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New Art Print Release: Elephants Never Forget

New 4-color, silkscreen printed art print "Elephants Never Forget", click for more details or to purchase from my website.

Hooray! I finally had the chance to print a new art print that I’ve been wanting to do for a long, long time. Introducing our new “Elephants Never Forget” hand pulled silkscreen art print. Sharp-eyed strawberryluna aficionados may recall a similar illustration from a poster for Xiu Xiu from way back in 2006. We still liked these two so much, we brought them back to life in a new hand pulled silkscreen art print.

Freshly available for purchase here at my website and also in my Etsy shop here.

Elephants really don’t forget a thing. And when you’ve found your perfect match, what’s to forget? Fall in love, stay in love. It’s simple!

  • I love elephants.
  • They are amazing and noble creatures.
  • I think they are perfect to symbolize the “forever” part of being in love.

Elephants Never Forget is my 4-color, all hand screenprinted love forever art print with hand mixed Cyan, Magenta and Black inks. Super fun overprinting layers of ink make a soft purple where Magenta & Cyan overlap. Magic! Edition of 200. Size: 16 x22 inches (39.4 cm x 55.9 cm.) Paper: no acid, archival Cougar, White 100lb cover weight.

Additional photos below are from my studio during the hand silkscreen printing process. Click any image below to see more process photos in my Flickr account too.

1st color (Magenta) ink waiting to be printed. Click to see more screen printing process photos.

2nd color printed, overprint fun! Click for more screen printing process photos.

Elephants peeking through the screen. Click for more details & silkscreen printing process photos.

All finshed! New 4-color "Elephants Never Forget" hand silkscreen printed art print.

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New art print released: Coffee, Thee & Me – new 4 color edition

New colorway & 2nd edition of my art print "Coffee, Thee & Me", available now! Click to for more info or to purchase from my website.

Mmmmmm, coffee & love & BFFship. There’s little better, right?

Back by popular demand, I’ve got a brand new 2nd edition of my sold out “Coffee, Thee & Me” art print. Now in a new colorway, with 2 metallic inks. Hotcha!

The copper ink on the giraffe and the black ink on the elephant are both metallics, and they have a subtle sparkle and shine to them. The new hand-mixed grey inks for the elephant are also purposely left a little bit rough, so some of the prints have a really nice texture to them too, just like an elephant.

Hot off the press, printed by me by hand and ready for a new home. Mmm. Coffee.

I’ll have some process photos soon (packing for Renegade Chicago today, so it might not be for a few days), and until then? Have another cup. Enjoy!

Coffee, Thee & Me, 2nd ed. is now available on my website by clicking  here and also in my Etsy shop here.

Close ups of the metallic inks on the Giraffe & Elephant:

Metallic copper inks! Good for rendering cups of coffee & giraffes 🙂

Metallic black ink makes an elephants features stand out.

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Steeltown Stock, poster art show opens this Friday, June 4th!

There’s a new poster show in town, and it’s going to be rad. I’m thrilled to have been asked by the excellent Pittsburgh arts blog Steeltown Anthem’s Mundania Horvath to be in Steeltown Stock, a big fat cool showcase of local printmakers and poster artists.

Steeltown Stock opens this Friday, June 4th at the <C> SPACE COLLECTIVE on Penn Avenue (4823 Penn Avenue, 15224) with an opening reception. Posters and prints on display as well as other prints will be available for purchase, many directly from the artists themselves. How cool is that?! (Unfortunately, I won’t be able to be there for the opening reception since I will be in NYC for the Renegade Craft Fair Brooklyn, but I will definitely be around for the closing reception on Friday June 25th, so stop by then too.) Posters & prints will be available for sale throughout the duration of the show, but will be in limited quantities for sure.

The many faces of Pittsburgh printmaking and design will be represented at the Steeltown Stock gallery show at the <C> Space Collective from letterpress to silk screen, block printing, and more all wrapped up into one rad talent pool of illustration and design printed by hand and locally by working Pittsburgh artists.

Steeltown Stock Details:

Location : <C> SPACE COLLECTIVE at 4823 Penn Avenue, Pitttsburgh, PA 15224

Show Opening reception : Friday June 4th from 6-9pm

Show Closing Reception : Friday June 25th from 6-9pm (Last chance to purchase prints before the show closes.)

Participating artists:
strawberryluna
Bearded Studio
Black Sheep productions
Justin Flagg
Phil Mollenkof
Andrew Paul
War Admiral Press
Stewart Williams
Rachel Sager
Cara Kleid
David Pohl
Diana Hurd
Michael Cocco
Sam Thorpe
L2 Design Collective
Sapling Press
Wall-to-Wall Studios

And here is an abbreviated sneak peak at some of the works & artists showing at Steeltown Stock, (click any image below and be sure to visit Steeltown Anthem for more images and info.) Images below courtesy of Steeltown Anthem.

“Tour De Yinz – Part Deux” Digital by Justin Flagg

"Black Angles" show poster by L2 Design Collective

“Pittsburgh.” 16 x 20 screen printed by Phil Mollenkof

“Typewriter” by Cara Kleid

"St. Vincent" 16x22 screen printed by strawberryluna

“Life Lessons” 9.5 x 15.5 3 color screen print by Rachel A. Sager

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New art print released: Spring Cardinal


New, hand screeprinted, 4-color art print "Spring Cardinal". (Click to purchase or for more info.)

Freshly off the presses and now available: you are looking at my Spring Cardinal, the spring 2010 art print. What a happy little fellow!

Hey hey! Tweet! Tweet! Spring Cardinal is a part of my new Seasons series. This is the sixth print in series of seasonal prints that I’ll be releasing. Ready? Here’s the mind-blowing part = there will be 4 per year.

This year for  the 2010  Seasons series, I am doing things a little differently, rather than making a new image for each season, I’ve decided to follow the same bright red fellow in the same scene, across all 4 seasons. We have lots of Cardinals here all year round. I love looking out of my window and seeing their amazing scarlet red color jumping out from wherever they are, and whatever they are up to.

Although the original “Winter 2009” prints are sold out, I’ve printed a new edition, in a slightly different colorway titled “Winter Cardinal” to round out the first two seasons, (see the below photo), now available at my website here. Summer Cardinal, the summer 2010 print will be available shortly thereafter. Keep a sharp eye out!

Winter Cardinal, 3-color hand screenprinted art print. (click for more info or to purchase.)

Spring Cardinal is my 4-color, all hand screenprinted art print with tender mint green, bark brown, scarlet red, and new-leaf green, hand mixed and non-toxic water based inks. All prints are hand signed and titled. Additionally photos are selections from the hand screenprinting process. Size: 16 x 22 inches (39.4 cm x 55.9 cm.) Paper: archival Cougar, White 100lb cover weight.

This new art print, Spring Cardinal is now available here, at my website.

I design & hand screenprint my prints and posters. If you have any questions, just let me know. Below are a few selections from my photos of the hand screenprinting process for this new art print too. Click any of the below images for more information and / or to visit my Flickr account:

Screens drying for my Spring Cardinal art print.

1st color printed for Spring Cardinal.

2nd color, the crimson Cardinal's body printed in my Spring Cardinal print.

3rd color, bark, beak & wing brown, printed for my Spring Cardinal art print.

All done! 4th color printed and on the press for my Spring Cardinal art print.

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Our Iron & Wine poster in Ready Made, home decor by Bee Things.

Some of the gorgeous walls chez Bee Things, including my Iron & Wine poster from 2005.

While spring cleaning away this past Saturday, I’d left a small pile of fun mail as yet un-opened and un-perused. So, when I took a little sit-down break and read a tweet from my friend Beth from Hero Design that she saw our Iron & Wine poster (sold out, sorry!) in a spread the new April/May issue of Ready Made magazine, I kinda freaked out. Funny enough, my own issue had just arrived the day before but I hadn’t had a chance to open it and read it yet.

So, of course I tore in immediately 🙂

The feature is on the absolutely amazing and beautiful home of Texas design and screenprinting, husband & wife duo studio, Bee Things, (Jeff Barfoot & Shay Ometz) whose work I have admired from afar for a while now. So, seeing their superbly decorated home, so fantastically well curated and without being fussy or overly intentionally showy (you know what I mean!) featured prominently in a 10 page spread was a complete inspiration and a big blushing moment. I think it’s fantstic how you can see their love of printmaking in all forms by the incredible collection of prints that they have hanging everywhere in their home.

A room full of awesome. The Been Things livingroom and book collection.

Bee Things run a screenprinting studio from their home, from design to printmaking, which we of course relate to and love. And the sunlight that they get in their East Dallas space is completely lovely. They also did a great little tutorial on the screenprinting process for Ready Made that you can see in the April/May issue, and it’s also available online here as well at ReadyMade.com. I love the quote from Note the great IKEA flat file ALEX (the while drawer file in the lower left), a screenprinter’s pal. We have one too in our office! It’s a great way to store films, paper, and ink jet printer inks, among other tools of the trade. Good show Bee Things 😉

Bee Things studio.

We’re just beyond flattered and tickled to the gills to have a design & screenprinting couple, like us, like our work enough to hang it in their home and among their other quite formidable print treasures. And, just so you can see more awesome, this is the entire last page of the feature on Bee Things adorable home below.

Full page scan view.

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F*ck Up! A Test Print Exhibit

Just a few of the Test Prints in the exhibit.

FUCK UP :: A Test Print Exhibit

It’s a new gallery show that I’m in! And what a great name. I love it. I have a few Test Prints in this new show, opening on April 2nd, 2010 in Lincoln, NE  at
SCREEN INK  from 7:00pm – 11:00pm. If you have a Facebook account click here for the Event Page & all of the details. And also, for more information check out this article describing the show and the screenprinting process as well as a little info on Test Prints & why so many printers have them.

Test prints are by-products of the screen-printing process that contain a multitude of layers of color and shape from numerous different posters, resulting in (occasionally) beautiful, one-of-a-kind monoprints. Because the process is completely spontaneous and unplanned, imperfections and accidents are embraced rather than shunned. FUCK UP is an art show that illuminates this emerging art form with a collection of prints from numerous international artists, both celebrated and up-and-coming. Test prints are an intersection of art and design, individuality and mass production, inspiration and collection, planned and impromptu.

Check out this sneak peek of the promo poster for the FUCK UP show. 11 colors down, 6 more to go!

OPENING: April 2nd, 2010 in Lincoln, NE  at SCREEN INK  from 7:00pm – 11:00pm
Please join us at our First Friday opening reception for booze, classy hors d’oeuvres, shit-talking, and brown-nosing (not necessarily in that order). You’ll meet some of the artists and can badmouth the ones who didn’t show up. DJ set by Darren Keen from The Show Is The Rainbow!! The official after party will be located at the nearby YEE OLDE TAVENRE.

Featured Artists
The Bubble Process (Cleveland, OH and Brooklyn, NY) – http://www.thebubbleprocess.com
Delicious Design League (Chicago, IL) – http://deliciousdesignleague.com/
Doe Eyed (Lincoln, NE) – http://www.doe-eyed.com
Bennett Holzworth (Lincoln, NE) – http://www.bennettholzworth.com
Steady Print Shop Co (Minneapolis, MI) – http://www.steadyprintshop.com
Ron Liberti (Carrboro, NC) – http://www.gigposters.com/designer/18832_Ron_Liberti.html
Micah Max (Omaha, NE) – http://www.micahmax.com
Pat Oakes (Omaha, NE) – http://www.inktankmerch.com
Sidekick Design (Portland, OR) –http://www.gigposters.com/designer/43745_Sidekick_Design.html
The Silent Giants (Detroit, MI) – http://thesilentgiants.com/blog
Dan Stiles (Portland, OR) – http://www.danstiles.com
strawberryluna (Pittsburgh, PA) – http://www.strawberryluna.com
We Buy Your Kids (Sydney, Australia) – http://www.webuyyourkids.com
Workshop (Lincoln, NE) – http://www.workshopworkshop.com
Young Monster (Chattanooga, TN) – http://www.weareyoungmonster.com

One of my Test Prints, available for sale n my Etsy shop. (click for more info or to purchase)

Addendum! Here is a great review of the opening night of the Fuck Up Test Print show complete with an awesome video of the crowd and live test print tshirt printing and of course, tons of rad Test Prints on the walls. The video is HERE!

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Fresh Batch of 8 new Test Prints up in my Etsy shop!


Test Print 23, freshly up & available in my Etsy shop (click for info or to purchase).

Sha-bam! I’ve finally prepared a new batch of Test Prints for web sales. I love love making test prints, and the ever-rotating stack that I am working on & taking to shows is proof positive. Is it bad that I don’t often get a chance to put them up on the web for sale? I don’t know. It’s true that I usually only have them available for sale AT shows and in person. But, every now and then I like to add some of my favorites to my Etsy shop and the Gigposters.com classifieds for sale.

And hey, being snowed in under about 3 feet of snow this week made cataloging and preparing photos (taken well before the snows, as my driveway backdrop can attest) and descriptions a real possibility. So, I present, 3 of the 8 new Test Prints up, available, and ready for new homes, just like puppies.

Test Print 27, ready to go to a new home (click for more info or to purchase).

What are Test Prints? Good question Grasshopper. Test Prints, also known as Make-Ready, or Monoprints, are made from various layers of different prints from different print runs, sometimes as a way to check colors or help re-wet and open a clogged screen, or maybe to just goof around with alternate colorways, seeing how they look together, or to test transparency (especially useful if you print with transparency bases a lot like I do). Test Prints are spontaneously created and basically, magical. Hence once a test print is sold, that’s it, gone baby. They are fully one-of-a-kind prints. I always keep a few with me in the studio while printing and every now and then one looks suddenly nice & done.

Test Print 28, an oldie but a goodie (click for more info or to purchase)

So, these prints and 7 others are now available for purchase from my Etsy shop here. If you don’t have an Etsy account it’s free to sign up for one (and easy!) or if you don’t want to set one up, they will also be available for a limited time (about 30 days from today) in the Gigposters.com classifieds here. And, of course you can always contact me if you simply wish to purchase any of the Test Prints currently available online (all viewable in my Etsy shop without signing in or up) if you wish too, just email me at strawberryluna [ a t ] straberryluna dot com.

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