Stop the presses!


3 color cat screenprint

So my birthday passed about a month ago but I wanted to share this awesome gift Brian made for me- a 3-color screen print of one of our cats. He used the photo emulsion technique that we’ve used to make screen prints in the past (like the clock he gave me last year!), but since it was three colors it required three screens and using registration to line up the colors.

Handmade gifts are my favorite! Now I’m trying to finagle one of the other cat :)

Here’s the polaroid he used to make the screens:

cat polaroid

On Friday, I got to tour an offset printing facility with one of my classes. I couldn’t take any photos because of their non-disclosure agreements with clients, but it was such a cool experience! I loved seeing the behind the scenes and getting a little better understanding of how that industry works.

While we were there, they were printing the ballots for November’s election at a rate of 10,000 ballots/hour/press- pretty amazing! It was fun to see the ballots lying there in giant stacks, waiting for us to determine the fate of our country for the next four years. {Okay- after voting in 4 presidential elections I’m not really that naive anymore, but I’m still fascinated by the process :)} The man running the press explained to us that even though it was a one-color job, it was important to watch out for any stray ink spots that could register as a vote.

The printing industry is so interesting and I love learning about it from at-home screen printing up to million dollar budgets. Like with learning anything, I’m finding the more I learn the more I realize I don’t know. There’s so much beyond hitting print and hoping for the best with my Epson!

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9 Responses to Stop the presses!

  1. The cat print is SO cute! Home made gifts really are the best. Two years ago for Valentine’s day my boyfriend made me a digital print of us together he did from a photo and I was so impressed! I think actual print is really cool too, I wish I knew more about it!
    Happy Monday!
    xo Hannah

  2. Katrin says:

    What a wonderful gift! I love love love it!

  3. Suzanne says:

    Lisa, this is the coolest thing. What an awesome gift! And great choice of photo to use too. I’m more than a little jealous. :)

  4. Miki says:

    What a cool gift! And how lucky to have been able to visit an offset printing facility! I find it fascinating :).

    Hope you have a great week, Lisa! ;D


  5. Marisa says:

    Whoa Lisa, that’s such an adorable and quite thoughtful gift. I can totally imagine it looking quite perfect in that awesome home of yours! That tour of the offset printing facility sounds so intriguing. Oh the things that I have never given thought to – I really don’t know much of anything about the industry, sounds exciting though! xo Marisa

  6. Amanda A says:

    That is the BEST birthday present ever. Oh my god. Give that man a pat on the back and a hug from me for just being amazing.

  7. Cara-Mia says:

    That is an incredible gift! Handmade gifts really are so meaningful, I love them.

    And that’s so cool you had that tour. I’d be interested in seeing that, too. :)

  8. Cb says:

    What a great print! I love it so much. What an interesting tour too, that would have been fun to see and learn about.

  9. What a cool idea, it turned out so well!

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