Rest screen print on paper

Rest :: silk screen print on paper

Rest screen print on paper

Rest screen print on paper

Dear fans,

This is a new typographical print on paper titled “Rest.” Yes I rested from posting blog posts for 4 months!

Recently I’ve been practicing restorative yoga a lot, almost everyday, sometimes twice a day, once after waking up, and once before bed. During a restorative class, some things are mentioned repetitively, like “relax,” “breathe,” “settle down,” “be comfortable” and “be sweet.” It is truly a challenge to totally give in and not push either my body or my mind. Surely I can’t improve without working hard.

I often doubt myself right after a restorative class, “Did I stretch enough?” “It was so lazy!” But I would feel feather light for the rest of the day during work, workout and home time. Everything becomes easier, it is the strangest thing! What is happening inside during the time I breathe and basically lay on the floor?

I guess…Rest? :D

Here’s how the print was made.

1) Picking a font I wanted to experiment with some fonts that I don’t normally get a chance to use, some more exaggerated display fonts, and I ended up choosing fat, cute Kada. It is also a stencil font so it turned out to be perfect for stencil cutting.

Choosing Kada font

Choosing Kada font

 2) Designing in Illustrator making a simple prototype design in Illustrator to see how it will look.

designing in illustrator

designing in illustrator

3) Cutting the stencil I printed the design out on paper, then using that to cut contact paper stencils.

cutting out the letters on contact paper

cutting out the letters on contact paper

 4) Printing since there’s only one layer and one color, the process is pretty straight forward.

setting up the screen to print

setting up the screen to print

I was going to use this gold metallic ink on the right, but it turns out to be too dark and earthy, so I ended up using the bright pearly yellow that I’ve been using in lots of previous prints.

gold versus yellow

gold versus yellow

5) Runny ink and changing direction Since I can’t do a perfect job on cutting the stencil, there’s sometimes holes that the ink would run through. In this case, it was fixed by simply turning the screen and squeegee from left to right instead of from top to down.

two holes on the stencil

two holes on the stencil

ink running out from the holes

ink running out from the holes

Talking about rest, I was rocking a wrist plaster myself while still doing the printing, without giving my wrist a rest. Oh well, something to work towards. But here, simply dragging the squeegee from left to right prevented the ink from running out the holes at the bottom of the R.

squeegeeing from left to right

squeegeeing from left to right

As always, lots of test proofs before there’s a good print.

proof prints

proof prints

the run!

the run!

Voila! That’s it. It was a small and simple project, restful, sweet, no sweat.

Rest screen print on paper

Rest screen print on paper

 

 

 

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