Denise Wyllie: Printing with a Psychedelic Touch

Artist and printmaker Denise Wyllie  shares some of the print studio methods used to produce her latest screen print series. She is the Honoured Invited International Artist guest printmaker of  The University of Puerto Rico,  Nov 1st.  and will be exhibiting the prints featured below as well as a wood-cut called Being Together from her Estando Juntos series.

Her creative output here highlights her inventive approach to materials and techniques, as she uses a variety of paper and switches from painting by hand and printing  – sometimes just painting the highlights on a print for subtle expressive effects. On the print below she printed on Japanese print paper, noting that on each print lowering the eyelids would change the emotion conveyed by the model.

A common thread throughout this work is the marbled paper results achieved by dropping tiny amounts of oil mixed with turps or white spirit into a shallow pan of water. Next the printing inks are added. The paper is then rested on this mixture and then left to dry. 

Marbling first originated in Japan in the 12th Century with the Suminagashi (floating ink ) techniques of the period evolving into the varieties today. Back then they used tree resin to trigger the separation of inks in the colouring base. Denise has previously expressed her admiration for Japanese printing methods and creative philosophies.  (see 3 stage close ups of marbled paper effects below)

As a committed artist there’s little let up from studio life. Even with work already in the Royal Overseas League/Printmakers Council ‘Memory’ Exhibition until Nov 25 and the 3rd Red Dot Art Mini Print Exhibition from Sept 21 she’s still busy in the studio as the close of summer/start of autumn season begins.

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