Screenprinting in Brooklyn

[excuse the clutter of my laundry]

This past Saturday I drove to Brooklyn for a t-shirt screenprinting workshop I signed myself up for. Back in high school I did a lot of stenciling on t-shirts, and when I was in college I started getting into screenprinting after majoring in graphic design & was getting better at designing. I asked my dad to help me make some wooden frames, bought some emulsion, ink, etc and would develop screens in my dorm room and shared bathroom. I was hooked! I made some t-shirts for myself and printed a couple designs on shirts and bags for my Etsy shop at the time. (When I mean a couple, I mean literally a few– I was doing this very small scale!) I eventually even printed t-shirts for an on campus club I was a part of.

Since college, I haven’t done too much screenprinting and I’ve been itching to get back into it. I thought about how I could be taking more advantage of my surroundings since moving closer to the city–I did some research and found a couple screenprinting studios right in Brooklyn.

Here’s the process of my design — initial sketch, finished digital version on transparency film, and pushing ink through the screen.

When I got there the folks at Gowanus print lab had our screens developed so we could just go ahead and print print print! I wish I could have taken more photos when I was there but my hands were busy handling the ink and squeegee!

I was able to print on 5 shirts, a tote bag, and some poster paper. Also, i’m super glad I picked the silver ink. I learned a lot and loved being able to print in a professional place instead of the hard way I was doing it before.

I can’t wait to go back and do some more printing. When I do make more, this is likely to be the first screenprinted design in the shop. I’ve been planning on putting shirts & bags in there sometime soon and this was just the kick in the ass I needed :)

My Essentials

I came across this agency’s site which has a brilliant team page featuring a unique visual of each team member’s essentials. I couldn’t help but ponder over what couple things I would choose for my own essentials in life. Here’s what I picked!

- Dot Grid notebook by Behance
- Macbook
- Rollerskates
- Black coffee
- Sewing supplies
- Canon Rebel DSLR

Notice how the colors match? Totally not planned! Looking over it now the only adjustment I would make is to add a guitar cable :)

Do we have any similar essentials? Are yours similar to any on the awesome team page I linked above?

Adventureland

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After work on Friday, I spent the late afternoon at the local amusement park called Adventureland. It was a lot bigger than I remember it being as a kid!

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Usually when I edit photos I end up desaturating them, but I wanted to try something different this time around: increased saturation.

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frisbee

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The dinky kids lady bug roller coaster was my favorite.

Do you usually edit photos in the same style, or change it up often? Have you been to any amusement parks yet this summer?

Quick DIY: Desk Drawer Makeover

Once upon a time I made the mistake of lending my brother a set of drawers from Ikea that I wasn’t currently using. He used it when he moved off campus in college, and when he returned the furniture came back a little beat up. You can’t totally blame him though, Ikea stuff is cheap and not meant to be permanent.

I thought of ways to cover up the dings, but I felt that strategically placed stickers wouldn’t look too classy. I remembered I had some vintage contact paper i’d been saving and thought i’d be a perfect & easy solution.

All you have to do:
1. Take out one of your drawers and trace around the front of it on a large piece of paper or a couple paper bags taped together. Cut a little past the line (towards the inside) and you have a template.
2. Cut a piece of contact paper for each drawer using your template. Peel the backing off the paper and press onto the drawer surface starting at the middle (make sure the drawers are clean!) I wasn’t sure if it would stick too well since my contact paper was old, it did for awhile but started peeling back a bit so I used some spray adhesive to keep them in place. Worked like a charm.

Easy, cheap update. (I have to replace my leopard print chair now because it clashes!)

Welcome Home


Hey all! I thought i’d show a peek of my new place. I’m renting a house with a couple pals, including my boyfriend, 2 dogs, and a cat. In a perfect world i’d be living in a small city but i’m residing in a town that’s known for being the first suburb of America. After almost moving to Astoria, Queens I decided it would be better to keep things simple and stay closer to my family, work, practice, etc. on the island. I am a lot closer to the city than I was previously, though. [hello 50 minute train ride!] I am also pretty stoked about living across the street from an italian ice place.


Finally located a 50′s style kitchen table at a local antique shop. Cleaning this baby wasn’t easy but totally worth it.


That ‘home’ sign is mine that I picked up at Goodwill– It’s from graphic designer Dana Tanamachi’s art collection that was for sale at Target. Love it.


Getting used to living with some furry friends. This is Leeloo.


There are definitely a lot of quirks with our little house but there’s also some really neat things. Skylights & Brick = swoon.


NYC photo calendar from Whimsy & Spice. P.s: I’m totally not a fan of these bulletin board squares–they keep falling down!

My bedroom is the oddest but also probably the loveliest room in the house– i’ll be sharing a little tour of that soon once my workplace is more set up :]