Walking from time, to you

L.CHRISTENSEN_from time to you

walking from time to you

So terrible at putting up new stuff, sorry, This got done back in January.  This piece is kinda a triumph for me, process-wise, as it started out throwing paint on an already wallpapered panel.

It told me what it was looking for, and, once images were found and manipulated, it got done.  Yeah, so what, that’s what supposed to happen, right?  Yes, yes it is, but that’s the thing. the “gettin” part.  See, the piece said, “you need just this type of head”, and that was easy enough –2 grey’s images, reworked together.   But then, what’s it needing?  Pull up some of that flower wallpaper out of the splatter paint, see some flow, some movement, start thinking a lot on composition, and wait for it.  take some older halftone work and work it in, like waters, it shoulder deep.  Still all waiting for the image to start bringing things in, focus my search to colors, making this picture RED.  Success at the bins, finding an old 70’s coloring book, providing me with subjects, background, a “place” for that head to sink into.  Then it’s push and pull, selecting what stays and goes, and making a great decision for my head’s “hair”  –because of the original splatter paint working with the head, I always saw the head as a her, with flaming hair.  The piece had really grown away from that, like it started as “you could be mine” by G’n’R, but was turning more into “november rain”, if you catch my drift.  The work, by then, with all the red, and images of trees and foilage, was screaming fall leaves, which were a plenty.  Once I resolved the lower portion from the previous decision of halftone dots (which is kinda it’s weak point) with the laying flat face, it was done.

fireflowerwalk before nancy drewRED

–an “in progress” pic of the same piece.–

–and yes, for you observant folks, that “red tree background” in the finished piece is used (albeit more manipulated) in the “zoey” plate of previous blog-post.  With the finishing of this, and the sucess at the zoey piece, I will sometime make a plate with this image on it, that is, once I find the plate for it.–

from time to you plate

–something like that.

 

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The Big 500 of 2015

medium transfer

medium transfer

paint/screenprint on epoxied panel

paint/screenprint on epoxied panel

transfer/screenprint on collage

transfer/screenprint on collage

gel medium over collage transfer

gel medium over collage transfer

paint with gel medium glitter print

paint with gel medium glitter print

Doesn’t look like much has gone on for like….a year?  Well, nope.  Stuff has gone on.  “stuff”, like, say a total of 10+ new pieces that aren’t up on the site.  That’s just silly of me.  Been really working on developing a printing-style process of creating collage using gel-medium transfer techniques.  But then I go and throw paint down, then I go and see something in it, then I have to go and chase that for a while.  Not a lot of work this year, but the process behind the work has been generous.

If you don’t know about gel medium transfers, well, there’s like a million different ways and means, and I have definitely got some opinions on the matter, but here.  This link is a pretty decent start.  I’ll have to make a tutorial sometime…

Eraser 01

Eraser 01

 

Just a new something that’s done (for now).  Working like a screenprinter except with no press, and no screen and no squeegee.  huh.

Got a couple more working their way down the line, for what besides the love of making i don’t know.  This piece just made me think of an oldie.

I’m not the man you wanted me to be
He’s kept alive inside your fantasy
But now the magic me is fading fast
Let me remind you of the face behind the mask

-thompson twins, “day after day”-

The 88 STRONG SHOW –2014–

  Wherein 88 artists each create 8 pieces of art, 8″x8″ in size, incorporating one or many of 88 different “themes”.

modern/ancient

modern/ancient

Oil Fountain

Oil Fountain

paradise/flames

paradise/flames

"are Zoo animals contented in captivity?  This chimpanzee seems to be assuring the director of the Zoo that EVERYTHING IS ALL RIGHT"

“are Zoo animals contented in captivity? This chimpanzee seems to be assuring the director of the Zoo that EVERYTHING IS ALL RIGHT”

Everything Will Be Fucked

Everything Will Be Fucked

Silvervein on Pigmented Epoxy

Silvervein on Pigmented Epoxy

untitled white man

untitled white man

Everything WILL be fucked if you leave the fridge door open...

Everything WILL be fucked if you leave the fridge door open…

D.I.Y. Screen Printing (Advent Conspiracy’s DIY fair project)

—-So.  I’ll get to Screen Printing in a second –To anyone who’s reading this that doesn’t know the context of why I’m putting up these instructions—

The church I go to, Imago Dei Community, does Christmas a bit different.  Different, like, how Christmas should actually be, instead of how it is, with it’s Shopping Malls, Credit Card Debt, Vain buying of stuff that may entertain for a while, but has no lasting, eternal value.  I have to pause here for a minute.

Our society really has forgotten that Christmas IS about “eternal value” –We, as CHRISTIANS, celebrate the fact that Our Saviour was brought to us, in frail human flesh.  We celebrate his mortal birth on this planet, the start in a series of events that ultimately lead to his humiliating, criminal death on a roman cross, for our sins (for the world’s sins) and his glorious resurrection 3 days later.  I could in no way live a life without sin, but He did.  Sometimes I can’t make it through the day without giving into a temptation of one sort or other, which leads me to sin and death, but He did.  He lived and gave His perfect life in trade for my (for our) guilty lives, that deserve death and worse.  You hear of people doing valiant, selfless acts like diving onto live grenades to save friends -Jesus died a slow excruciating death for us, only when He did, we weren’t even His friends,  just some sinners who didn’t even care about Him.  He died to pay for my sin, since God needs someone to pay for sin, He can’t just “let us off the hook”, because God is a God of Justice.  God is also a God of Love and Mercy, so Jesus, He who is begotten of God, decided to pay that price for us.  So, for NOTHING we’ve done or given Him, in fact, DESPITE all we’ve screwed up, Jesus takes the blame, the sin, the shame, gives us eternal life in Heaven, and while we’re here on earth He places the Holy Spirit in us to be our guide and comforter, if only we believe on Him!  WOW, What kind of price can you put on that this Christmas?  That, my friends, is Eternal Value!

 

Anyways, back to Advent Conspiracy, the name for what we’re up to.  What’s that?  In their words:

A few years ago, the Imago Dei Community thought: “Instead of celebrating Christmas exchanging gizmos and gadgets, what if we spent that money helping the poor, the brokenhearted, the enslaved?”

Today, this is how Imago Dei does Christmas – by giving more love and spending less money.  The money we’ve saved so far by doing Christmas differently has funded a safehouse for trafficking victims in Portland, drilled water wells in Africa, and brought medical supplies to those who desperately need them, but there is still so much more good to be done.

So Advent Conspiracy does things like the DIY fair — so that everyday people can actually create meaningful gifts for loved ones without spending a lot of money, and the money that’s saved can go towards those who actually NEED it.

So for the DIY Fair I’m showing people how to screen print.  This has been quite a challenge for me, since when I screen print, I use —more “professional” ways and means, and what I’m showing is very basic, without trying to use anything fancy or “professional” —

What follows are the uncondensed instructions to “DIY screenprinting”.

VERY D.I.Y. “SCREEN PRINTING”

In 3 “easy” steps!

MATERIALS: A silkscreen, bought or homemade/ an image to print/ either Mod-Podge or “Speedball” brand Drawing Fluid and Screen Filler/ Ink (this can be “screen printing ink” or acrylic paint)/ A screen printing squeegee, or anything that you can use as a flat blade -like a window squeegee, a spackle knife, or even a piece of plastic signboard could work. Practically all of these items can be found at your local art store.

(may I suggest “I’VE BEEN FRAMED” art store –4950 SE Foster, Portland. Cheap, Family owned, and Friendly!)

Step 1: GET A SILK SCREEN.

You can buy a screen ($12-$20 and up) or you can make one using material you might have lying around at home. If this is a one-time project, you should make it yourself using a embroidery hoop and some organza fabric (NOT SILK-that’s just the traditional name for it, but silk isn’t used!) or other strong but sheer mesh, preferably not cotton. You can also build a more traditional screen by making a wood frame (or using a simple picture frame) and stretching the fabric over it —Please check out the links below for a more full education on this!

Step 2: GET YOUR ART ON THE SCREEN.

This is the hardest part, depending on HOW you’re getting the image onto the screen. There are about a dozen different ways to do this, each with their own pros and cons. I’ll mention 2 ways that are both fairly easy and more reliable than others. When it comes to your art, it’s best to remember that a screen print is basically like a stencil, so your art should be an image that can be translated strictly as a black and white image (but you can print it in any color ink). With either method, simple or complex images are possible; it’s all about how much time (and patience) you put into it. Before you do either method, trace the image. Tape the paper to the outside of the screen, then trace it on the inside –this is muy importante if you have WORDS for part of your image, since it’s really easy to end up doing this “backward”, making your SDROW DRAWKCAB! If it is legible on the inside of the frame (where you’ll be putting the ink), then you’re on the right track. Trace your image lightly with a pencil, or if you need a more visible tracing, use a micron-ink pen. After you trace your image, flip it over, take off the paper and work on the outside of the screen using either method. Please check out the links included for a more thorough education on either method!

The Screen Filler Method (Direct block-out or “Negative Method”). This is done using either Screen filler or Mod-Podge to block out those areas that you do not wish to print. This allows the ink to be forced through the screen wherever the Screen Filler has not been applied. Simply paint all areas where you DON’T want the ink to go with either substance. If you plan on using this screen over for another image, use Screen filler, since Mod-Podge cannot come out of the screen.

The Drawing Fluid Method (or “Positive Method”). Paint Drawing Fluid ONLY the areas that are the image with drawing fluid, allow to dry, then use your squeegee to coat the entire screen with Screen Filler. Once that’s dry, you can rinse the drawing fluid out of the screen, creating the finished screen.

After you’ve done either method, and the screen is dry, tape the inside sides of the screen and the outside of the screen, any parts that didn’t get treated, or else ink will come through.

Step 3: PRINT IT!

But before you get your best material out, PRACTICE on scrap material FIRST, so you can get the feel of how to print your image. Place your finished screen onto the surface you’re printing on. Pour a bead of ink onto the screen, above the stenciled image, then pass your squeegee over the image smoothly and evenly. This is pressing the ink thru the open pores of the screen fabric onto the surface of what you’re printing on, so you might have to have a “light touch” or press harder, so PRACTICE IS NECESSARY for a good print. Then gather the courage and do the print for real! Print one, or print as many as your heart desires! If you printed on fabric, follow the instructions on the ink bottle to make sure it’s permanent.

YOU’RE FINISHED! Clean the ink out of the screen by spraying it with water, then let it dry, and you’re ready to go again!

screenprinting, from "crafts and hobbies", 1979, Readers Digest Association

Also taken from "crafts and hobbies", 1979, Readers Digest Association

BUT, BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING, PLEASE GO TO THESE LINKS! There is more than ample amounts of information on “DIY Screen printing” –just Google that phrase and you’ll see! Here’s just a small but helpful sample that should help you:

How to Build and correctly stretch a Silk Screen (at least by DIY standards)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYEsl64O07c&feature=related

Screen printing via embroidery Hoop and the Negative Method:

http://www.do-it-yourself-gifts.com/how-to-screen-print.html OR:

http://www.instructables.com/id/At-home-silk-screening-on-the-cheap/?ALLSTEPS

Screen printing via the Drawing Fluid Method:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVJzHzhyo-U

or

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VihHCo7ugLM

….you’ll find the other Blick videos and videos by JerrysArtarama  insightful too…

Screen printing via the Paper Stencil Method

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKTSCewtiAU&feature=related

…then there’s this guy  –CATSPIT PRODUCTIONS –This guy is a Professional screenprinter, so sometimes He might go over your head, but if you’re willing, give his “Learn how to screenprint” series a watch, starting with this one.  Very much can be learned from this guy, but it’s like going down the rabbit-hole  —how far in do you want to go?—–http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFM_tBfyjM0&list=PL18A3871BFE1C456D&feature=plcp   —-Because, If you REALLY want to begin to know what screenprinting is about, from DIY to professional with all the plans for homemade stuff as well as pro information, then THIS BOOK  http://www.silkscreeningsupplies.com/product/bk100

Go to YOUTUBE and INSTRUCTABLES.COM and type “screen printing” phrases, and you’ll pull up all sorts of good information. Don’t be surprised if you find many more ways to get your art printed via screen printing- and don’t be afraid to try them! If you’re interested in the history or more general info on Screen Printing, read the Wiki Page! GOOD LUCK!!!

Lastly, for anyone who’s read this far, believe me, I KNOW there’s more to screenprinting than this!  Hey, this is supposed to be for people who don’t know nuthin’ bout no printin.  I know the “Photo-Emulsion” method is by far the BEST method to get your image on the screen, and, once learned, one of the easiest  —give me a screen shop and a day and I’ll teach it —  so maybe I will…

I leave you with a nifty vid of the Preeminent Gig Poster Artist and a brief synopsis of one of his newest screen printed posters.

 

Die Pretty: Death

 DEATH

–“Death”–

Screenprint on flower collage panel, 1 of 10, in an overall series of 40.

–The die pretty series is an interpretation of “the four horsemen of the apocalypse”–Forty  8″x 8″ panels (10 panels for each subject), 2 color screenprint with glitter overlay on 40 unique flower-collaged pattern.  Images come from association mixed with a search engine worked by software into process to  final product.   And the glitter?   The glitter emphasizes the product, and really “bumps up the cool factor”, cause what’s cooler than revelation?          Die pretty.

Die Pretty: War

 WAR

–war–

Screenprint on flower collage panel, 1 of 10, in an overall series of 40.

–The die pretty series is an interpretation of “the four horsemen of the apocalypse”–Forty  8″x 8″ panels (10 panels for each subject), 2 color screenprint with glitter overlay on 40 unique flower-collaged pattern.  Images come from association mixed with a search engine worked by software into process to  final product.    The print, the subject, black and white by means of halftone (like old news, like newspapers), some would say to be taken seriously, but  we reinterpret  as some  obsession     Die pretty.