This week I had the pleasure of printing an edition for Adrianne Hawthorne . I met her during Moving Design last Spring, during which I helped print the participants PSA posters calling for more sustainable practices from the businesses the West Loop. She designed a poster calling for more composting, so I thought it would be perfect to use my spice-inks to bring the message to life. I printed 50 in paprika and 50 in cinnamon, and boy do they smell fresh! Cinnamon/Medium Cinnamon resists the medium at first, but mixes in eventually. Spillage Mixing Pouring the spice in a little bit at a time. Paprika Paprika and medium. Talking Shop Talking shop with Rufus Nice Pull Freshly pulled paprika print. Cinnamon Cinnamon print What I Learned This Time1. If you’re going to print with spices, you need to use a screen with a low mesh count, like 110 or 125. Nothing beyond that. Once you get into the 180 mesh count range, the screen doesn’t allow for most spices to be pushed through the screen, so all you end up with is a vague tint of the color and a bunch of medium. The lower the screen count, the better. 2. Cutting your paper before you print saves time and makes registration easier. This may be obvious to some printers out there, but I had been trimming my work after I printed it. Cutting it down to size before allows you to get a tighter registration and ultimately better print. 3. Do not rush the process. My first printmaking teacher Ina Kaur, who is a wonderful printmaker still, taught me that printing is a cathartic practice, not something that can be rushed. You must feel the print going through your hands and onto the paper each time. If you’re interested in buying one, please contact either me or Adrianne by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.