This is part 4 of a project walk-though that illustrates how I created large hand-made posters for San Francisco’s Mission Community Market. Finished posters from this series are for sale on my Etsy site.
I spent some time making a variety of background colors for the farmer’s market posters. I wanted to have a large variety of fun color combinations. I printed about 12 or 15 posters with backgrounds in shades of blue, green, and orange.
My next step was to print the second color of the background. I chose complimentary colors, pairing warm and cool colors. Above is a detail of the cool texture of the prints. Every print is absolutely different in both color and texture.
Step 3 was to add a translucent white starburst above the inside color:
Next I started adding the ear of corn. First I printed the very bottom color, the white of the corn ear:
And next I put on the green of the husk:
I really enjoyed working with so many colors at once:
My final two steps were to print the outer lines of the corn, and then print the outer lines of the entire poster. The final product:
What a fun project! The entire process, from carving to printing, took me about 3 weeks. Printing these massive 24″ x 36″ posters by hand takes a really long time… if you combined all the steps, I would estimate each one takes 3-4 (very muscle-intensive) hours to print (and that doesn’t include the time it takes me to carve all the plates)… but the results are totally worth it!