As many of know, for the past 7 weeks or so I have been doing this project that I call “I Hope This Makes You Happy“. Pretty much it involves me creating a 6×6 drawing each week and putting it up somewhere around town. The other day I decided that I want to included something else with each drawing. Its a 4×4 card that I screen-printed. I’m pretty stoked with how they turned out. The only way to get one is if you find one of the drawings, and if you do find one I Hope It Makes You Happy.
3 color screen print
This past weekend I decided to venture on a quest to figure the whole registration thing out with screen printing. It seemed simple enough, I just never really gave it a try. All of my previous prints never really required registration and the ones that did, I just eyeballed it because I was only making one or two prints.
For this print I kept it two colors. I assembled the image using various drawings from my sketchbook that I have been wanting to use for some time now. The registration went rather smoothly thanks to some pointers from Sean Tucker, but the fact that my squeegee was not big enough turned it into a rather frustrating experience. Luckily in the end, I was able to obtain a larger squeegee and finish the prints. I kept the run fairly small and ended up with about 7 decent prints.
Also, be sure to check out Art Walk downtown tomorrow night! Jimmy will apart of AIGA’s Atomic Sketch in the Old Library, and our friend Karen Dessire will be showing her work at the Printing.com store.
- nick v.
the “in” crowd
11 x 16.5
2 color screenprint
Ok this past weekend a friend of mine, Nick Heath, asked if i could make him some shirts for him and his friends. He wanted the shirts to say “My other shirt is a V-neck”. It’s simply a joke they had between each other. It’s in response to the countless number of kids that you see wearing v-neck t-shirts everyday. Anyways, I thought it was pretty funny so I hooked him up with some shirts.
The shirts I made for him were white with black ink. I forgot to take a picture of them, so last night i made another one. This time I printed white on black. I came across some white opaque ink I ordered a while back and hadn’t tested out yet. The ink looks good on the shirt, but the it is extremely thick and dries with a quickness in the screen. Such a nightmare to clean.
That wasn’t the only shirt I made this week. As some of you might already know, Jimmy and I submitted art work for the Beards & Brushes art show. We talked about how funny it would be to have Fridge shirts that had mustaches on them, so I went ahead and made a few.
These aren’t official fridge shirts mentioned earlier. We came up with these to help promote the Beards & Brushes show this coming up this Saturday, since we are participating in it. Plus a fridge with a mustache just looks kind of funny. We are only printing them this week. UPDATE: we are selling them for $5. If your interested in getting one just shoot me an email: email@example.com. Make sure to include the size.
ALSO, we are participatingin the AIGA sponsored Atomic Sketch tomorrow, Wednesday September 2nd ,at the Downtown Art Walk. Make sure to come check this out. It’s taking place from 5 to 9pm at the Old Hayden Burns Library located at Adams & Main St.
Participating artists & designers include:
Hope to see you there!
Published August 8, 2009
Tags: Painting, Screenprint
Sean Tucker of the Dalton Agency, and co-founder of Dog & Pony Showprints, along with Tonya Lee put together a workshop for the students of The Art Institute of Jacksonville. The art of screen-printing, commonly associated with the work Andy Warhol, is a medium that we both respect and strive to learn more about in an effort to become better, well rounded, artists and designers. Thanks to the knowledge and genuine dedication to bettering and helping young artist/designers of both Tonya and Sean, we feel that we are headed in the right direction. Tonya is an amazing painter, dedicating much of her time as an instructor at The Art Institute of Jacksonville. Sean has been a major influence and mentor to both of us over the past year—we are also huge fans of his and Tim’s amazing poster designs.
Lets go into a little bit about our background in screen-printing. Nick has been experimenting with screen-printing since high school back in 2005 by doing assortments of T-shirt designs as well as experimental art pieces as displayed with the Mustache Bandits. He still feels like he has much to learn, but has mastered the art of facial expressions. Jim has only recently discovered screen-printing primarily through working with Nick and from two previous workshops with Tonya and Sean. Jim has even much more to learn, taking each failed attempt as a learning experience.
The workshop was a huge success across the board. Our friends had some great prints and everyone there had an amazing time and rewarding experience. Below are some of our prints from today. As you can see, the direction of today’s workshop was based off exploring the Warhol style of combining image and color.
Thanks again to Tonya and Sean for being awesome enough to donate their time and knowledge to a couple of guys who appreciated it.
Also, look for Art Behind the Fridge T-shirts coming soon.
—The fridge guys