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Fiber Artist

J o y  S t o c k s d a l e

If you are a watercolorist, fabric painter, screen printer, or just interested, you will benefit from this inventive process. No solvents are used. Polychromatic Screen Printing includes step-by-step instruction, clear illustrations and photographs, and a "Problem and Solution" section to answer questions. At the end of each chapter is a "Discussion" comparing this process to conventional screen printing, and suggesting other possibilities for going beyond the basics. Index included. Number of pages: 128. Revised 1991. Retail price: $12.95 ISBN: 0-9613331-0-3



Polychromatic Screen Printing by Joy Stocksdale, published by Oregon Street Press, is a comprehensive manual describing an innovative method to obtain multicolored prints. Using fewer steps than traditional screen printing, it offers the beginner as well as experienced artist the same flexibility and spontaneity as paint to fabric or paper, with the added result of more than one image.

Polychromatic printing is a combination of painting and screen printing developed by the author. With this unique process the image a watercolorist or silk painter achieves on paper or fabric can be reproduced five to eight times. Instead of painting on fabric or paper, all the colors of the image are directly painted with concentrated dyes on one print screen. One pull of the squeegee releases the dyes to print the entire image on fabric or paper. Enough dye is on the screed for five to eight images.

The innovative process of polychromatic screen printing results in a limited edition from the original painted screen - with no color registration. Similar to an extended monoprint process that produces 5-8 prints from a single painted image. With this process, all the colors in an image are painted on a single print screen, then printed on fabric or paper with one pull of the squeegee. No solvents used.


My main concern is design. Leaves, flowers, and geometric designs appeal to my imagination which moves back and forth between these different motifs. Many designs are derived from small sketch notes I make of patterns or parts of designs on historical ceramics, metal, and textile artifacts. The challenge is turning sketches into designs that work within the format of a wall piece.


As a result of studies at Goldsmith's College, University of London in 1979, Joy Stocksdale developed polychromatic screen printing. Her printed silk garments, hangings, and quilts have been exhibited throughout the US. She has taught workshops at craft schools, guilds, and conferences. She is the author of an instructional book on her process, Polychromatic Screen Printing. She lives in rural Sebastopol in Sonoma County, California.

Joy Stocksdale Fiber Artist