ALEXROSSI Je Te Prends 7″ Poster Process

Posted: February 24th, 2012 | Author: admin | Filed under: ALEXROSSI, Bleeding Gold, Process | Tags: , , , , | 40 Comments »

Lisa and I recently finished designing and printing another set of posters for Bleeding Gold Records, this time around for ALEXROSSI’s latest single, Je Te Prends. Here’s a look at our process (guest appearance by our friend Karen Morrison).






Year of the Dragon Process

Posted: December 18th, 2011 | Author: admin | Filed under: Process, Year of the Dragon | 60 Comments »

Just printed out Year of the Dragon Posters today! The illustration for the Dragon was the most challenging of the series so far, but Lisa pushed through and the results are wonderful. We also landed on an awesome color scheme that we are really excited about. Pics of the final will be posted soon.




Process- Back on the Wagon 2011

Posted: February 22nd, 2011 | Author: admin | Filed under: Process | 63 Comments »

After a few month hiatus, due to Lisa visiting family in Baltimore and my 2 week adventure in Thailand, Kaizen is back in action! We just completed our Year of the Rabbit poster (the colors this year are awesome) and we’re getting started on some upcoming projects. We’re confident this will be our best year yet. -JM

Karen sat in on one of our sessions and helped out with an integral part of the process: blowdrying!





Cubes Process

Posted: September 8th, 2010 | Author: admin | Filed under: Cubes, Process | Tags: , , , , , | 47 Comments »

In our desire for a shape-driven project that would allow us to experiment, we ended up with this design. Lisa actually outlined all of the dots (props to her dedication to the hand-touch!). Below are some shots of the transparencies, screens, and a few initial prints. A post of the final outcome(s) is on its way! -JM





Mess is More!

Posted: June 21st, 2010 | Author: admin | Filed under: Final Prints, Mess is More, Process | Tags: , , | 73 Comments »

This past weekend we decided that it was time to push our experimentation. With our open studio coming up this Saturday, creating some t-shirt designs to wear seemed like the perfect opportunity. Starting with a very basic type design, we then went on to intentionally mess the screens up as much as possible during the burn process, which resulted in unpredictable, but amazing shirt designs (Lisa gets credit for coming up with the “Mess is More” line).

The process involved under-washing, scratching, spot-brushing on emulsion remover, re-coating part of the screen, re-burning that part of the screen, then more random washing and scratching. This may all sound very complicated, but in the end it was all intuitive and just naturally developed as we went along.

There is no way we could have pre-planned the beautifully random results. -JM






San Diego Poster process

Posted: June 16th, 2010 | Author: admin | Filed under: Process, San Diego Poster | 58 Comments »

We are really excited about this one! Months in the making, our ode to San Diego is about to see the light of day. From day one we have really wanted to experiment with using the screen burning process as a means to produce random texture and intentional mess-ups. This project seemed like the perfect candidate. Finding the right balance between distress and refined image has been challenging to say the least and with other variables (including some very fine detail in the design) it has taken us quite a while to get to this point. Fortunately the results are everything we could have imagined. Without further ado, here are some images of the project in process. Stay tuned for a post of the final poster. -JM




New Year 2010 Process

Posted: December 15th, 2009 | Author: admin | Filed under: New Year Card, Process | Tags: , , , , | 54 Comments »



A sneak peak of our process for the 2010 New Year Card…

Without giving too much away, I’ll say that it is two color. It has a pattern. And we spent a long time mixing the second color. We had our greatest success in aligning the two colors with this piece, though we faced some challenges with ink bleeding.

We are writing and mailing now…who knows? Maybe one is on its way to you.

We’ll post the final in 2010.

New Squeegee

Posted: November 28th, 2009 | Author: admin | Filed under: Process | Tags: , , | 65 Comments »

Our old Squeegee started producing a streak, so we finally got a new one. It has a softer durometer (70) and has worked like a charm so far! It was so perfect when we got it at McLogans. It only took a matter of seconds to stain it with ink, but in our opinion the more messed up it is, the cooler it becomes (as long as it doesn’t affect the print quality).

new squeegee-2

(and no, I’m not licking it)

an (abstract) old to new comparison

It is also worth noting in this post that Lisa and I have realized how truly little we know about silkscreening. We hit a few bumps in the road that made us realize that some of the things we have been doing are not correct. Our process was producing reasonable results, but not supporting larger runs and such. This motivated us both to research the endless silkscreening resources online. We experienced some discouragement as we discovered that we weren’t implementing certain basic techniques. However, we were also encouraged to see how much we were doing right, which stood as a nice contrast to our feeble understanding of the process when we began our endeavors a few year ago. It will be exciting to see how much further we progress in the next few years! -JM

Raveonettes Concert Poster Process, Part 2: Printing

Posted: October 7th, 2009 | Author: admin | Filed under: Process, Raveonettes Concert Poster, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , | 60 Comments »


The next step in our process after washing out the screens was making prints that combined the two layers into the finished product on high-quality paper.

We had some doubts about the main screen (for the red ink), primarily about the clarity and density of the half-tone pattern on the mic and most importantly the mic pole. It didn’t seem that enough of the dot pattern had washed out for the last “e” in Reveonettes to read, but we decided to go through with a few prints anyway to see how they worked.

We started by mixing the ink for the first screen. We were going for a blood red, not too primary, but also not too maroon.

Next, we aligned the first screen to the paper. We have been using the transparency as a way to help us align them evenly.



The first layer inked fairly evenly, and the color worked well on the paper. We dried them and then re-aligned with the second screen. This time we ran black ink for the microphone cord/noose.

The completed prints were moderately successful. We achieved the right look-and-feel for the band, and our alignment was working. But looking at the prints from the combined screens, we realized we really do want to get those half-tone dots washed out and fix a few other details that didn’t come through in the main screen.

Our plan is to burn a new screen and try again. New prints to come…-LS

Raveonettes Concert Poster Process

Posted: October 5th, 2009 | Author: admin | Filed under: Process, Raveonettes Concert Poster | Tags: , , , , , , , | 60 Comments »

We decided to tackle another concert poster, as both Lisa and I have always been big fans of music and the design that accompanies shows. Looking ahead we saw that the Raveonettes are coming to the Belly Up in November and decided that they would be band whose style would be interesting to translate into a Poster visual.  In our initial brainstorm session we tried to narrow down their musical aesthetic to a few main ideas and we ended up with: 50s/60s inspired, heavy feedback, and dark lyrical overtones. [We took on this poster for fun, so it is not officially gonna be sold at the concert or even used to promote the concert. However, it gave us some fun content to work with and hopefully it will be one step towards real opportunities in the future] -JM

Initial brainstorming

Comped layouts

My trusty lightbox

hand-drawn pieces

refined layout comps

We burnt the screens on Saturday and it went really smoothly. The only problem we experienced was washing out the detail of the halftone dots on the mic and also a few letters of the type at the bottom of the poster.

We reuse our screens when we are done with a project, but often ghost images of the old projects remain (see the remnants of the moviegoers poster on the screen below). The build up of faint layers of past projects is really starting to give the screens personality! (though it makes it a little difficult to discern the details of the new coated screen image on top)


Test prints on newsprint

Rinsing the ink out of the screen

Close-up shots of test prints



Stay tuned for the final poster prints!