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Friday, 19 February 2010

Screen Printing

Trial and error is an understatement when it comes to my trials and errors into the foray of screen printing. I've wanted to make some of my own screen prints for a while now, I got the opportunity to do some at Uni and college before that, as well as letterpress and a host of other printing goodnesses. But since then have never attempted my own set up, I've had things screen printed, i've even helped run and printed on an industrial screen print machine.

So i set about on my challenge, to date, I have bought 2 screens, A3 and A4, i've also bought 2 UV black lights, constructed a light box A2 size, bought inks, fillers, photo emulsions, 275 watt photoflood bulbs, fittings, scoop coaters, squeeges, drawing fluids, halogen work lights, 200 or so transparencies (half of which are no good) acryclics, fabric inks and a few packs of anadin extra as a result.

The initial problems I met with were things like exposure times and getting the right materials, I felt a bit like Tom Hanks in the Money Pit! but eventually I got everything I needed. Spraying my screen to clean it out and push out the filler was also a problem, i'm still using the shower with the head taken off and my thumb over the end for the high pressure! it works!

I think it's all about working out what is right for you and what set-up works, I managed to finally get a set-up that worked best for me, I'm sure you will see examples on my site and as part of a new project that I've been working on a while now, which is finding it's feet.

If you have any screen print questions, get in touch at info@mikelemanski.co.uk

Thursday, 4 February 2010

A Poster a Day

Here are two posters I've created so far for my 'a poster a day' series, basically my sources come from anything I find interesting and want to give a voice too.
day 1. part of a future of computing series.
day 2. OCD awareness week.



it's not the greatest photo, I took it on my phone as my camera battery died on me, the posters are A2 printed on 200gsm cartridge paper. I might sell some of these originals when my site is back up!

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

I think this January just gone was the longest I can remember, so I welcome February and hopefully a little more sunshine? On the work front I've been really busy. My site is coming along, so it should be up soon. I always feel that there isn't enough up to show, it's been a year and a half since it was last up, and in that time I've been busy working with little time for my personal design pursuits. It has allowed me to read though which is nice and also get back into painting and drawing etc, which has now become a major direction I hope to pursue.

I'm currently working on the Coca-Cola Olympic games visuals, so cans, pet's, billboards etc freelance for attik, I can never show any of this work as I have NDA's coming at me from all directions.
I have a list as long as my arm which is full of ideas for my own personal work and explorations, it's something nice to chip away at over the coming year.

From today I am also starting the 'poster a day' campaign, which is where I create a new poster everyday, I need to find subjects for these e.g concerts, festivals and general going's on that people need to know about. if you have something maybe I could help? I need 365 events!

Here is a (really bad) photo of my studio, I could do with a bookcase, I have a pile of books almost as high as me!(not in the shot) does anybody else find that bookcases in general don't accommodate for art books, they need to be deeper and taller, we seem to be stuck with shelves, with their limitless height and variable lengths, somehow a bookcase just seems neater though.


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