Monday, 21 November 2011

Pad Printing

Livestrong stages invitation

Invitation to an exclusive art show in Paris, benefiting the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Custom box with inset Livestrong band, containing invitation made with two layers of 500 gsm board with yellow painted edges and one layer of clear acrylic with screen-printed type.

Very big influence on the design of my box, I really appreciate spot varnish, I think it just gives the type a bit more character than usual. It looks professional but at the same time very relaxed in terms of design. 


What is good


Just came across this website which has a huge selection of stocks! Need to get ordering!

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Lazer Cutting

Laser Cutting is a technology that uses a laser to cut materials, and is typically used for industrial manufacturing applications, but is also starting to be used by schools, small businesses and hobbyists. Laser cutting works by directing the output of a high-power laser, by computer, at the material to be cut. 

The material then either melts, burns, vaporizes away, or is blown away by a jet of gas, leaving an edge with a high-quality surface finish. Industrial laser cutters are used to cut flat-sheet material as well as structural and piping materials.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Spot Varnish Resarch

In offset printing, a spot color is any color generated by an ink (pure or mixed) that is printed using a single run.

The widely spread offset-printing process is composed of four spot colors: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Key (black) commonly referred to as CMYK. More advanced processes involve the use of six spot colors (hexachromatic process), which add Orange and Green to the process (termed CMYKOG). The two additional spot colors are added to compensate for the ineffective reproduction of faint tints using CMYK colors only. However, offset technicians around the world use the term spot color to mean any color generated by a non-standard offset ink; such as metallic, fluorescent, spot varnish, or custom hand-mixed inks.

When making a multi-color print with a spot color process, every spot color needs its own lithographic film. All the areas of the same spot color are printed using the same film, hence, using the same lithographic plate. The dot gain, hence the screen angle and line frequency, of a spot color vary according to its intended purpose. Spot lamination and UV coatings are sometimes referred to as 'spot colors', as they share the characteristics of requiring a separate lithographic film and print run.
  1. Create a new spot color.
    In your page layout application, create a new spot color, naming it whatever you want such as “Varnish” or “Spot Varnish.”
  2. Make your new spot color any color.
    Although the varnish is actually transparent, for display purposes you can make its spot color representation in your digital file just about any color.
  3. Don't duplicate an already-used spot color.
    Choose a color not used elsewhere in your publication. You might want to make it a bright, vivid color just so it stands out clearly on screen.
  4. Overprint your spot varnish color.
    Set the new color to "overprint" to prevent the spot varnish from knocking out any text or other elements under the varnish.
  5. Place your spot varnish color in layout.
    Create frames, boxes, or other page elements and fill with the spot varnish then place them where you want them. If the page element already has color and you want to apply varnish over it, create a duplicate of the element directly on top of the original. Apply the spot varnish color to the duplicate.
  6. Talk to your printer about spot varnish use.
    Always make sure your printer knows that you are using a spot varnish in your publication.
  1. Don't use a process color swatch for your spot varnish.
    Create a spot color not a process color for your spot varnish. In QuarkXPress be sure the Process Separation box is not checked. In Adobe InDesign, choose “Spot” for Color Type (the default is Process).
  2. Talk to your printer.
    Consult your printer for any special requirements or suggestions as to how they would like to receive your digital files that have spot varnish colors specified, as well as recommendations for the type of varnish to use for your publication such as gloss or matte.
  3. Spot varnish doesn't show on proofs.
    You may be working “in the dark” when using spot varnish. Since a proof is not going to show you how the finished effect will look, you won't know til it's all finished whether or not you got the effect you wanted. 
  4. Adding a spot varnish can increase the cost of a job.
    Use of a spot varnish adds an extra separation/plate to the printing process so a publication using 4-color process printing now requires 5 plates and a job with 2 spot colors will need a 3rd plate.

Legal Wall Resarch

For the making of my 4 four postcards I needed to select 4 legal graffiti walls in the U.k to advertise, I started looking on forums and blogs for the best places to paint and the four places I selected are below. For my research I would need to find out the addresses of each place, give them a rating, and device some local info on what its like as a place to paint.

Lakeside Graffiti Wall

a huge wall next to river thames. 1.6 miles (2.6 km) long! 6.5 feet high.
exit junction 30 of M25. nearest rail station: chafford hundred.

Legal graffiti wall around St Clements Road, Grays, Essex, UK

The Pit - Labroke Grove
The oldest and most famous Hall of Fame in London. Just off Golborne Road.
It is situated on Wornington Road near the junction with Goldbourne Road. It is in a Basketball court set below pavement level.

Legal graffiti wall around Wornington Rd, Kensington, Greater London W10 5, UK

South Bank London

multiple walls, part of an underground skate spot

Legal graffiti wall around Thames southbank, London, England

Legal graffiti wall around Waterloo Bridge, Lambeth, Greater London, SE1 9, UK


230 feet long brick wall. kinda awkward for productions because the wall is on a gentle slope, so in some places the height of the wall is 'staggered' like steps. i think i've made it sound worse than it is!

Legal graffiti wall around King's Rd, Leeds, Leeds, LS6 1, UK

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Philly Graffiti Handstyles

Another amazing reference to handstyles within graffiti and graffiti techniques, Just goes to show how trends change from city to city country to country!

Interesting spray painting techinques

Just found this video on youtube, Some amazing can control. I want to talk about flares in my spray painting books, this is an extremely good reference!

Interesting box design

As Ive been designing my housing for my spray paint starter kit, I've gathered some research below on some intriguing packaging design in relation to boxes and draws. This has really helped to to brainstorm ideas and focus what I actually want to make, looking at existing products is such a big help.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

10 places where graffiti is legal

Really interesting article below highlighting areas across the world where we've moved into a much more modern way of living accepting graffiti and street art for what it is and letting it live alongside us in harmony.

Apex Vs Fluorescents

Legal Walls

There's 92 Legal walls for people to go and paint all across the U.K and with is being a small country I'm sure its not too far for people to travel to their closest one. Including Ireland we have 140. As I'm making a spray painting starter kit I want to encourage the act of spray painting but not necessarily defacing someones property. My idea is to include a hand full of postcards advertising the best legal walls to visit in the U.K. The website below has been a really big help so far.

This is a list I've put together of all the legal walls In the U.K, I think I might pick 10 of the most popular or ones that are in cities are they'd be more heard about or known by potential customers.

Greenhead Park

Fitzwilliam St, Huddersfield,

Ravensknowle Park

Wakefield Td, Huddersfield


Thames southbank, London, England

Alsager Legal Wall.

Crewe Rd, Alsager, Cheshire, ST7 2, UK


gas towers, Chelmsford2

Windmill Lane

Windmill Lane, Dublin, 2, Ireland12

Castle Wall

Keilburn, Glasgow, Glasgow City, G5 0, UK4

Prestatyn skate park

Station Rd, Prestatyn, Denbighshire, LL19 7, UK

Ally Pally

Dukes Ave, Tottenham, Greater London, N10 2, UK0

the boards

A1, Cambridgeshire, PE19 5, UK10

Chillingham Road Metro

Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK2

Watford Skate Park

Water Lane , Watford, England7

The Crescent

University Rd, Belfast, Belfast, BT7 1, UK4

victoria park

Fraser St, Bristol, City of Bristol, BS3 4, UK2

Dame Emily Park aka The Deaner

Dean Lane, Bristol, City of Bristol, BS3 1, UK4


Wellington Rd, Bristol, UK4

Tufnell Park

Tabley Rd, Islington, Greater London, N7 0, UK8 


Riverside Rd, Hertfordshire, WD19 4, UK2


Bath Rd, Bristol, City of Bristol, BS4 3, UK0

St Werburghs Tunnel

Mina Rd, Bristol, City of Bristol, BS2 9, UK3

Champion Park

Champion Rd, Kingswood, South Gloucestershire, BS15 4, UK6

Montpelier Park

St Andrews Rd, Montpelier, Bristol, UK2

Peoples Republic Of Stokes Croft

Jamaica Street, Bristol, City of Bristol, BS1 3, UK0


Brunel Way, Bristol, City of Bristol, BS3 2, UK1

Seven Oaks Park

Grangetown, Cardiff, CF11 6, UK2

Maples Street Skatepark

Maples St, Nottingham, Nottingham, NG7 6, UK3


Lady Bay Bridge, West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, NG2 5, UK1

St George Skatepark

Chalks Rd, Bristol, City of Bristol, BS5 7, UK0

Bar Hill Skate Park

Saxon Way, Bar Hill, Cambridgeshire, CB3 8, UK2

ALI PALI skate park

Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green, N22 7AY2

Stockwell Skatepark

Stockwell Park Walk, Lambeth, Greater London, SW9 0, UK1


Aytoun Rd, Lambeth, Greater London, SW9 0, UK10

Bury St Edmunds Skate Park

Olding Rd, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 3, UK4

Pink Elly HULL

Walmsley St, City of Kingston-upon-Hull, City of Kingston-upon-Hull, H1 

Swansea legal wall

Bryn Rd, Uplands, Swansea, SA2 0, UK3


Great Western Way, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK2

Savernake Park

Savernake St, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN1 3, UK1


Station Rd, Margate, Kent, CT8 8, UK2

Southbank skatepark

Waterloo Bridge, Lambeth, Greater London, SE1 9, UK3


Yarmouth Crescent, Tottenham, Greater London, N17 9, UK8


St Clements Road, Grays, Essex, UK11

Hailey Park

Station Rd, Llandaff North, Cardiff, CF14 2, UK2

Meadow Lane Skate Park

Meadow Ln, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX4 1, UK2


Hanham, Bristol, UK1

Auto Garage

Baptist St, Bristol, City of Bristol, BS5 0, UK3


Cabot Close, Bristol BS15 8, UK0

13 Arches

Leicester, Leicestershire, LE3 2, UK6

Elm Street Lanes

Elm St Ln, Roath, Cardiff, CF24 3, UK0

Anglia Square

Upper Green Ln, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1, UK6

The Dell

Earlham Rd, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 7, UK2

The Subaway

Grapes Hill, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1, UK1 

spiceball skatepark

spiceball park banbury oxfordshire engeland3

loughor skatepark

A484, Carmarthenshire, SA16 0, UK4

Walsall Gasworks

Darlaston Road, Birmingham, UK3


Riverdrive, Staffordshire, B79 7, UK1


Long Hill Rd, Winkfield, Bracknell Forest, SL5 8, UK4


Sovereign Rd, Coventry, Coventry, CV5 6, UK3


King's Rd, Leeds, Leeds, LS6 1, UK3

Withington Pumping Station

Meadow Bank, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M21 8, UK8

Crouch End

Parkland Walk, Greater London, N8 9, UK1


Wingfield Ave, Swindon, Wiltshire SN2 5, UK1

Pig Town

Albion Street, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK3


Plaistow, Greater London, UK4

Reading Skate Park

George St, Reading, Reading, RG1 8, UK3

End Of The Line Project

Great Eastern St, Hackney, Greater London, EC2A 3, UK2


Eldene Dr, Swindon, Swindon, SN3 3, UK1

Shooting Range

Leigh Woods, Bristol6

Roscoe Street

Roscoe St, Liverpool, Liverpool, L1 9, UK7 

The Cop

Sealand Rd, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 4, UK2


Highfield Ln, Hertfordshire, AL4 0, UK0

Mile End

St Paul's Way, Mile End, Greater London, E3 4, UK3

National Graffiti Wall [N,g,W]

Rue du Bois Joli, 22440 Ploufragan, France2

jobstown legal

Blessington Rd, South Dublin, Ireland0

Watford Warehouse

Harvey Rd, Croxley Green5

Golf Links Playcentre

Marconi Way, Southall, Greater London, UB1 3, UK1

Pig's Lane

Amenity Way, Merton, Greater London, SM4 4, United Kingdom5

Feltham Bowls

Wigley Rd, Hounslow, Greater London, TW13 5, United Kingdom0


lime kiln road, canterbury, kent, england6

Welland Mobile Legal Wall

Normanton Rd, Peterborough, UK3

Crofts Corner Play Center

Essendyke, Bretton, Peterborough, UK0

Foreshore Skate Park

South Shields0

the bords

Station Approach, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, UK1

stratford skatepark

Bridgeway, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire, UK0

The Pavillion

Thatcher Stanfords Close, Melbourn, Cambridgeshire, UK0

Leake Street Tunnel

Leake St, Lambeth, Greater London, UK8 

LLoyd Park

Carr Rd, Walthamstow, Greater London, UK1

The Arches, Windsor

A332, SL1 2, UK5

herington countryside park


zap graffiti arts studio

Renshaw St, Liverpool, Liverpool L1 4, UK0

Milton Keynes Cetral Bus Station

Elder Gate, Milton Keynes MK9 1, UK2

The Pit - Ladbroke Grove

Wornington Rd, Kensington, Greater London W10 5, UK4

Centre 69 Youth Centre

Penn Hill Road, Weston Village, Bath BA1 4EH1

Riverside Youth Centre

York Place, London Road, Bath, BA1 6AE0

Heaton park social club

Bury Old Rd, M25 1, UK4

Ashton II: Graham's Revenge

Brunel Way, Bristol, City of Bristol BS3 2, UK0

artists wanted

Kingsway, Cockett, Swansea SA5 4, UK0

Mossley Park

Hanover St, Mossley, Tameside OL5 0, UK1

Old Stratford Mini

Deanshanger Rd, Old Stratford, Northamptonshire MK19 6, UK0

Uxbridge Wall of fame

A40, Denham, Buckinghamshire UB9 4, UK4

Barton Hill Youth Club

Barton Hill Road, Bristol, BS5, UK1

gainsborough skate park

Thorndike Way, Lincolnshire DN21 1, UK0

The Bombs!!

Madoc St, Castle, Swansea SA1 3, UK0 

PLAZA skate park

Chell Street, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 5, UK0

CoMusica Wall

The Sage Gateshead, Gateshead Quays0

tpn bridge

Exit Rd W, Ringway, Greater Manchester M90 3, UK0

huncoat power station


Graffik's Graff Garden

Portobello Rd, Kensington, Greater London W10 5, UK2

Stokes Croft Free Wall

Ashley Rd, Bristol, City of Bristol BS6 5, UK0

Skate Park Wall

Esker Manor, Lucan, Co. South Dublin, Ireland0


goldhill off windley road le2 leicester0


Catherine St, Leicester LE4 6, UK0

the 13 arches .

Swan Close, Glen Parva, Leicestershire LE2 9, UK0

humbo brooks

Uppingham Rd, Leicester LE5 6, UK0

Antwerp Mansion

Park Crescent, Manchester, Greater Manchester M14 5, UK3

Phoenix skate park

Castlefields Avenue East, WA7 2NY 0

Winnersh Triangle

A329(M), Wokingham, UK0

The crete pit

Rosherville Way, Gravesend, Kent DA11 9, UK0

King Of Paint

9a Haymarket Walk, Bristol, BS1 3LN3

bishy bumps

Askham Bryan, York YO23, UK1 

Victoria skate park

Warrington WA4 1DX, UK0

sharrow ball corts

Norton, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S7 1BE, UK0

sharrow ball corts

sharrow, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S7 1BE, UK1

behind city road

Northcote St, Plasnewydd, Cardiff CF24 3, UK0

behind city road

Northcote St, Plasnewydd, Cardiff CF24 3, UK0

behind richmond road

93-165 Richmond Rd, Plasnewydd, Cardiff CF24 3, UK0

Odsal Top Subway

Queensbury, Bradford BD6 1BD, UK2

Rushden Graffitti Wall

Rushden, Northamptonshire NN10 0NE, UK1


Eaton Socon, St Neots, Cambridgeshire PE19 8QL, UK3

Stanground Boards

Peterborough PE2 8, UK0

Balsall Common/Berkswell skate park

Balsall Common, Coventry, Solihull, UK0

White hut!

Oulton Broad, Suffolk NR33 0, UK0

applerock studios

17-21 Foley Street, Dublin 10

applerock studios

Dublin 2, Ireland0

Goddard tennis courts

Swindon SN1 4, UK2

Skate Park

Tower Hamlets, London E14 7EJ, UK0

Trowbridge Skate Park

Trowbridge, Stallards Par (SW-bound), Trowbridge, Wiltshire BA14 9, UK0 

the workshops

Belfast, County Antrim BT7 1LE, UK0

the workshops

Belfast, County Antrim BT7 1LE, UK0

savernake street

Swindon SN1 3, UK0

goddard avenue tennis courts

Swindon SN1 4, UK