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 moreÂ 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.
Â 2) Designing in Illustrator making a simple prototype design in Illustrator to see how it will look.
3) Cutting the stencil I printed the design out on paper, then using that to cut contact paper stencils.
Â 4) Printing since there’s only one layer and one color, the process is pretty straight forward.
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.
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 andÂ squeegeeÂ from left to right instead of from top to down.
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.
As always, lots of test proofs before there’s a good print.
Voila! That’s it. It was a small and simple project, restful, sweet, no sweat.