Thursday, July 30, 2009

Twilight Madness

Yes, I confess, I'm a Twilighter. I loved the books, and saw the movie in theaters three times. Please don't judge me, I swear I like normal things too, like running and fishing and canoeing and a good margarita. I just finished up these bad boys for my etsy shop and a couple of boutiques in Rockwall. Let's hope they sell!

I totally have a soft spot for Jacob. Not too much because I think he belongs with Bella or anything, I just like his character. He's a cutie.

Team Edward. You know. Just in case. I like Edward, of course. But my boyfriend is a Jacob and he's much happier when I pimp that tee around town ;)

Vamp it Up. Cause who doesn't need to do that every now and then??

And for the dreamers out there, Mrs. Cullen. I would personally be thrilled to have an immortal, gorgeous, mind-reading husband. He'd probably take care of the dishes more often.

I'm really hoping these are a hit in my etsy shop, they're pretty cute in my opinion and I'd love to be able to make more creative shirts like this, instead of always printing for someone else. But we'll see!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Midnight River Choir Tshirt Printing

It's always a good idea to spread the word to everyone you know when you're starting a new business. I had just finished testing my new Yudu when my boyfriend put me in contact with a band his best friend plays the drums in. Apparently he heard they were having a hard time finding someone to print tshirts, and he let them know that I was just the woman for the job. Ain't that sweet? He totally got a very generous thank you for that one ;)

I'm still having a hard time applying my emulsion perfectly on the first try, but I got the hang of it on the second try. I just hope I figure out the secret soon so I can stop wasting my emulsion sheets! They supplied black shirts to be printed with a white design (specifically "cocaine white", which was an interesting color request. But I suppose I achieved it, what do you think?), and black ringer tees with a black ink athletic design. I printed a few other styles as "market research", since I've never seen a girl too excited to don a baggy shirt making her look two cup sizes smaller. So I chose a bright peacock blue for a white tank, and then a black tank with the white design. They look pretty good, no? I'm wearing one to their gig tonight in hopes I get a new order. They were great to work for, totally laid back and pumped about the end product. I'd definitely be excited in working with them on more merchandise, koozies anyone?

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

That Thing YuDu

Have you heard of the Yudu? It's an all-in-one screen printer that's completely portable and pretty easy to use (once you get the hang of it). After hearing about it and checking out the sample at Michaels, I decided to bite the bullet and invest in one with the hopes of selling tees and tanks of my designs as a side business.

It wasn't so easy to get the hang of for me. The first step is to adhere the emulsion to the screen. The video makes it seem so easy, but it took me a couple of tries to really get the hang of it. Another annoyance was that my new screen came with a design already on it, which means I had to remove it before burning what I really wanted.

I finally managed to adhere the emulsions (amidst much cursing and violent gesturing) and burned my 2 color design into them. I had a slight mistake on both, so instead of wasting yet more money on the name-brand blockout, I just slapped on some green nail polish and will remove it when I'm finished with the design. The beauty here is that all you have to do is remove the emulsion (with expensive emulsion remover) and your screen is ready to go again! Very handy, I think.

The first pass went well, but at the end I figured out that you have to rinse the screen between each print. Seems obvious to most, but I've only done intaglio printing where you simply add more ink each time. So by the time I started the red I had the process down.

The second pass went well, even with lining up the designs properly. I'd say it was a pretty successful venture, and I can't wait to get started with real shirts!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

In the Beginning...

You gotta start somewhere, right? First posts are always a bit awkward, so I'll just cut to the chase and rip this band-aid off.

New projects are exciting. They pretty much take over my life. I even dream about working on them, something I've done since high school with plain old class projects. There's just something invigorating about tackling a new giant. I've got a lot of pans on the burner right now, so it's going to be great to just dive right in! And plus I have my Handy Dandy Notebook iPhone to document the process. And maybe soon when I get the opportunity to invest in the 3Gs they'll be in even better quality!

So tune in later today to check out my new side venture and what's to come!