My first experience of breaking down a screen print was during a "play day" with Ankie King a few years ago. I had been printing from a lino cut and Ankie invited me to load the lino cut with dyed print paste and place it directly onto the silk screen. Once the screen had dried for several hours we "pulled" clean manutex over the dried paint and created an abstract version of the lino print. As the clear manutex being pulled across the screen started to break down the dried dyes, it took up the blue dye and this added another element to the subsequent prints. I really liked the unpredictable outcome and the way one lino cut could be used in so many different ways. Long after the prints had been set, I rubbed them with gold Shiva, using the original lino cut to pick highlights and add movement to the prints. I've started to stitch them ... and I'm still using that lino cut.