Silk Screen Monoprinting with Tessa Pearson *New 2024



In this workshop you will explore the possibilities  of silkscreen monoprinting, the most painterly of printmaking  techniques. Silkscreen monotypes are created by painting with acrylic directly onto the unmasked open mesh of a silkscreen, covering the whole area before pulling the paint through the mesh using a squeegee blade. This can then be repeated to build up layers of colour. The textures and mark making are spontaneous and unrepeatable which lead to an exciting and unique print. After initial experiments to familiarise yourself with the media on heavy cartridge we will be able to explore ideas using collage or stencils, overprinting and layering, also looking at using watersoluble crayons and other mark making techniques for texture and line, aiming to produce a small series of final prints on artist quality printmaking paper.

8 max on class.

Additional information


8th and 9th March 2024




Please bring £15 to cover all materials paper, mediums and paint.

Rubber gloves (you will have your hands in water a lot!)

Old towels, at least 2 or 3, for drying screens.

Empty yogurt/soup/jam jars with lids

Old newspapers

Other things it would be good to bring but not essential :

Paint brushes– bring a selection of any you have, they need to be the stiffer hog hair type used for oil or acrylic painting, not soft watercolour brushes. I will bring some, but probably not enough for everyone..

Paint –  I will be providing paint but if you fancy adding your favourite colours , please do- we will be using acrylic ( regular or liquid, nor ink or heavy body)

Collage papers- bring any if you use them, I will have some too. Glue stick.

Craft knife/scalpel for cutting stencils.

Sketchbook /notebook

I will be providing paint, screenprinting medium, paper, and other materials such as watersoluble crayons for you to try. There will be a small extra charge to cover this cost.

We will be working on A3 size silkscreens , each student will have their own screen rig with squeegee.

Also bring your Lunch and an apron

Any acrylics you might have in your stash – but you do use large quantities.

5 or 6 plastic pots with lids for the paint to be decanted.

Artist Bio:

Tessa Pearson is a painter and printmaker living in the Surrey Hills, south of London. She studied printed textile design at UCA Farnham and the Royal College of Art and had a successful career selling hand painted fabrics before transferring her skills to paper. Tessa now uses printmaking and mixed media as her preferred medium creating bold abstract silkscreen monotypes. Known for her exceptional use of colour, recent work is from studies of patterns and colour experienced in inspirational gardens and interpreted in her very recognisable style.

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