Screen printing madness

Screen printing has taken over my life lately. It’s a long trek to the studio and it takes forever to set up to print, but something about it keeps me going back. Here are a few projects that I have going on:

Jellyfish and Skulls pattern!

Jellyfish and Skulls

A macro shot of our new friends


How Milo Died: a double sided accordion book.

The ghosts are printed with glow-in-the-dark ink

Ghost boy's name isn't Milo

You'll have to read it to find out who it is



Process: The Jellyfish Book, Part 2 of 2

Sorry for my delay all! Without further ado, here’s part 2!

To recap, here’s a closeup of one of the jellyfish transparencies.

After you make transparencies, you have to actually screen print your book which is long and painful but really rewarding if you get it right. It takes a while to explain how to do it so I’ll keep it simple. When you screen print, you separate each color you’re using onto their own screens. Then, one by one,  you print each color onto a nice piece of paper, starting from the lightest to the darkest color. That process takes a while, but it’s kind of beautiful, because your image starts to appear slowly like waiting for a Polaroid picture to finish exposing.

I decided to print on 3 different types of paper.

  1. Iyo Glazed rice paper
  2. Rives BFK Cream
  3. Rives BFK Gray

    Here’s a closeup of the Iyo Glazed, which I thought came out the best. Out of all the paper, this gave me the best looking texture.

    And here’s a closeup of the BFK Rives Cream paper:

    After everything was printed, the next step was the cut and fold the paper. My ruler, xacto knife and bone folder spent many hours bonding over this book.

    Here’s a close up of the intestines.

    And here is the final fold out. I haven’t glued the pages together, made a cover, or decided how big my run will be(how many copies that will turn out well), so there’s still a lot more to do… but so far, I’m really happy with how it came out!

    So it’s not over. I’ll be back to show you the completed book!

    Process: The Jellyfish Book, Part 1 of 2

    I’ve been having a lot of fun working on my last accordion book for my screenprinting/book making class so I thought I’d share with you my process in making it.

    Shall we start at the beginning? An idea can sometimes start with something as stupid as this:

    A glass of water and someone throwing up

    Hm, that was an interesting start but kind of weird. The water reminded me of the jellyfish I drew a lot of recently so maybe I’ll start from there? How can I make that work into a book? When I made the coffee book, I thought it looked nice but it lacked any kind of narrative which made it a little boring. So after a while, I came up with this:

    Jellyfish inside a whale.... jellyfish being eaten by a whale! A HA!

    A book about being eaten by a whale. Jellyfish like that can be easily mistaken for plankton?

    An interesting idea isn’t enough. After I get a concept, I spent a long time fleshing out the details. Everything from how the jellyfish would gather on their way into the whale’s mouth, the position of the whale’s eyes, how the book would eventually look slightly folded open, etc, are all small but important details to me.

    The devil is in the details, right?

    After I sketch enough, I start making the transparencies for screen printing. Some people draw their images on paper with a pencil first and then draw their images onto transparencies with a pen but I decided to skip the step and just wing it and start with the pen on the transparencies. Sometimes it’s more fun to just deal with the consequences.

    The first 2 panels

    The last 2 panels

    I made a bunch of other layers too… in screenprinting, each color needs its own transparency…. oh man, this is a long process. I’ll continue this in my next entry!

    More jellyfish

    Still working on those jellyfish but now there’s some action going on.

    I’ve been drawing so many that I think I’m getting OCD. Sorry about the bad scan– a weird shadow appeared when I put the drawing into the scanner.

    Here’s a closeup. Does it gross you out? I can’t stand polka dots so it’s kind of grossing me out…

    I’m putting my little drawing obsession with jellyfish to work into a new screen printed book. No jellyfish will go to waste!