New Works In Diamond Dust

September 7, 2016

 

As a long time Andy Warhol fanatic, I've always been aware of his 'Diamond Dust' silk screens, but until recently, I haven't really experimented with the printing method.

 

'Diamond Dust', or crushed glass or glitter (what it really is) is applied to the surface of the print to give a luxurious, shimmering effect to the work. I'm still in the early experimental stages of playing with the stuff, but I'm liking the results, so far.

 

Strangely enough, there isn't much info online on how the process works, or even how to apply diamond dust to the final work. I just happened upon a video clip that showed an artist using diamond dust on his prints, which was all I really needed to get started. I see why artists who know the process are reluctant to share that info. Granted, I'm sure there will be a lot of trial and error along the way, and it may not be something I stick with, but the learning process and knowledge is invaluable, regardless. 

 

I worked up this Elizabeth Taylor piece as a example, combining gold acrylic paint, silk screen ink and diamond dust. I'll probably make a small series of these diamond dust works available soon, depending on how these come together, but for now, I'll continue to play around with the technique to see where it goes.

 

If you are curious about the process yourself, check out works by Andy Warhol, Russell Young, Peter Blake and Simon Claridge for starters.

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