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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Graffiti of Queen West pt. 3

   Here it finally is, part three of my Graffiti of Queen West photos! The back alley art of the Spadina-Bathurst stretch of Queen St W, known as Graffiti Alley (cleverly lazy name), is an ever-changing gallery of street art. Since I took these photos a year and a half or so ago, there's a good chance that much of what I've shown is something different now. For the most part, I think it's pretty well the same, but I haven't spent enough aware-of-my-surroundings time in these alleys since to be certain.

   I'll have to take another wander through in a few weeks to check it out. And, of course, go on the hunt for more graffiti pockets in the city. But for now, here's what I've got left of my favourite shots from this day. :)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Exposing a Screen w/Photo Emulsion

Using a hand cut stencil on a blank screen as your silk screening method is great for most people. You have a blank space to work with, so you can literally do anything that fits into your printable area. But if you notice you're using a certain stencil a lot over countless separate occasions, you'll save a helluva lot of time if you toss your plastic outline and go for something a little more permanent instead. You can either lay a stencil under the mesh and paint all the negative space in with screen filler, or go the photo emulsion route. Personally, I prefer the latter because it's way quicker.

  • a silk screen
  • photo emulsion
  • sensitizer
  • squeegee
  • push pins
  • light source
  • clear tape
  • dark space
  • acetate sheet(s)
  • newspaper
  • black bristol board
  • Sunday, April 13, 2014

    VOTW - The Record Collector

       As someone who doesn't collect vinyl (though that will probably - finally - change in the next few months), this is pretty much how I've viewed and experienced record collectors. In my age group, at least. A perfect representation of those douchey elitists that like to shit on you for not having a record player in your house.

       A large portion of my closest friends are pretty much this guy. XD

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

    WISH I WAS HERE teaser

       Last year, I was one of the over 45 000 people to excitedly throw money at Zach Braff's kickstarter campaign for his follow-up to Garden State. After 12 months of following (sort of, mostly catching up every few months) the production diaries, the going through Sundance, and whatever else Braff posted on the Kickstarter-only portion of the blog, I finally got a taste of the film in my inbox this morning. And, per Braff's request, I'm sparing zero time in sharing it with you guys! And everyone else on crackbook.

       But before I do, here's a bit about the film in his own words (from the Kickstarter page):

    "Wish I Was Here" is the story of Aidan Bloom (played by me), a struggling actor, father and husband, who at 35 is still trying to find his identity; a purpose for his life. He and his wife are barely getting by financially and Aidan passes his time by fantasizing about being the great futuristic Space-Knight he'd always dreamed he'd be as a little kid.

    When his ailing father can no longer afford to pay for private school for his two kids (ages 5 and 12) and the only available public school is on its last legs, Aidan reluctantly agrees to attempt to home-school them.

    The result is some funny chaos, until Aidan decides to scrap the traditional academic curriculum and come up with his own. Through teaching them about life his way, Aidan gradually discovers some of the parts of himself he couldn't find.

       I went for the t-shirt package when I attacked my credit card for this, which comes with the Backers Thank You Screening - an online stream of the film followed by a Q&A. No info on when that's happening yet, but I'm hoping before July 2. I don't wanna wait anymore! I love Garden State, and most of Scrubs (stopped watching TV for a while around season 6 and just never caught up/finished), so I'm beyond stoked to see what's come out of Zach Braff's brain this time around.