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    Default First try at Screenprinting and Wheatpasting

    Hi all, So, a few of the guys I work with (and myself) have always wanted to try our hands at designing and screen printing posters. But you know how it is... you just never have the time or the equipment. Well, a few weeks ago everything came together and we got the chance to try our hands at it for a project at work. I work as a media designer at a church, and we were beginning a new series that had the focus of being "free". So, we sat down and decided to pursue a propaganda style of art due to some of the issues and topics that were being raised. We began talking about how it would be cool to actually screen print (ourselves) the art we were creating. Then the idea went to building a big wall in our lobby and wheat pasting it with the posters we were making. That wall would then serve as the art for the series that we are working through. The process itself was a blast. Our church's main graphic designer designed 3 posters and I designed three prospers. We screened the designs in different sizes (18x24,12x18,12x12) allowing only two colors at the most per print. We had a friend with a small press, so we grabbed some paper and got to work in a basement for a couple nights. We ended up printing roughly 70 of each design. I learned a lot of stuff in the process... 1. Our designs were slightly too large for the screens to get solid prints. Printing the 18x24 stuff we ran into issues with not being able to pull solid edges due to the screen tension. I think if we had used slightly smaller designs, or slightly larger screens we would have been in the clear. 2. Next time I'm going to figure out how to do trapping better. Our registration wasn't spot on, and I think some good trapping could have helped us with these designs anyways. Not that these designs were super complex, but even some basic trapping probably would have helped. The bonus of these lessons though,is that for that grungy/street art feel I think it worked to have kinda grungy/inconsistent prints. We had been thinking about how we would try and beat-up the prints a bit to try and get a distressed/aged look. So, this actually worked to our advantage. I think it actually worked for the aesthetic and feel we were going for as a whole. We even left registration and cut marks on some of the stuff to give it a "quick and dirty" feel. After we had the stacks of posters we attacked a double-sided 16'x9' wall with some wheat paste, spray paint, posters, and stencils. Overall, a really fun project and it definitely whets my appetite for more screen printing. It also has given me a much deeper appreciation for what the artists represented here on GP do. It's just phenomenal work. I know "church" can be a touchy subject, but I thought I'd share anyways. If it gets crazy, or if I need to take this down please let me know. I know that on other forums topics of this nature are prohibited. However, I thought it germane to the subject of the board. Obviously, we borrowed visually/thematically from propoganda art, OBEY, etc... to try and create simple iconographic imagery. Can't wait to try it again! So without further ado, here some pics and video: This video plays before the services and shows the process of some of the printing and hanging. It plays behind the band, I've stripped this of audio in order not to step on streaming license issues. This is a low-res version: Here's a time-lapse of the west side of the wall going up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYptSRSod20 Here's a time-lapse of the east side of the wall going up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-npf9CG1b4 West Side of the wall: East Side of the wall; Details:

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    **Sorry for the really bad formatting. Not sure what happened, but I can't even get back in to edit it?**

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    Great process vids. There is nothing wrong with sharing a church-related project here.

    You're right, those screens are a bit small for the image size. Ideally you'd want at least 6" between image and frame... In this case it doesn't seem to have hurt you much because a bit of off-register and inconsistency works with the aesthetic, as you noted.

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    What church....?

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    Yep, larger screens would have been great. That was our major downfall. However, it was good that it worked for the aesthetic in the end. We got lucky!

    Thanks for the kind words on the vids. Fun project to document too.

    This was for Flatirons Community Church in Colorado.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrm27 View Post
    This was for Flatirons Community Church in Colorado.
    Nice work Jon.

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    Thanks Rob! I'm a huge fan of Tiny Bird Press. Really. Great work man. Your new moon-shot poster is fantastic!

    Thanks for the kind words man.

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