Read the making of The Mishti Notebook here: The Mishti Notebook – Process Document
I decided to use the same screen for the dark brown ink for the spot UV printing as this was the last effect for the cover.
Day 2: The ORANGE DAY
MIXING THE ORANGE INK: The ink contained in the orange tin (Sana inks) available, right behind Shree Darshini ( NID’s favorite South Indian eating joint) at base of Ellis Bridge, was too dark for the color I was looking at. So we mixed Sana Yellow + Sana Orange to get the desired shade. The trick to get the right orange was to add yellow to the orange and not the other way around.
ORANGE INK ON SCREEN:
BHARAT BHAI CHECKING MY ARTWORK:
YELLOW + ORANGE PRINTED: Now waiting for the third color, brown.
ORANGE INK ON COLOURED SHEETS
APPLICATION OF LAST INK, BROWN
THE RIGHT BROWN COLOUR:
Day 1: The YELLOW DAY
Having the positives ready, I handed it over to NID Print Labs for exposing the screens and the for printing the first color: yellow of the artwork. I want to specially thank Tarun and the entire team at N.I.D. Print Labs ( Shirish Bhai, Bharat Bhai, Patel Bhai, Sachin, Hardik, Sandeep) for the production to be possible and my first hand knowledge in screen printing. The entry of new printing machines into the print labs after ages was a true blessing and a continued effort of the graphic design faculty. As Tarun said, that its a blessing so use it responsibly.
Screen printing essentially involoves 4 simple steps:
1. Exposing the Screen.
2. Mounting the screen.
3. Checking for perfect registration.
4. Printing with the squeezy.
Following are images from Day 1:
SCREEN PRINTING MATERIALS REQUIRED: Squeezy, Inks, Tape, Spare Card sheets.
CLAMPING THE SQUEEZY ONTO THE MACHINE:
CHECKING REGISTRATION FOR ARTWORK:
CLEANING THE SCREEN: for the first application of yellow colour
APPLICATION OF FIRST INK YELLOW onto the screen:
THE FIRST PRINT
SAVING LEFT-OVER INK:
DRYING THE PRINTS ON RACKS:
The Final Artwork is a 3 color file for screen printing. Bharat Bhai from NID Print Labs helped me a lot to separate the files. In screen printing since colors are printed singly, one on top of the other, so 3 files need to be given to the printers to develop positives.
Positives for screen printing are transparent films on which the artwork is printed (each color separated) so that it can be exposed for the screen later for screen printing.
Following are the visuals of how I color separated my artwork.
Positive 1: Dark Brown
Positive 2: Yellow
Positive 3: Orange
The Final Artwork: