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More on Turning Your Journal Sketches into Prints

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Left: A scan of a burrowing owl print that I made using the Print Gocco from a journal sketch I made at the Bell Museum of Natural History. Click on the image for an enlargement.

Last night as I was drifting off to sleep I realized that I didn’t fully explain some of my actions when turning a journal sketch into a silkscreen or Print Gocco print. I want to expand my discussion on a couple points today, as well as look at two other journal sketches that I happen to have on hand, so that you can see how they translated into prints.

Yesterday I explained how I traced my French Bull Dog sketch on acetate and scanned it. What I didn’t mention is that I could have just photocopied it on a toner copier. I needed, as you’ll recall a toner master, or final “copy” from which to burn the screen, but you don’t always need to go into the computer, and there are some drawbacks to doing so.

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Sketch to Print: Turning a Journal Sketch into a Finished Silk-screened Print

FrenchBullDogPrintFin Left: the final French Bull Dog print is 5.5 x 6.5 inches. Print Gocco screen print on Folio paper, green and navy inks. I left the deckle edge on as many cards as I could when I cut down the paper. See the deckle at the base of this card. The wording on the print is from the fortune cookie fortune that was stuck to the journal page where I did the sketch. I tried out other options, but this seemed too perfect. Click on the image to view an enlargement.

MCBA recently sent out an art call—None of the Above. I wanted to participate and started planning something about the State Fair and birds, of course. But I was caught up in my fake journal and didn’t get right to it. Then I was working on my dog portrait series and did a preliminary sketch of a French Bull Dog that I quite liked. (See a scan of the original journal page in my post on Superstition #6, here.)

In an instant things changed. I decided that I would make a print of that sketch instead. And here, step, by step, is how I turned that journal sketch into a print.

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