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How to Make a Four-Way Repeat Pattern

This is a pretty fool-proof method for creating a design that can be tiled to create a seamless repeat. 

You could…

…scan it and have the finished repeat design digitally printed onto fabric. 

…create the drawn elements using opaque paint markers on vellum and use it directly as a silkscreen transparency. 

…create a design that could be carved into a woodblock or linoleum and used as a repeated block print. 

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We needed to build a couple of hinge boards for upcoming print events today and we thought, what better time for a how-to? A hinge board is the lynchpin for any home based screenprint set-up and it’s super easy to put together.

one. Purchase a piece of ¾" MDF from the hardware store, we bought ours from Home Depot and they cut it down to size. For dimensions, we recommend about 2" extra on each edge beyond the size of your screen. MDF is good because it won’t warp like plywood and its nice and heavy so won’t shift around during printing.

two. Coat the MDF with a couple of coats of shellac or polyacrylic so that you can wipe paint off and protect the MDF from water damage. It can really soak up water and misshape. 

three. Grab your pair of hinges. Position and measure them at the top of your board. Mark the screw holes for drilling reference with a pencil. 

four. Drill a hole in the MDF in the middle of the markings. Line up the hinges and drill in your pair of screws. Your hinges are now tightly attached.

five. ta-da! That’s it! Happy printing!

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We are thrilled to announce that Print Club Boston prints are going to be stocked at the newly established Print Workers Barcelona. Print Workers is a membership-based screenprint co-working space with what looks like glorious facilities and now also a print store. PrCB will be in great company with the likes of Barba and Damien Tran also having prints available in store. 

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At long last behold our complete set of images from the incomparably photogenic store that is Little Paper Planes, San Francisco. In addition to being a hub for the beautifully made and carefully curated, LPP is a huge supporter of artists and makers and even has a residency program that connects these creative individuals to collectors and the broader public. Love, love this store and so grateful that Print Club is among the LPP crew. 

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We’re super excited to share the details of our first print swap. Good friends of Print Club and awesome Boston-based framing company Adjective Art and Framing swapped a print for a beautiful maple, white-washed custom frame. Check out some pics of their shop in South Boston and our happy prints living in their new, impeccably made homes. 

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Our newest printerview is with Berlin-based graphic designer and printmaker, Damien Tran. There is so much amazing printed work on his website I could barely select a reasonable amount for a blog posting, there are many more worth highlighting. 

When did you start printmaking?

I started screenprinting around 2007 in Rouen/France. I set up a small studio and learned slowly by myself, mostly printing posters and artworks for my own bands. I started considering it as a real job when I moved to Berlin 5 years ago.

Where do you make your work? Home studio? Shared print space?

I have a small atelier where I do all of the collages, drawing and computer work. Then I print in a bigger space, that I share with 8 other friends.

Who would you love to collaborate with?

I started a collaborative project 2 years ago with my friend marion Jdanoff called Palefrio. We produce silkscreen books, posters and art prints together. It is also a space to invite people to work on some projects with us. 

For the future I’d love to do something again with Ronny Hunger and marian Bodenstein (Fuzzgun 91), and maybe with the people from Owsum Collective in the Netherlands. 

Where are some of your favorite spaces in Berlin for contemporary art or design?

My favorite place would probably be re:surgo which is a printing studio and a shop. They sell their own production as well as a good selection of zines and books. Another good place is Le Petit Mignon, a record store and oriented in experimental and noise music, with tons of zines, books and prints. Then, Supalife Kiosk and Neurotitan are also two really nice galleries and library for comics, zines and prints. 

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Color-Aid is kind of the holy grail of packets-of-colored-paper. The amazingly vivid colors are actually screenprinted on the separate sheets so they’re also incredibly tactile. I had a couple of packets kicking around I found on sale at the MoMA store a few years back and decided what better material for a Print Club business card than a few brightly colored selections from the pack. 

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It’s been a week of local print swaps we’re happy to report! The first swap was with creative director/graphic designer Benjamin Shown who picked up our pink floral trellis in exchange for his awesome Maritime Flags screenprint he designed for the Hello Poster Show.

The second was with local silversmith Courtney Dougal of My Sunset Road who nabbed our pink/orange floral number for a couple of her absolutely beautiful silver earrings.

Somerville creatives were representing this week!

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Our new print swap is a real good one. Today we scored a beautiful C-type print from Northampton, MA-based artist Esther S. White in exchange for our orange/pinky number. Her series Flowers for All Occasions is a collection of photographs taken at various New York City bodega flower stands. Her thought-provoking project description is well worth a read, check it out on her site. Stay tuned for a profile of Esther in the coming weeks too, in addition to taking killer photographs she’s also a printmaker! Hot dang!