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Feb 23, 2017

Everything You Need to Get Started in Screen Printing for about $50 (or Only $100 to Go All Out)

We all have designs, and we all have ideas. And sometimes, they just have to get out of our heads and into the real world. Screen printing is a great way to ink art on just about anything from shirts to posters to wood. If you figure out how to do it right, it's the easiest way to create dozens of copies fast. So here's our look at the right gear and techniques you'll need to get started today.   

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Feb 02, 2017

How To: Make Custom Art from Your Own Fingerprints

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It's nearing Valentine's Day, and though my sweetheart and I don't usually do gifts, I wanted to make her something special. We're not big on the whole Hobby Lobby, scrapbook-y, shrine to ourselves approach to artwork, but I did want to incorporate a personal element. I recalled the custom DNA portraits I'd seen, and when searching, found the fingerprint prints offered by the same company. While I wouldn't even begin to understand how to go about visualizing DNA, I figured the custom fingerprint approach was probably pretty achievable.

And...it was.

I even figured out a way to make it seem a bit more handmade than the cold, tech-ier versions offered by the online companies. And, it only ended up costing me $6.00 USD. (I'm so thankful I've got someone who would be proud of me for creating an inexpensive DIY route, rather than impressed by how much I spent.)   

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Aug 13, 2015

How to: Print Professional-Grade Photos

Living in the age of social media as we do, it almost seems preemptively nostalgic to talk about a love for physical things, but I think we'd agree that there is beauty in the tactile. Hanging a physically framed photo shows intention and an eye toward design, so printing the best photos (and having a good frame) is key. Which is why Popular Mechanics took the time to put together this great how-to guide to help you print the best photos whether at home or online.    

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Nov 17, 2014

Holiday Gift Idea: Aluminum Photo Prints

Aluminum Prints

With the holidays right around the corner, the search for perfect gifts is underway in force. Spring for something memorable like these aluminum printed photos from PostalPix.   

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Nov 03, 2014

The Art of Sports Architecture

Target Field PrintFrom the Roman Colosseum to the new Levi's Stadium, sporting arenas with all of their sights, smells, and local flavors, are a major part of the sports experience. Ballpark Blueprints LTD creates these original artistic renderings in an attempt to capture the beauty of sports stadiums.   

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Aug 27, 2014

How to: Make Easy Large Scale Wall Art with Custom Frames

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This post could be titled: "who doesn't want a giant dinosaur print in a frame you made yourself on your wall?" Cause, that's what's a-happening here, friends.   

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Feb 27, 2014

How to: Add Custom Decals to Personalize Any Glass Jar

How to personalize a honey jar

You can print on paper, you can print on fabric, you can even print on wood, but customizing glass has remained a little elusive. 

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Dec 10, 2013

The Chart of Hand Tools

We're always big fans of Pop Chart Lab's work, but we get especially jazzed when they start talking about a most ManMade of subjects: hand tools. 

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Oct 29, 2013

The World's Smallest Printing Company

Designer studio Letterproeftuin - a "traveling open-source...neo-craft workshop that emphasizes the creative process and exhibits its results" has created "The Smallest Printing Company," a tiny but fully functioning installation that produces tiny posters and books. 

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Apr 10, 2013

National Parks Explorers Guide Checklist

I have a new goal on my life list: visit every U.S. National Park. As of now...I've been to exactly: two. I don't really live near too many, and as a kid, my family tended to travel to the same few places every year. But, I'm legit serious about this one, and I'ma get started this year on my next vacation: a trip to all five National Parks in Utah in late summer/early fall 2013.    

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Jan 21, 2013

A Visual Compendium of Famous Guitars

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The team at Pop Chart Lab has released their latest cultural compilation: famous guitars from throughout music history. 

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Dec 13, 2012

"Phrenology of a Gentleman" and Other Vintage-Inspired Manly Posters and T-Shirts by Maiden Voyage

A ManMade Twitter follower just sent me a link to this great Etsy shop, Maiden Voyage, who sell tongue-in-cheek graphic illustrations inspired by humorously outdated notions of manly things.

The team describes their brand,

The term "maiden voyage" conjures up images of massive floating zeppelins, prop driven planes and towering ships embarking on their initial journeys. With these vessels came adventurers and their desires to discover the unknown. Their expeditions were retold in countless enchanting tales. More often than not, recounts of these stories became embellished, adding to their mystery and intrigue.
It is this mixture of truth

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Nov 29, 2012

How Bryan Nash Gill Makes His Amazing Prints from Cross-Sections of Fallen Trees

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If you've been around the design and craft blogosphere in the last five years, you've probably seen Bryan Nash Gill's "Woodcut" series, where the artist makes large-scale relief prints from crosscut sections of actual tree trunks and limbs.

Gill is about to release his first book of prints,

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Sep 04, 2012

The RGB Colorspace Atlas: All the Colors in the World in a Single Book

Move over paint swatch fan decks... Tauba Auberbach has designed a book featuring, supposedly, every single color possible, ever.  

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Apr 05, 2012

Song Map: A Road Map of Song Titles

Many a song has been written about "the road." From bluesmaster Robert Johnson's Faustian deal with the devil at the crossroads to a good twenty-five percent of the Bob Dylan and Paul Simon songs in the sixties, many tunes memorialize specific places, or the journey along them.

English design firm Dorothy collected 390 song titles and organized them into a singular, incredible road map.  

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Feb 02, 2012

"Big Lebowski" Prints that Will 'Really Tie the Room Together'

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There are few, if any, movies that I have seen more than The Big Lebowski. Seriously, it was basically played on a loop all four years I was in college. For me, it's really the defining film of my generation. Or at least my coming of age years.

Etsy seller Visual Etiquette has created an expansive series of prints based on quotes and scenes from the movie that will "really tie your room together".  

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Oct 25, 2011

Amazing Collection of Vintage Spray Paint Cans

Artist Roger Gastman has assembled a new book called, Tools of Criminal Mischief, which features, among other things, this amazing collection of vintage spray paint cans.   

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Oct 19, 2011

A New Spin on Typographic Maps: Continent Prints

Using well-chosen and hand-sized type to convey cartographic relationships has been quite the trend over the last few years. I believe ORK posters were the front runners, and their work continues to be amazing. 

But I love this fresh, reduced approach from Orange & Park.  

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May 25, 2011

How to: Make a DIY Wooden Pennant

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Last week, my friend Kelly shared these awesome wooden pennants on her site, Design Crush. I loved the way they evoked such a classic shape, but avoided the cheap felt look, and opted for woodgrain.

The designs there weren't really my style, so I decided to have a go at making my own.

You should, too! Here's how.  

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May 25, 2011

How To: Create A Letterpress Effect in Photoshop

Letterpress is certainly one of printmaking's most beautiful techniques: the textures of the embossed letters, the way the ink interacts with the fibers of the paper.

But, it's also one of the least easy printmaking processes to get into. Whereas stencils, stamps, and even screenprinting can be approached with supplies from the art store, letterpress requires, well, a giant, heavy press, cases of type, and fancy metal plates concocted for each specific project. 

In short: one does not dabble in letterpress.

So, what's left to do, especially if you design intends to end up online? Recreate the effect in Photoshop.   

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