20 Oct

Screen Printing and Paper Cutting

During my artist residency at The Leeway a few years ago I had the opportunity to learn how to screen print, using my cut paper designs as printing stencils. I printed a pile of drawing paper with colours intending to eventually turn these into cut paper pieces. I finally pulled them out two weeks ago and started working with this printed paper to created a new series. I took inspiration for these designs and the series from line drawings I’d been doing in my 30 Days of Drawing Sketchbook earlier this year.

Paper cut from screen printed paper

Paper cut from screen printed paper

I don’t typically do much drawing when I work on a paper cut, but with these I’ve had to draw it all out on the back before I start. I don’t feel I can freehand cut something like this because it’s visually complicated. The lines are needed to guide the cutting.

I love this piece with the mottled colours of the paper showing through, and I actually wish they were more saturated and colourful. I’ve always avoided colourful or patterned paper with my work because I thought complicated designs were better with a simple colour palette.

Paper cut from screen printed paper

Paper cut from screen printed paper

I have about six or eight pieces of this screen printed paper, and I’m already working on the second piece in the series. Stay tuned for more!

© Rachael Ashe