So this week my wedding invites are being sent out and to accompany them I thought I'd post up a little insight into their creation.
I produced a limited edition of 140 although some of these will be used to create the name cards. They're printed on 260gsm Fabriano Mediovalas paper with accompanying envelopes. If you are thinking of printing your own cards or invitations I would recommend it as the quality is great, the price is reasonable and there are a number of sizes and fold styles. I bought mine from TN lawrence who were really helpful and worthy of the name-drop.
For those that have no idea about the process of screenprinting I thought it might be semi-interesting to explain, so here it is:
First off, I printed my design in black on a sheet of acetate. This is then exposed in a big machine with a UV light bulb at the bottom, onto a screen (mesh stretched over a frame), which is coated in photo-emulsion. The black of the design prevents the UV light from reaching the emulsion and as a result the rest of the paint that is exposed hardens. You are then able to rinse the un-exposed paint through the mesh and you have your screen ready for printing. It is then a case of pushing your paint/ink/paste through the mesh and onto your paper. In my case it was a case of doing that 140 times.
I've also included a little video which shows me printing three or four cards in sequence... and it's speeded up, I'm not that fast.
Wedding Invitation screenprints from OneAfterNine on Vimeo.