Silkscreening allows for lots of experimentation and technical play. The amount of colors utilized play a big role on how cheap or expensive the print will be. When both of these factors come to together, additional colors can be created by overlaying one color over another by finding the exact level of ink transparency.
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals asked me to create a set of silkscreened posters to commemorate their Fall 2010 tour, and with the band hailing from Vermont, I wanted to create a piece for them to bring on the road that would capture something truly iconic of their home state. I chose to create a collage of leaves that together forms a maple leaf. All of the leaves making up the collage were scanned and hand-collected by me in Jeffersonville, Vermont!
In order for the design to come together the way I intended, the three colors I chose for the leaves had to overprint in a very specific way. The inks had to be just transparent enough, and I think the right balance was definitely achieved in the end. In order for the text to remain as crisp as possible (and to avoid a total registration headache) a last-minute call was made to print the text as a 4th color of opaque white over the leaf collage. It was a great decision and really helped the print come together as intended!
FPO (For Print Only), is a division of UnderConsideration, celebrating the reality that print is not dead by showcasing the most compelling printed projects.
FPO uses Fonts.com to render Siseriff and Avenir Next.
FPO is run with Six Apart’s MovableType
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UnderConsideration is a graphic design firm generating its own projects, initiatives, and content while taking on limited client work. Run by Bryony Gomez-Palacio and Armin Vit in Austin, TX. More…
blogs we publish
Brand New / Displaying opinions and focusing solely on corporate and brand identity work.
Art of the Menu / Cataloguing the underrated creativity of menus from around the world.
Quipsologies / Chronicling the most curious, creative, and notable projects, stories, and events of the graphic design industry on a daily basis.
events we organize
Brand New Conference / A two-day event on corporate and brand identity with some of today's most active and influential practitioners from around the world.
Brand Nieuwe Conference / Ditto but in Amsterdam.
Austin Initiative for Graphic Awesomeness / A speaker series in Austin, TX, featuring some of the graphic design industry's most awesome people.