A few years ago, I bought a Yudu printer. I believed the hype: “You can print white ink on black paper, just like a Gocco, except it’s made in the USA, you can print up to 11×14, and you can re-use the screens…” If you, or someone you know, is on the fence about whether or not to buy a Yudu printer, here’s my advice: DON’T DO IT.
If I would have just taken some screenprinting classes from an instructor who uses the old school Andy Warhol technique, instead of trying to teach myself with “new and improved” technology, I’d have an entire arsenal of screenprinted merchandise by now.
However, instead of an arsenal of screenprinted merchandise, I now have an arsenal of unpublished illustrations. I’ve found 2 solid solutions to my printing problem:
1. Take classes from Atlanta Printmakers Studio. Right now, I’m enrolled in the Relief Printmaking class with Chris Neuenschwander, and I’m learning how to make lino cuts and wood cuts. The results of my maiden voyage into the world of lino cuts is featured in today’s post.
2. Upload files to Society6, and let them print for me. Society6 is awesome because there’s a whole community of talent, and the program takes away some of the more laborious tasks associated with digital marketing, printing, production, product photography, shipping, handling, e-commerce, and all that jazz. There was even a pre-fab widget built just for people like me with WordPress sites, so I can advertise my own merch with fancy banners on my website.