Dear fans, (warning: long post)
Remember I said that if you have any request, you can ask me? See what I made for K, who asked me to turn the post It is like a question mark into a T-shirt and I made it into a limited edition print. Ask and you’ll receive…something :)
I’d like toÂ dedicateÂ this edition to two people. One is the martial arts teacher Brent who said “It is like a question mark” and inspired me, and the other is the teacher who taught me everything that was required to make these prints–Larry Sommers–who passed away about 2 years ago. I miss him very much and I will think of him every time I pull a print.
Screen printing is something quite popular among artists right now, especially street artists because of its ease of reproduction. Besides screen printing, I also know block printing, etching and monotype as other printmaking techniques. Do you know I got a degree in these things *chuckle* but seriously, I got a college degree in reproducing images with antiquated techniques. These days I’m in bed with Photoshop every night, but still there’s nothing like seeing how the ink, the screen, the paper, my fingers, my sweat all interact with each other in one image. It is something Photoshop can emulate but never reproduce.
I first designed the main image in Illustrator and printed it out. I made a somewhat organic drawing with silkscreen drawing fluid to create a subtle background for the question mark. It just so happened that it turned into heart shaped <3
After the drawing fluid is dry, it was time to coat the screen with screen filler. Basically the screen filler fill up the pores of the screen except where the drawing fluid lies. Then the drawing fluid is washed out with water, and you’re left with a nice stencil on the screen.
I used aÂ metallicÂ ink for the bottom layer. It is subtle against the cream-colored paper and has a shine against light.
For the top layer I chose to use the contact paper technique to create the stencil on the screen. Contact paper is the sticky stuff your landlord uses to line the kitchen drawers which you can get in most hardware stores. They are great for creating stencils because they are sticky and it’s easy it cut any shape out of it. After the shape is cut out, the contact paper is then stuck onto the screen.
Due to myÂ stupidity, I made my stencil the wrong way and it came out flipped! I had to make another one. Forgive me Larry, it’s been a long time.
Printing the top layer.
This is a limited edition of 30 prints. 30 good prints. Which means that I wasted about 20 copy paper for tests and another 18 good paper with sub par stuff. Each of theÂ editionedÂ print is signed and numbered. The sub par/test stuff was signed as artist proof. Sign prints with pencil because pen and ink will fade over time. You don’t want this because the print is more valuable after you die, and your name gotta stay up there for a awhile.
Do you like? Do you want? Remember, just ask, and you’ll receive…something :)