A set of cards laying around to keep him inspired, and a stack of matteboard his buddy Nick Stockton found by a dumpster while still in college was all Neil Hubert needed to move forward with his self-promotional piece of five recipe cards.
I work at a bar on the weekends, and we have a really great bartender named David Turkel who has been in the business forever. He really turned me on to cocktails and the history of the mixed drink. And watching all the seasons of Mad Men didn’t hurt either.
Working together on the printing, Neil and Nick had a bit of knowledge going in that helped them achieve the quality they sought.
I love tiny type — which is a pain to screen print, especially with a semi jerry-rigged setup, and doing everything by hand. So to get our text looking nice we needed a high mesh for our screen (220) and we used a professional exposure unit, which makes all the difference. You can burn screens using just a lamp, or build a lightbox with fluorescent tubes but neither will give you good enough results to use 5 pt. type. Some smaller screenprint shops will coat and burn screens for you — sometimes they’ll sell you their old screens cheap too.
We printed the cards using water based inks. Water based inks are awesome to work with — no messy chemicals, but they will dry in the screen, especially in the fine details of a design. so its important to keep the screen flooded with ink. You pull a print, lift the screen, and then pull ink through the screen to keep it flooded. Keep a spray bottle with water in it handy. If the ink does dry and the screen gets locked up spray some water on the back side of the screen and scrub it with a towel to open it back up.
Sounds like this duo knows what they are doing, and hopefully we will see more projects from them in the future.
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