We have many nicknames for our boy. Beelzebub, Animal, Cabezón, Chabón, and Beast among others. These nicknames are very telling of what kind of personality he has, eh? We call him Beast the most (because he acts like one all the time), so that inspired me to design a t-shirt featuring the word Beast as it describes him perfectly. I whipped up something simple on Adoble Illustrator, and fortunately, I knew of a local company who could print the shirts for me. One of the many new moms I met during my maternity leave happens to operate a screenprinting shop in Vancouver. I contacted Diana, and she was willing to print a small batch of t-shirts for me. She was also kind enough to show me around her shop Artee Screenprinting & Embroidery, which is in the Mount Pleasant area. I’ve always been intrigued by screenprinting but never saw how it was done. Touring Artee finally satisfied my curiosity.
I was surprised by how screenprinting is still very much a hands-on technique. Someone has to lay the t-shirt down and then apply the ink manually (as shown above left). Then the shirt goes through a dryer to set the ink. The photo above shows the Beast t-shirt coming out of the dryer.
It was a lot of fun to design this t-shirt from concept to production. If I could, I would design t-shirts all day!
I created a simple black and white 2016 calendar PDF download for anyone to use and display wherever. It’s best to print it out on cardstock paper. Let me know what you think of it or where you end up using it in the comments!
You can download the 2016 calendar PDF here for free.
This 2016 calendar measures 5.5 by 8.5 inches. Feel free to print out as many copies as you’d like! You can gift the calendar to friends and family for the holidays.
I think it would be cute to hang it up using mini binder clips. I stick my copy on the refrigerator.
For the last 18 months I’ve been busy raising our son. It’s been both fun and challenging. I really learned a lot about myself and experienced much personal growth while adjusting to motherhood. I think 2016 is going to be another life-changing year for me as I focus on my design career. And hopefully it won’t be another 16 months before I update this blog!
Christmas has already come and gone, and now the new year is just around the corner. Hard to believe, eh?
I’m very excited to share a calendar I designed for 2014. Yes, I still like paper calendars even though they are becoming obsolete. I usually buy a calendar from Etsy but this year I wanted to design my own. And the good news is that I’m offering it as a free downloadable PDF!
To have a calendar of your very own, download the PDF, print it out on cardstock paper, and then cut down the middle of the page. Voilà, it’s ready hang up! I usually like to hang it up with a binder clip.
Download your free copy here:
2014 Calendar PDF
Please be nice and do not modify the calendar or reproduce it for selling.