i just wanted to start by saying...SCHOOL IS CRAZY! i love that i get to go to school to pursue my passion...i feel so privileged, but at the same time--dang, i hate being swamped with a million projects. we are only human! so since we're being worked like horses, it's resulted in some happy results (i do so love redundancy). so i've decided i'm going to start posting up my works, good and bad just to put myself "out there."
so lately, i've been going print-crazy using different techniques. we had a youth camp a few weeks ago, and we had to make 60 t-shirts to give out to everybody. i designed the logo and created the stencil for it and my friends helped apply it to the shirts. the next step (the most tedious of all) was to hand-tag (graffiti art for those of you who are not familiar) everyone's individual name. a task that would not have been so daunting if it was done in marker, or at least regular paint. but this was fabric paint, and it needed a million strokes per letter, times 60 shirts, equals i want to shoot myself. hahahaha. i'm just being real, but it was rewarding at the same time; because here's the jig, after the stenciling of the shirts with the help of friends, the rest was a one-man show. on top of that, i had like 2.5 days to do it, on top of mommy-ing and full-time school. it was insane i tell you! INSANE! :) the last step was to screen print a Bible verse on the lower back of the shirt with my very own Yudu! i got it just a few days before camp, so i needed to hustle and get those shirts finished. i didn't even do a test run. i just went up and at 'em! i cranked out 60 shirts in a few hours. it was good.
this here be a Yudu machine. lots of complaints online, but i love this beastly machine. i say "beastly" because this thing is huge and the picture is deceiving. i'd say it's comparable to...an apartment-sized stovetop with the thickness of a whale. haha, or maybe more like a desk. i'm not even exaggerating. but seriously, this thing is so awesome. if you have any qualms about getting one because of the huge amounts of negative reviews, ignore them. get the Yudu! so cool!!!
this is the stencil i made for the shirts. the theme was "iGeneration."
here's the stenciled on shirt :)
the Bible verse that was screen printed on with my Yudu. me love!
not sure if you can see the names, but that was the tagging portion of it.
a tank top i screened for hannah giraffe's birthday. :D
another shot of it
and now for negative experiences...i just bought the L Letterpress by Lifestyles/Quickutz because the little machine showed so much promise and i wanted to get my feet wet in the art of letterpress. of course the real old-world art comes more from the classic letterpress machines. those heavy duty ones of old. i was not to be deterred by some of the negative reviews it had gotten just because i like to give things the benefit of the doubt, just like i did with the Yudu which yielded great results!
so anyway, my little letterpress came yesterday, and i was so excited to try it out! then i began cranking the plate through the machine and i hear what sounds like plastic breaking...after a long while of trying to figure out how to take apart the machine, i found that the gears were broken! now, how can a machine break when using the materials that came with the kit and nothing else added? preposterous. so now my letterpress tool is just stuck in limbo inside the machine with a brand new plate also in it. there is no way of getting it out as it is wedged between steel...bummer...we'll see if customer service pulls through...i'm willing to give it another shot if they'll send me a new one to replace this faulty one, but otherwise, it was a total fail.
on a more positive note, i have decided to invest in a tabletop platen. since i am a budding graphic designer, i thought it would be good to have a few different mediums to work with for my toolkit. i just ordered a refurbished Adana 8x5 (which cost quite a pretty penny--it'll take a while to get a return on the investment, but i think it's well worth it), which will come in a month after getting refurbished. totally excited! a month feels like a horrendously long wait...but nonetheless, my name is on one...
in the meantime, here is what an Adana looks like. she is beautiful to me. mine will be turquoise/tealish in color. :)
and to close it off with another homemade goodie, this is a record cover i had to do for class. i decided to do it on one of my favorite bands' single, "Untie My Knots" by the Mumlers. DO CHECK THEM OUT! they are so ingloriously awesome! my friend Brian Archuleta, the multi-talented musical genius is in the band, and let's just say he kinda liked the cover. i gave his band the fully assembled one.
more work to come! as Porky Pig says it best, "a th-th-th-that's all folks!"