Insight: Strike Sheets

Screen Print Test Sheets

During the printing of both Analogue Process by Chris Bigg and Skotchbook by Jim Stoten, the screen printer, Chris Hunt, before the main print run began, did a small test onto a ‘strike sheet’. These sheets contain the test prints of many jobs from the previous few months, creating a rich tapestry and history of colliding images and colours.

The sheets have a remarkable beauty as they get richer in layers of inks and overprints. There is an ‘accidental’ nature to the sheets which really appeals in the design process. Design is often considered to be an iterative process, with one stage leading to the next, and in the main this is true. However, it is so refreshing to allow chance into the process.

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