that this would be a perfect piece to experiment with the 'cmyk' print process.

This particular process is often used in the commercial print industry for printing everything from cereal boxes to magazines. I wanted to take the basic principles of this process and explore its potential in a fine art application.

After running off numerous films on my studio's image setter and exposing the meshed screens with u.v light i was able to test the process out using opacity reduced tones of pure cyan, magenta, yellow and black ink mixes. I could see the once the first couple of registered layers were overprinted with their designated colours it was clear that results were going to be something really special.  Each print took on its own individual character as the ink layers were built up. There is a real nostalgic quality to the finished full colour prints. They almost have that beautiful hazy feel of a polaroid photograph.

Included below are a selection of shots to show this piece being developed at my studio, so you can get an idea of the process that led to its creation.

 

Film production stage showing the separate transparencies for each individual colour that would need to be printed to make up the final full colour screenprint.

Above and below shows the exposed screens that were used for the black layer of ink application. Another screen was created for each individual colour that was applied.

The ink mixing stage on the studio's vacuum bed. Testing out the most suitable binder and ink percentages so when the colours are overprinted they would form the correct hues...

Sold Magenta ink on the squeegee ready to test flood the screen.

One of the test proofs of the black layer fresh of the press.

Here you can see how the depth of colour began to emerge as the individual layers were overprinted one on top of each other.

Close up of the halftone dots which when registered allowed the individual layers of ink to be overprinted on top of one another to give the impression of a full colour almost photographic image.

The very first succesful proof that emerged from this experimental print cycle. This one was underprinted with diluted cream tone to help boost the saturation of all the forgeround colours.

The finished pieces are 640mm x 450mm - (SRA2). Produced using acrylics on a 300 gsm recycled kraft stock. This is a limited edition of 85 pieces. Prints are supplied unframed in a strong cardboard mailer tube to ensure safe transit. Come with wax seal artist provenace card.

 

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