Screen Printing part 2

The next technique we learned in our screen printing class was photo stencilling.

You can turn almost any image into a photo stencil, but  simple black and white images make it easy to produce a good stencil.

After some messing around in my sketchbook, I managed to scribble this on the back of an envelope.Marquesan style Tiki mask

I then traced it digitally and printed it onto tracing paper. You can use tracing paper or acetate as your ‘film positive’ to expose a screen.

Here are the final prints.

Screen print of a Marquesan style maskAn oceanic mask with tribal patterns







Screen Printing part 1

I’ve been wondering for a while if some of my images would be easier to achieve as screen prints so I’ve been planning to learn to do it for a while now.

A couple of months ago I finally got the chance to do a screen printing course at City Lit.  In the interests of transparency I should say that I am a member of staff there, but I can really recommend the course.

Our teacher, Ben Rider was really enthusiastic and knowledgeable and I achieved some good prints quite quickly.

After an introductory session in which we learned to create simple backgrounds, we moved on to paper stencils. Ben stressed that good preparation was the key to good prints so I spent a bit of time working out some stencil ideas.

a paper collage of a stylised planta positive stencil of a plant design

I made the above designs using paper collage and cut outs to test stencil ideas. One of the main difficulties for me was that in screen printing the ‘cut-out’ areas are the ones that will print, which is the reverse of  lino-cutting. It took me a few versions to start getting my head around it and I still had to take some mock-ups to the class as a reminder…

Cutting the stencil requires patience and care as you have to use news print, which is very thin. If your knife is blunt or you’re careless, it’s easy to rip the paper. I’d show you the stencil but it gets destroyed during the printing process!

Here’s the final print—

screen print of a plant in blue and black

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Tiki Pisco Decanter


I was recently given a bottle of Pisco Capel (thanks Dad!) which those of you ‘in the know’ will recognise…

a Pisco decanter in the form of an Easter Island MoaiPisco is a type of Brandy from Latin America. It often comes in promotional decanters— you can find Peruvian Pisco in Inca styled bottles for instance.

Pisco Capel is a Chilean brand and as Rapa Nui (Easter Island) is a territory of Chile, the bottle is in the form of an Easter Island Moai.

Pisco is not a traditional Tiki cocktail ingredient, but this bottle has made it a wanted item among Tiki mug collectors.

Brandy features in several Tiki drinks and as such Pisco can be substituted in classics like the Fog Cutter .

The more creative among you could even invent your own Tiki cocktail with Pisco.

I was thinking of turning this into a lamp (when I’ve finished the Pisco!) but on the other hand it seems a shame to start drilling holes in it…perhaps I’ll use it as a decanter for some fine Rum.

Pisco Capel is a Chilean BrandyPutney Farm has a Pisco punch recipe on their blog, as well as some other tasty looking Tiki Cocktails.

You could also try the classic Pisco drink, here’s a version for my Dutch friends—
Pisco Sour.