A Field of Blue Children
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2009

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A Field of Blue Children 1951 - 1952
  • Artist Rooms
This early work was drawn using what was to become Warhol’s trademark technique for his commercial illustrations – the blotted-line. The manner in which Warhol has selected specific areas of the figures to colour and others to leave blank anticipates his screenprinted work of the 1960s. The process involved in screenprinting meant that Warhol had to plan in advance the colours he wanted for different sections. These areas were then printed with an abstract shape of colour, with the final image only coming together once the last layer of black detail was added.

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Blotted-Line Technique

Andy Warhol first experimented with this form of print-making whilst a student and it would later characterise his commercial work of the 1950s. With two sheets of paper hinged together, a pencil drawing is made on one sheet which is subsequently traced over with ink. Whilst the ink is still wet the sheets of paper are pressed together, thus transferring the line. The result is a broken, yet apparently intuitive, line drawing.


A print made by forcing ink through a screen on which a stencil is placed. Traditionally used for commercial printing, it has been taken up by artists since the 1960s when it was used extensively in Pop art.

Blotted-Line Technique, Screenprint


  • Acc. No. AR00589
  • Medium Ink and dye on paper
  • Size 62.50 x 48.00 cm
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008