Posted by on Aug 28, 2012 in Design, Inspiration | One Comment

Be More Loving Screen Print Poster

I’m excited to be screen printing my first design this weekend. Thanks to my coworker Kyle Marks who is part of Interval Press, a local screen printing company. Check them out—they do some really sweet gig posters. I started this project because there can always be more love in the world and the best place to start is with oneself. I wanted to use the process and medium to reinforce this simple positive reminder. The entire project was very hands on from beginning to end. I hand lettered everything instead of going to the computer and hand pulled the ink over the screen instead of using a printer. Each poster was then hand stamped, uniquely numbered, and delivered in person. By using such a personal approach to designing, printing and distribution, I hope that it can be a self-fulfilling project in and of itself.

Sketching was frustrating especially since I have poor handwriting to begin with. It was difficult making the lowercase letters look consistent with good legibility. The goal is to achieve a system of uniformity but with enough contrast to distinguish each individual letter. I had the most trouble with the readability of “v” and not having it look like a “u.” I began with sketching out a rough composition and then refined that over and over again with tracing paper. I wanted a rough edge quality so my final sketch was traced onto a napkin. After scanning the napkin illustration, I hopped into photoshop, applied threshold adj. layer to a separate texture file, moved that into my scanned napkin file, masked out shapes on the letters I wanted textured and repeated that until I got the right shaded values. Some of the letter had to be redrawn and rescanned as I didn’t like them once it got to the computer. The background texture comes from the natural texture of the napkin. Share this post down below and/or leave a comment. If you do, I’ll try to get you a limited hand pulled screen printed poster.