August was a great month for printmaking as I finished two print runs. Now the arduous task of publishing them online and selling them will begin. Before that happens we’re having a Dough Giveaway along with some Andy Warhol books! First, the print…
“Dough” was first declared done in May of 2016. Wow. Then it was a 5-color silkscreen print and I debuted it at the first ever Neat & Keen Open Studio. To my dismay (and possibly good fortune) I didn’t sell any copies then. Since it wasn’t out in the wild anywhere, I decided to print more colors on top of it this summer and here’s what we have.It is now a 7-color silkscreen on 19 x 25 Cougar 100# cover stock. When I first printed it over a year ago I was determined not to get carried away with the number of colors, but now that it has two additional screens I love this piece even more.
Below you can see what it looked like after the sixth color went down. Not too much different from the original.However, with the final fade printed around it, the two other background colors give it a nice subtle texture. Overprinting is awesome! While there were originally something like 75 copies of the 5-color version, the edition is now limited to 45 copies of the 7-color version. Each copy is signed and numbered in the lower right with an archival safe Faber Castell PITT silver pen.
A handful of one-off monoprints and hand embellished versions also exist. I plan to have the standard version for sale next week. However, you can totally win one before they go on sale!
Andy Warhol and “Dough” Giveaway
Two lucky Neat & Keen fans will win a copy of the “Dough” print along with some Andy Warhol books! When the print was first conceived I didn’t think I’d be doing a pop culture mashup (it’s a thing that has been done to death), but that’s where it went. So to further pay homage to Andy we’re giving away some books.
Grand Prize: “Dough”, Giant Size Andy Warhol, and The Andy Warhol DiariesThese are huge monster books. The diaries are light on pictures, but Andy Warhol Giant Size is chock full of them. It’s still amazing to me how prolific Warhol was and how impossible it seems to see all the things he’s done.
Runner Up Prize: “Dough” and The Philosophy of Andy WarholA to B is a pretty quick read. I think I read it in a single night at my last job while chopping through some thick slow cutting ductile iron. It’s a different look into Andy’s life than you might be used to and if you’re keen on the history, you might figure out who some of the B’s are.
All you need to do win is follow the raffle instructions below. There are multiple ways to get entries and we’ll choose the winners on the evening of Friday 15.
Speeding Motorcycle Print
The last time I made a dedicated post about this print was a year ago tomorrow! The printing has been done for a few weeks now, but some touchups and hand embellishments still have to happen.
The blue and orange version are the two “standard” editions for this print. There are more blue than orange. I still have to evaluate a few more and decide if they are passable. The registration was pretty tight on these as the films were all hand drawn with the keyline being pretty thin in some spots.Check out some recent Instagram posts to see lots of process shots and some monoprints.
As I write this I’m still undecided if I’m going to use watercolor paints to color in the amber of the turn signals. I knew from the get go that I didn’t want to bother burning a screen for such a small area. I will probably experiment on a few of the rejected prints to see if I like it or not. If I get my act together I might have the standard editions for sale next week as well.
The title comes from a Daniel Johnston song which inspired me in part to buy this bike (though I prefer the Yo La Tengo version). The image is of my 1996 Triumph Thunderbird motorcycle which I sold two years ago to finance my screen printing equipment. Now I dream of having a screen printing studio, a motorcycle, and a job I don’t hate. It’s good to have dreams.
All The Rest
I’m a week away from going on vacation to attend RiotFest…and I think I’m going to skip it and sell my ticket. Instead I think I might host another Neat & Keen open studio here in DeKalb. Although the services I offer are kind of a niche market, it’s difficult to get business if people don’t know you exist. Kind of shooting for an October 14 date. Hopefully that’s not too late to have some live music going on outside.
I’m still prototyping various dot-grid layouts for a possible physical prototype and crowdfunding campaign. I’ll have a dedicated post about that shortly. In the last couple of weeks I’ve had 25 different combinations of dot sizes and colors printed for me. Who knew there was such a big difference between a 0.0225″ and 0.0200″ dot?
Sadly, I haven’t touched the guitar I’m making in a while. Every time I go out to work on it I feel like I’m lacking an essential tool to proceed. Now that these prints aren’t hanging over my head, maybe I’ll get back to it. In fact, maybe I’ll get out there right after I finish this entry. More news coming soon!