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Crazy 4 Cult 3 and 2cents all in 1 post

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The third installment of the pop/cult movie gallery show at the 1988 gallery out in LA has some amazing work in it. The only thing to bum me out is some of the pieces that are under 20″x20″ and are digital prints in editions of more than 50 selling for $500+. I feel that prints, and especially DIGITAL print outs should not go for $500, unless its a huge print or its a small run or you are a established and well known artist. That being said, i am trying to pick up some prints by 2cents that are going for $25 but i imagine they would be sold out because that price is awesome

rocky horror by 2cents

rocky horror by 2cents

trying to find info on this 2cents person i found this link here not sure if its the same person because it has not been updated in a while but i am willing to bet this is the same. and what do i find on this guys blog but a flyer for a show that he was in with none other than friends of ersdesigns’ Thoms buildmore and kenji nakayama! and i do not know how to link to the video directly but there is an AMAZING video posted on their blog on 5-28-09 i wonder if this will work to link the video::


Silk Screen Printing Tutorial

How to Screen Print a Poster

i am not a good screen printer. i know how to silk screen and i often silk screen projects but I’m just only competent. so when people ask me how to silk screen or if i can teach them how to do it i get kind of hesitant because they will see how loose and flimsy my process is. I’m not sure anyone needs to hear me say, “and then link you kinda do this….ish” that much in such a short amount of time.

but lucky for me and especially lucky for you and my friends I found this amazingly comprehensive guide written by Anthony Skirvin.

what i love about this guide is that this guy really breaks down all the steps that lose people and are harder to explain. most of the guild is very DIY which is good for the casual or beginner printer. for instance he uses a sunny window instead of a light table. the parts where he does use professional level equipment he makes sure to mention in good detail how you can get away with using household or hardware store supplies to get a similar result.
another reason the guide is great because other guides you will find on the subject are for one color designs, figuring the difficulty level too high for the beginner [I am guessing]. but this guide does better than most teachers in explaining how to create a multi color screen print. so most people should feel pretty confident trying this out on their own. or at least the same level of confidence they have as making a one color screen print.

screen print

the only and i do mean ONLY area of the guide i have a bit of an issue with is the process of actually squeegeeing [thats pulling the ink through the screen on to the paper] is vague. when i was learning screen printing, the art of the squeegee was the hardest for me to grasp. there are a lot of small details and tips to be a good squeegee puller. but with everything in life this is something you get better at the more you do it. its just frustrating getting all the setup correct and then trashing paper after paper with improper technique. this is still my weakest skill in the entire process of screen printing so i will end this post with a few of my Squeeegee Pulling Tips:

  • ♦ never change the direction you squeegee on a single print, it shifts the flow of ink and can slightly nudge the paper when you change directions. so go in one direction and only switch pull direction with a new unprinted item.
  • ♦ pull towards you. this is for control of the squeegee blade.
  • ♦ don’t lift up the screen unless you are done with that single print. if you lift up and go back down to do another pass you will most likely have moved the paper a tad and it will look doubled.
  • ♦ keep the blade [rubber part of the squeegee] at a 45degree angle to the screen.
  • ♦ use the correct pressure. you want to have just enough force to touch the screen to the paper and drag towards you. too much pressure will have too much ink going through making the ink seep into the underside of the screen making your print have fuzzy edges and giving a outline effect.
  • ♦ keep an eye on the amount of ink you have to spread. if you don’t have enough you will get ghost images.
  • ♦ on a fresh screen or having spotty areas try flooding the screen by dragging ink across it with out putting downward pressure onto the paper. this readies the mesh by filling it with paint so all you have to do is go over it again with pressure.
  • ♦ have somewhere to put your squeegee down. this sounds obvious but the paint gets everywhere and its a good idea to make some sort of V stand to keep the blade pointing upwards.

so i hope this helps anyone out there. again i am not a good screen printer and I’m bad at instructing people on how to do things so if this makes no sense or you feel i have made an error please let me know and i will try to do amend. but i do recommend that if you are reading this and are at all interested in doing some DIY printing then follow the guide. screen printing is a pain in the ass and more than once I’ve said to myself “never again” but its one of the more useful skills i have and I’m always happy with myself when I’ve finished the project.

in the future i will post about where to get great screen supplies at good prices.

Marvy Garden Craft terracotta paint marker

recently i found myself needing something i couldnt put my finger on. i wanted a smooth even black line i could do curves with but with out the stroke look and uneven edges of a brush. i could have taped off and sprayed but it was going to be a pain in the ass and i didnt want to cut the tape. now ill be the first to admit im no painter and im really clueless as to the various methods but im greatful to tony over at Artist and Craftsman Supply for reccomending the Marvy Garden Craft.

garden craft marker

at first i really was not interested because when i think if paint markers i think of the DecoColor marker as many may be familiar with:

decocolor marker



the decocolors are fine for what you need them for but i didnt want the glossy paint and you can always tell when someone has used this exact brand by the way the paint strokes fro the tip. and they tend to dry out and get streaky pretty fast. these are what i consider to be the first tagging marker for many youths.

the garden craft on the other hand is a thin flat paint that is more like a regular marker than a paint pen. so far i have not run into anything that looks bad when marker with this. the thin paint keeps it from getting gunky and gobby and makes it easy to continue a line or go over something with out showing that you did. so far i have nothing but good things to say about this marker even though its only been a few weeks. also a bonus is that it comes in 3 sizes including a 1inch flat chisel tip.

Vector Magic

i will start this post off by saying, “You’re Welcome” because this site is amazing. if you have ever needed some vector images of flat bitmap files and were not sure how to go about getting them then check the above site. but hell, i know how to go about getting vector images from bitmaps. i know how to do it manually and i know how to use live trace in adobe illustrator. and yes live trace in illustrator is amazing and has made great progress in the last few versions, nothing beats the ease of use as vector magic. i used vector magic most recently when i made the lady hawk design. but this is great for breaking down images to prep them for multilayered stencils too. there isnt really a whole lot more i can say about this site other than the endorsement because it is broken down so well on there. it really makes it amazingly easy.

if you are counting at home thats three [3] times ive used the word amazing.