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The Mishti Notebook – Process Document

Read the making of The Mishti Notebook here: The Mishti Notebook – Process Document

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The Mishti Notebook

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Spot UV Printing

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.

UV Printing Ink and Technique

After UV Printing, the artwork enters the heat lamination machine.

…And out it comes

…And the sheets are collected on the racks

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Print Production: Day 2

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.

Mixing the orange ink to get the perfect color

ORANGE INK ON SCREEN:

Orange Ink on screen

BHARAT BHAI CHECKING MY ARTWORK:

Bharat Bhai checking my artwork for registration loop holes

YELLOW + ORANGE PRINTED: Now waiting for the third color, brown.

YELLOW + ORANGE and now waiting for brown

ORANGE INK ON COLOURED SHEETS

Orange ink on coloured sheets.

APPLICATION OF LAST INK, BROWN

Application of Brown Ink

THE RIGHT BROWN COLOUR:

Examining the right color of brown

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Print Production: Day One

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 SETTING:

Setting the screen

SCREEN PRINTING MATERIALS REQUIRED: Squeezy, Inks, Tape, Spare Card sheets.

Materials needed for Screen Printing

CLAMPING THE SQUEEZY ONTO THE MACHINE:

Clamping the squeezy onto the machine

CHECKING REGISTRATION FOR ARTWORK:

Checking for perfect registration

CLEANING THE SCREEN: for the first application of yellow colour

Cleaning the screen

APPLICATION OF FIRST INK YELLOW onto the screen:

Appication of the first ink yellow on the screen

THE FIRST PRINT

Bharat bhai checking the first print

SAVING LEFT-OVER INK:

Sachin and Bharat bhai putting back left over ink.

DRYING THE PRINTS ON RACKS:

Prints drying on the racks

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Choosing Paper

Well I wanted a non-glossy paper with a pure white color and non-textured that was thick enough for cover paper for the notebooks. So I went to Sun Papers at Paldi, Ahmedabad and finally decided to use Sun S083 Series with 210 gsm thickness.

Sun S-083 Series- The choice for cover paper

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Colour Separation for Screen Printing

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: