Posts Tagged ‘100_days’

Byam-Show updatez

January 24, 2012

Here are some quick photos of the space (that we spent 2 days fixing up) for the printmaking show at Byam Shaw.


Otherwise, we will hopefully print some posters tomorrow -or at least prepare the artwork. I presented my hand-made inkjet project and they decided to do it in screenprinting (quite the opposite of my intentions) but since we will also print it directly onto the wall at the entrance it will still look good and have a bit of coherence. Mus also wants to try having 2 layers printed and one that ould projected on top, worth the try I think. I’ll still sneak some inkjet printed flyers anyway ☞☜

Also, in order to relate to the exhibition in Kings Cross we will use Phil Baines’ font that is already on the posters there, which unfortunately I have no image of.

Finally they decided on a name for the exhibition and that is:

Analogue/Digital part 2: printmaking at Central Saint Martins Archway Campus


First Drafts -byam shaw exhib- 100 days of printmaking

January 19, 2012

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I have been experimenting with the hand-made inkjet technique for the Byam Shaw exhib ‘poster’. The name for the show  is most likely to be a 100 days of printmaking, in reference to the 100 years of printmaking at csm exhib. After dozens of sleepless nights I came with the wonderful idea of using the name only, simply with different colours for the letters and set in size 100pt (see screenshots of the impressive artwork ☟)

☟ the different layers

✄ This was the starting point ✎

☟check out the different printed versions from the same file☟

☝ on this one I swapped the colours: the cyan layer is printed in magenta, the magenta in yellow, I skipped the yellow layer and kept the black one black.


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Following this idea I played with different frequencies when making the halftones, I used 30lpi on the previous prints but for the next one (☟) I used 15 for the cyan layer, 30 for the magenta, 55 for the yellow and 30 for the black. see for yourself:

☝ It creates patterns (doted patterns to be precise) but I’m not too fond of this because it takes abit  over the inital idea and make the whole image more complicated.


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Looking back at the first prints I thought that 30lpi was a bit big for the size of the print and I wanted to refine it a bit so I decided to use 40lpi for the other halftones ☟

☝ initial work

☝ the 4 layers (cmyk) overlapped on photoshop

And of course the print ☟


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Another path I went down —or I could go down depending on how I will use the posters— is to have 1 big letter by sheet, therefore I would write the name of the show by aligning A4 sheets like these☟



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Finally, I tried a more subtle way to introduce different tones and have the process colours overlapping with my good friend the gradient☟

☝ screenshots

☟ prints, the first one s without the black layer, the second with it.


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What I get from these so far is that I will probably use A4 as the standard format and my small inkjet printer. I want the final outcome to be true to the process and actually print the posters this way rather than scan one, enlarge it and print it again.

hand-made inkjet cmyk

January 14, 2012

I was thinking about the Byam Shaw exhibition, and what kind of poster would be suitable to promote it. How could I mix printmaking (especially screenprinting) with the digital technologies? I remembered the CMYK process printing that I explored recently with my prints and thought about doing it with an inkjet printer, by hand.

Basically, I made a random illlustration (see ☝) just to test the process, separated the 4 layers (cyan, magenta, yellow and black), made them as halftone images the same way you prepare your prints in screenprinting and then I printed the 4 layers separately on the printer.

I tried two different illustrations, one with a black that is 100% black (as ☝) and one with a black that is 100% cyan, magenta, yellow and black (as seen ☟) —also, sorry about the bad photos

☟ I explored different ways of printing such as starting by printing the black layer, then yellow, then magenta and finally cyan (usually you do it cmyk) ☟

But actually it doesn’t change anything.

☟ I also made a version without the black layer (that is to say cyan, magenta and yellow only)☟

What is also interesting is when the registration gets messed up, as it often happens in screenprinting.

☟ Beforehand I made some print tests as I wasn’t sure if the different layers should be transparent or not (because I would use very transparent inks in screenprinting) ☟

☝ c 75%, m 50%, y 75%, k 100%

☝ c 75%, m 75%, y 75%, k 100%

But I noticed it doesn’t need to be transparent as the printer’s inks are already meant to be overlapped to print full colour images.

So that’s it for the moment, I look forward to explore this in context!

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January 12, 2012

Today I framed two of my prints from last year that will be exhibited at Byam Shaw (there) along with other works. This exhibition is a complement to the ‘100 years of printmaking at Central Saint Martins‘ and will feature recent works done by students and graduates using printmaking.