On 1st July 2016, Duke Studios in Leeds held an event called 'Big Disco', where they bought the world's largest disco ball to the city and thousands of people gathered underneath it to dance the night away.
To mark the event I decided to make a print using a rub remove ink, more commonly known as scratch card ink. I'd had some holographic mirror rainbow stock knocking about the studio for a couple of months, and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to utilise its multi-coloured, reflective mirror like properties to represent the disco themed event.
After experimenting with a few tests, it soon became apparent that if you were to scratch the rub remove ink off using a coin, you would also take off the black ink with it. The only option was to either use a solvent based black ink, or try and put some kind of varnish over the black layer to protect it from being scratched away. As there was very little time to let the varnish dry, I decided to get the prints laminated at the print finishes a few doors up, which actually gave me a perfect surface to print the rub remove ink on to.
Despite this actually being unintentional, I was really pleased with the contrast between the matt and gloss finishes of this print. I also really like the interactive aspect, allowing people to create their own version of the print by scratching off some, every other, or maybe all of the panels of the disco ball.
Limited edition of 20 prints. Head over to my shop if you'd like to buy one!