In the Kitchen: Transparent Overlays with Sector 9

It’s true – I ride a Sector 9 Bamboo Series for my 2-block commute to work every morning, so I got pretty stoked when they reached out to us to print the commemorative poster for this year’s Angie’s Curves Downhill Event. The design is so good and gets so much done with just four colors, we just had to feature it in hopes that it will inspire you to see some of what’s possible with spot color design… In this case, what’s possible with transparent overlays.

Steps

First, the basics of transparent overlays.
An transparent overlay is created by printing a semi-translucent ink on top of another ink in order to create a third color.

For example.
The yellow on top of the blue makes the green
The red on top of the blue makes the burgundy.
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It’s a really simple way to get more colors out of your spot color designs. To implement this technique on the design-side you simply lay the two overlaying shapes on top of each other and set the top color to ‘Multiply’ – The resulting color will appear to be a third solid spot color. Viola! You are now getting 2-colors for the price of 1.

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The possibilities with this print: 7 colors out of the 3 color layers, a black layer on top and then 1 color from the paper – so up to 9 colors from 4 screens.

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For more on designing for transparent overlays let’s chat it up with the designer – Derek Hall.

First off, tell us a little bit about the design – it’s premise, the event it’s supporting, where you found inspiration for it, etc…
The design was based on an evolution from last year’s event poster. Our riders found this hill several years back and befriended the owner of the land out in the mountains, Angie. She was kind enough to let them skate it, even though it is private property. The hill is quite technical, so they started calling it Angie’s Curves. When Sector 9 decided to host our own officially sanctioned downhill race, it seemed like the obvious choice. Angie also happens to be Native American and raise wolves on her property. The art is pretty much a tribute to her for letting us host the race on such an epic hill.

Did you initially set out to design a screen printed poster or did the design find it’s way towards the process later?
This year we wanted to do a little more for the merchandising of the event than last year, so I suggested a silkscreened poster, gig style, in addition to the hats and tees we planned to run. I got the okay from marketing, so I went into the design process knowing it would be screened and had to create my art accordingly.

What was your comfort level with designing for spot color printing before this project?
I can easily say this isn’t my first barbecue. I’ve been working with tee graphics and skateboard graphics for almost 9 years now, so designing for screen printing and spot colors is fairly regular work.

We count a great deal more than 4 colors in the final print, did you initially design it as all these colors separated or was it designed to utilize the overlays in the way it does in the final print? Where did that idea come from?
The transparent overlays were purposeful. I designed the poster with a limited palette in mind, 4 colors max, and used multiply in Illustrator to test out the combinations of colors to try to create a larger final palette. I’ve followed DKNG over the years, and always loved how they get such depth and detail in their work with such a limited amount of screens and colors. It’s not a process that we use for screening tees or board transfers, so I was stoked to try it out with these posters. Plus, the more colors used, the more difficult the print can be, so keeping the colors down provides less room for error and missed registration… and it’s cheaper. HA!

What was the communication process like working with us? How did it differ, if at all, from working with other printers?
Communication with Mama’s Sauce has been great. You guys are super on point and timely in your responses. It took minimal time to get this project going, which was key as I had a tight deadline. Definitely the most professional print shop I’ve had the pleasure of dealing with, and I’ve dealt with quite a few over the years. I’m definitely looking forward to working with you again, and hopefully soon.

What’s your Sector9 of choice?
It’s an old Cosmic shape, the Rapa Nui. It the very first deck I designed for Sector 9, so it holds a special place for me.

Why Mama’s Sauce?
I’m something of a design nerd, so I regularly check out design blogs and other designer’s work, and I’ve seen some some great stuff come out of your shop. I actually suggested the silk screen posters with you guys in mind, hoping I’d finally have something I could send your way.

Lastly, where can we find more of your work?
Alas, my portfolio is down right now. It’s a designer’s curse, never being happy with your own work, so it’s under construction. However, I do have my hands on just about anything coming from (*ahem… shameless plug) Sector 9 Skateboards, Gullwing Truck Co., Rider Approved Designs (RAD), and Freeride Skateboards, so those are great places to start.

you can buy this beautiful 18×24 print from sector9 online here
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Music in video by Casework (If Hogan’s your salesman here, tell him how good his bass playing is on the track)

Out of the Kitchen: French Paper Co

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French Paper has always been a close partner. If fact, they’re more than our house stocked paper, they’re family. This past week we paid a house call from our house to theirs. Come inside and see how the one of the main paper lines that we use for our letterpress, screen print, and foil printing is made. Scans of their papers are available on our Papers Explained Page here.

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front ext
the man
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superman
pipes
do you even lift bro
rollin
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back exterior
hydro15
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ink
wanna buy one of me papes?

Rifle Paper Co. Sidewalk Sale

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Rifle Paper Co. asked us to do some live letterpress printing at their sidewalk sale, which pops up every few months. Of course we obliged. After all was said and done we printed 700 8×10 art prints, exclusive to the event. Rifle hung on to a few and put them in their online store. It was a lovely two days in Winter Park, Fl 32789 – who’s symbol is the peacock.

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Chalk sign

ice pops

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Paper Load Again

Elizabeth killing it

Plate

Peacock!

On platen

Letterpress handbills

Boots

Girl in window

Kids are cute

Coasters

Cards

Mama Herself

Dudes

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Team

Result

A big thank you to DY from FCTN & Melissa from Rifle for the photos.

Q & A: Sean McCabe & Brian French

Small-QAWe’re hosting a little panel with Sean McCabe & Brian French to talk about design, manufacturing, and the joy of making things. Tickets to the actual event were gone in a flash and many of you (regrettably) don’t live in Orlando, so we decided to webcast this live. We’ll kick off the Q&A at 7:30 PM EST and it’ll run for about 45 minutes or so…ish. Ask us your questions using the chat box under this video and we’ll try to get to all of them! Thanks!

Book of the Year Club: FPO Awards

We’ve been getting antsy waiting for this lil’ beauty to come down the pike. Last year, we walked away from the FPO Awards with 13 winning entries. We couldn’t be any prouder of our production squad. Those lads & lasses put in the hours, the sweat, the tears, the blood, and it’s only fitting that their handiwork should be honored in such a pleasant volume. We’d highly recommend getting your hands on this book. It’s chock full of tasty print & design work. All of it is deeply inspiring to us; we love seeing what other shops are up to!

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A big plus this year was getting the Best of Category award for our collaboration with local pal, Clark Orr, on his Willy Wonka Lickable Wallpaper Poster.

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We’d highly recommend clocking at least a solid 45 minutes on the Web Version of the awards book. It’s a solid way to get deep into the vast array of production methods & approaches that are out there. If you happen to have a coffee table that frequently accompanies scintillating conversation, you should really think about getting a copy of this book to sit on it.

Cleaning Out the Fridge: A Week in Print, Vol. 3

Lots of silkscreen & foil this week. It was fun to re-connect with our pals over at Visual Supply Co. as well as crank out tons of stationery for The Paper Cub. This week’s wedding work really stepped it up, too: lots of unorthodox goodness in that department. Also, we got to print some client work for a graduate of the Mama’s Sauce Internship; that always brings a smile to our face.

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White & Gold foil was used on these self-promotional coasters for Visual Supply Co. Printed on Neenah Classic Crest Epic Black 260 lb. Cover.
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1 color screen printed poster by Adam Trageser. Order here.

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1 color screen printed wedding invite by Stephanie Doyle. Printed on Walnut Veneer.

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Bridal brunch invite by Kristie Hoover. Gold foil stamp on Colorplan Emerald.
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Foil stamped bridal suite by Kristie Hoover on Colorplan Paper

Lillian-It-Business-Cards

Foil stamped & screen printed business cards for It! Events & Media. Designed by Sauce Internship Alum Lillian Vides and printed on duplexed French Pop-Tone Sno Cone & Neenah Classic Crest Natural White.

The rest of these goodies were designed by The Paper Cub and screen printed on French Paper.

Paper-Cub-You-Did-It-Card-2Greeting card by The Paper Cub. 2 color screen print on French Construction Pure White 100 lb. Cover.Paper-Cub-Mothers-Day-Stripes-Seafoam Paper-Cub-Mother-No-Other-CardPaper-Cub-Dad-Youre-Rad-Card Paper-Cub-Hexagon-Card Paper-Cub-Graduate-Card Paper-Cub-Best-Dad-CardPaper-Cub-Mom-Black-Card

 

Our 3 Favorite Valentine’s Day Cards We’ve Printed

Picking our 3 faves was tough (as there are some really good ones) but these here rose to the top. Click the pics to buy them for your sweetheart!

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This letterpressed beauty pretty much speaks for itself. Get free shipping on this one from 55 Hi’s and give your loved one the gift of custom type by the great James T. Edmondson.

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Simple and delightful, this screen printed card from The Paper Cub has all you need…which is love.

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The picture really doesn’t do justice to this card from Beau Ideal Editions. These overlayed fluorescent silkscreen inks will blow your mind in person (or your lover’s mind, I suppose).

Cleaning Out the Fridge: A Week in Print, Vol. 2

Dominated by self-promotional brand pieces and amazing illustration, this week’s roster was equal parts challenging & rewarding.

This week’s photo backdrop: French Pop-Tone Berrylicious

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Coen Brothers poster by MailChimp for the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. 3 color screen print on French Pop-Tone Orange Fizz 100 lb. Cover.

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Mel Brooks poster by MailChimp for the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. 3 color screen print on French Construction Pure White 100 lb. Cover.

MailChimp-Spielberg-Poster

Steven Spielberg poster by MailChimp for the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. 3 color screen print on Colorplan Lockwood 100 lb. Cover.

Kyle-Crawford-Terminator-Poster

Terminator poster by Electric Zombie. 6 color screen print on Stardream Silver 105 lb. Cover. That’s right…silver.

Alex-Anderson-Business-Cards

Foil & Letterpress business cards by Alex Anderson on duplexed French Pop-Tone Black Licorice & Construction Pure White 100 lb. Cover. That’s white & silver foil on the black side, and black letterpress on the white side.

El-Autobus-Business-Cards

Self-promotional business cards by El Autobus. 2 color screen print on French Bubblegum, Fuse Green, Steel Blue, & Whitewash 100 lb. Cover.

Eyespeak-Identity

Screen printed, letterpress printed, and edge painted business cards & note cards by Eyespeak. Printed on duplexed French Steel Grey & Pure White 100 lb. cover.

Evin-Barry-Invite

Split fountain letterpress printed save the date by Emily Burns. Printed on duplexed French Speckletone Madero Beach 100 lb. cover (final weight of 200 lb. cover).

Jaime-Munoz-Business-Cards

Self-promotional business cards by Jaime Muñoz. Black foil on both sides of a Neenah Classic Crest Duplex.

Sevenly-Business-Card

Self-promotional business cards by Sevenly w/ a black screen print and a blind deboss on French Pure White; the edges were painted with a custom Pantone as well.

Sonia-Vishal-Wedding-Suite

Wedding invite by Rashi Birla that combines screen printing and letterpress tastefully.

Cleaning Out the Fridge: A Week in Print, Vol. 1

Okay, we’re gonna give this another shot. Back in 2011, we tried to make a weekly blog post that documented everything we’d printed the week before. Well, that idea got swallowed up in the day-to-day crucible of actually running a print shop. Now, it’s 2014. We’re a bit better-staffed these days (and a bit better at printing) and we’d like to give it another shot. Call it a New Year’s Resolution, if you like… we’ll call it Cleaning Out the Fridge.

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Screen Printed business cards for Pukka Headwear. Printed on black Fibermark Touché.

Meesch-Michelle-Larocca-Business-Card

Screen printed business cards for Michelle LaRocca. Printed with metallic gold ink on French Paper.

Matteis-Tavern-Business-Card

Letterpress, screen printed, duplexed, & die cut business cards for Mattei’s Tavern. Printed on French Paper and designed by Boy Burns Barn.

Crankshaft-Business-Card

Screen printed, foil stamped, & embossed business cards for Crankshaft Marketing. Printed on Neenah Classic Crest Epic Black.

Elizabeth-Hanley-Business-Card

Screen printed business cards for Elizabeth Hanley. Printed with metallic gold ink on black French Paper.

Fritz-Scheller-Business-Card

Foil stamped business cards for Fritz Scheller on Stardream pearlescent paper.

Adriana-Matthew-Wedding-Invite

Screen printed Save the Date by Matthew Ruzzi on Colorplan Paper.

Six-Degrees-Michael-Young-Business-Card

Letterpress business cards for Six Degrees. Printed on duplexed French Paper with a die cut.

Sarah-Gargano-Business-Card

Letterpress business cards for Sarah Gargano designed by Alana Riley. Printed on Crane’s Lettra 220 lb. cover with custom edge painting.

Alchemy-Business-Card

Screen printed business cards for Alchemy Salon. Printed on duplexed Colorplan Paper.

Paper-Cub-Happy-Birthday-Knockout-Greeting-Card

Screen printed birthday greeting card for The Paper Cub on French Paper.

Karen-Brody-Note-Card

Foil stamped note card for Karen Brody on Colorplan Paper.

Joshua-Shank-10-Sparks-Match-Box

Letterpress & screen printed mini-cards and custom matchbox for Josh Shank using French Paper.

Marit-Adam-Wedding-Invite

Screen printed invite with metallic ink by Paper Rock Scissor on French Paper.

Grossbauer-Note-Card

Screen printed note cards for The Grossbauer Group on French Paper.

Kaitlin-Imwalle-Wedding-Invite

Letterpress Wedding Suite by Kaitlin Imwalle on Crane’s Lettra.

Meesch-Michelle-Larocca-Note-Card

Screen printed note cards for Michelle LaRocca. Printed with metallic ink on French Paper.

Val-Melo-Wedding-Invite

Letterpress & foil stamped wedding suite by Val Melo on French Paper.

Paper-Cub-Love-Greeting-Card

Screen printed romantic greeting card by The Paper Cub on French Paper

Megan-Hardwick-Wedding-Invite

Letterpress wedding invite by Natalina Marlow with screen printed envelopes.

Michelle-Jon-Pierre-Wedding-Invite

Letterpress wedding invite by Michelle Ballesteros on Crane’s Lettra.

Make-Poster

Screen printed poster for Tanner Mardis on French Paper.

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Screen printed poster by Ryan Brinkerhoff on French Paper

 

Merry Saucemas

We thought we’d share a few pics from our recent Christmas party. This is actually the first full-on Christmas party we’ve ever had. We always want to, but we just get so dad-gum busy and it never happens. This year, it had to happen. It’s just been such a landmark year for us in so many ways. The volume and quality of our work has seen dramatic shifts over the past year and we just needed to celebrate. Fessey even hosted a trivia hour, which got rather heated. We got together for this family dinner at Palmer’s Garden & Goods and ate some very tasty Italian grub from Prato.

Our friend F Harvell of Occasional Photo came by to shoot the event at very short notice and we’re ever-so grateful. You can see the full gallery here.

 

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