Thursday, March 27, 2014

Experimental Art: Paintings Made
Using Old Screen-printing Inks

      I got some old screen printing inks, a couple of stretched canvas panels, and, blank walls in my room. What would you expect an artist to do? 



     These inks have a shelf life of only 2 years. Beyond that, you can't be sure of its washing fastness. Rubberized inks are thick in consistency. I've observed that the dry ink smudges on my work table didn't flatten down - like thick oil paints or acrylic mixed with modeling paste. Only they don't dry hard but rubbery, of course. I thought, why not use it for a painting? So what if they're expired? You don't put a painting in the washing machine anyway. 


      I happen to have two 20" x 20" stretched canvas prints here that are rejects. I kept the wood and stretched new canvas sheets on them. I didn't prime the canvas because rubberized screen-print inks will need a porous and absorbent surface to adhere to (they peel off from smooth surfaces). I used a 4" squeegee and only a straight downward direction in applying the ink.

So this is what I made yesterday, which just took the entire afternoon:

Colorscape 1

Colorscape 2

      What do you think? They are already hanging on my wall and I decided to keep it unsealed for some time to observe the medium's integrity. Actually, while writing this post I also researched about the basic formula of water-based rubberized silkscreen inks. If I'm not mistaken, these inks are a kind of acrylic paint that is mixed with other compounds to make it suitable for silkscreen printing.

       So I can say that these two artworks are acrylic paintings hehe. Well I'm certainly glad to know that the inks I can no longer use on shirts can still be used in another, even more artful way. Good think I kept all of them! I should make more experiments like these. ^_^

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