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Artichoke Screenprint

Oh my gosh, I am so excited to finally have finished this design! Would you believe I actually started working on it in freaking June?? CRAZY.

The original pencil sketch.
For this project I wanted to push myself to do a more complex design than any of my previous ones, using two regular inks and one metallic. It… wound up being a lot harder than I’d anticipated. In fact, I had to scrap my first pass at the design because I hadn’t put enough planning into it in the drawing phase to make it work while being screenprinted.

Plus, I had a million completely bizarre disasters spring up, from glass exploding in my hands to screens getting shredded to hinges getting torn right out of the table! Which is why it took from June – August to FINALLY finish this poor design.

But in the end, it was totally worth it, because not only did I learn a TON of really valuable information, but the prints also came out pretty damn nice too, if I do say so myself.

Check how the gold shines out from that deep, rich green, huh? Man, I’m such a sucker for artichokes! What is with that? Dang, I don’t even know. Why fight it? They’re just rad as hell.

Here’s the sweet deets:
15″ x 11.5″
Green, purple, and gold inks
Arches cotton, acid-free, 250gm Buff paper with deckled edge
Limited edition of 35
Being the little Ferengi that I am, of course these prints are available for sale!


You guys, I am so excited to have teamed up with my fellow studiomate and brother-from-another-mother, Dylan Meconis, to create these gooooooorgeous silhouette screenprints!

They are a limited edition of 20, measuring 7.5″ x 11″ on Arches 250gm Buff paper that is 100% cotton, acid-free and buffered with a pronounced grain, deckled edges and a lush, buttery-creamy color.

A few weeks ago I approached Dylan (not difficult, since our tables face each other at Periscope Studio) about printing a design for her, as long as she could keep it to one color.

After some thought, she came up with the elegant design you see above! You can always count on Dylan to bring the class. And the macabre.

This was, by far the easiest screenprinting session I’ve had yet (– aside from a few drops of blood. But hey, it wouldn’t be art if someone didn’t bleed for it, right? Or something?), from set-up to final product, I was done in about 2 hours. A new record for me!

Just like with my own new print, The Octopus Lady in Profile, these Skullhouettes (Dylan has always been better at titles than me) will be released this weekend at Table B-15 during the Stumptown Comics Fest. Any copies not sold at the convention will be released online later!

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Octopus Lady in Profile

Yes, at last I can reveal my newest screenprint, the Octopus Lady in Profile!

This is a limited edition run of 20 hand pulled screenprints that I will be debuting at table B-8 during the Stumptown Comics Fest this weekend in Portland, OR.

Size: 11.5″ x 15″
Paper: Arches 250gm Buff paper that was mold-made in France, it is 100% cotton, acid-free and buffered with a pronounced grain, deckled edges and a lush, buttery-creamy color.
Limited Edition of 20, all signed and numbered by hand along the bottom edge.

The burned screen on the left with the transparency on the right.

This was my very first run where every single print came out perfectly— I was amazed! Normally there’s little fuck ups along the way, but this time? Nope! No pieces of paper were wasted.

My inspiration for this piece came from the colors cream-yellow and raspberry– I was so excited to discover that I didn’t even have to mix my inks to get this color! It’s straight from the jar (Speedball, Acrylic, Process Magenta) and was absolutely perfect. And though it doesn’t really show in most of these photos, the paper itself is also a super lovely off-yellow/cream color. I love it when things come together exactly like I envisioned them in my head!

This is the original transparency (used to burn this image into the screen), on top of a finished print.

Lookit ’em all! If you’d like to take one home with you, stop by table B-8 at the Stumptown Comics Fest April 28-29th. However many copies I have left over afterwards will then be released for sale in my store.

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Silver Octopus screen prints are heeere!

Gaze upon the fruits of my exasperated labor!

Yes, VICTORY! I have created my first series of silk screened prints since I took that class last year — and I made them without any teacher assistance!

Of course I’m going to walk you through every step, I mean, how could I not?

On the last day of class in May 2011, Joanna, another student, asked if I’d be interested in silk screening at her house if she managed to set up a DIY printing studio. Of course I said yes! Fast-forward to January 2012 and I had completely forgotten about that conversation– until I got an email from her letting me know that she had successfully constructed a pretty swanky studio in her basement and would I still be interested in trying it out.

With a date set, now I had to get a design together! Oh crap! Originally I wanted to do something with two colors, but then I remembered that the last time I did this sort of thing was half a year ago in classroom that was packed to the gills with the most sophisticated and expensive screen printing equipment available, so maybe for this first session I should stick to something a little more simple.

With that in mind, I sketched up this octopus with the intention of keeping it mono-colored, so I wouldn’t have to worry about registration.

After scanning in my sketch, I drew over it in Photoshop to make stark black and white line art that I would then use to burn into my screen.

The digital version was then printed onto a clear plastic sheet that’s typically used for over-head projections.

After 25 minutes of exposure, the screen was ready!

For the printing materials I bought silver Versatex ink and Indigo Blue, 98lb, Acid Free, Canson paper, which I then cut into (roughly) 10″ x 10″ squares. My cellphone there was timing how long my screen was having the design burned into it. And the tea, well, that’s the most important tool of all.

Oh my goodness, people had warned me that metallic ink is difficult to use but HOLY CRAP this first session in Joanna’s home studio was almost a complete wash due entirely to how impossible that fucking ink was. It was like PUTTY. In the entire evening, I only managed to pull one passable print! That’s the one you see above, and even it still has a bit too much texture showing through.

After whining on Twitter, I was informed by people more knowledgeable than I that I would have to cut the ink with a medium to make it more liquid-y. Which is exactly what I did at our next session, a week later. Oh, and I also switched brands to Speedball’s metallic ink, which helped enormously as well. The medium I used with Golden Mediums Silkscreen Medium, if anybody is facing a similar dilemma as I was.

I still had some real problems with the ink drying too quickly inside the screen, leaving little texture-y streaks on each print, but overall I was happy enough with 16 prints (out of 25 attempts) that I feel comfortable putting them up for sale!

I wiiiiiish I could take better product photos / Photoshop them to look like they do in real life D:

But this detail shot came out alright, in spite of my camera-ineptitude.

So yeah! There’s only 16 of these guys! They are all hand made by me! If you would like one for yourself, we can make that dream a beautiful reality.

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