What’s Your Shoe Size? New Silkscreen Print!

What's your shoe size?

What’s your shoe size?

Remember these things? My shoe size hasn’t changed in years so when I spotted one of these old Brannock Devices in a junk shop, a flood of memories came back and I decided to draw one. Shoes stores don’t seem to use them anymore, or the little stool you would put your foot on while the sales clerk laced up the shoes you were trying out. Did they only do that for children? Maybe now-a-days, in better shoe stores, you might be lucky if they even bother to put the laces in the shoes for you before you try them on. Enough of the nostalgia already! There’s a well illustrated example here.

Close-up: the classic and shiny silver Brannock Device

Close-up: the classic and shiny silver Brannock Device

This shiny silver and black ink print is now available in my Etsy Shop!

There are a lot of steps involved to make a silkscreen print succeed:

1. Exposing acetate artwork over photo emuslion. 2. You can see the difference between the set and unexposed areas. 3. Washing out the unexposed emulsion. 4. Ready to print!

1. Exposing acetate artwork over photo emulsion. 2. You can see the difference between the set and unexposed areas. 3. Washing out the unexposed emulsion. 4. Ready to print!

To get a really metallic shine, I heat set silver foil right on to the paper. This has a lot of extra steps and takes a lot longer than printing a single layer of ink, and it requires a larger investment in materials and equipment:

1. The first layer is like printing ink, only you need to use a special adhesive. 2. One's the adhesive is properly set, you lay over a piece of foil. 3. Add heat! 4. Peel off excess foil and voila!

1. The first layer is like printing ink, only you need to use a special adhesive. 2. Once the adhesive is properly set, you lay over a piece of foil. 3. Insert into heat press! 4. Peel off excess foil and voilà!

Add a layer of black ink and it’s done:

The last steps are the easiest, just a simple pull of black ink, some time to let them dry and it's done.

The last steps are the easiest, a simple pull of black ink, some time to dry and it’s done.

I make it sound oh-so-simple, but I owe many thanks to my talented and knowledgeable assistant, Alexx, of rcboisjoli studios! Don’t forget to visit my Etsy Shop!

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About Ian Phillips Illustration

I am an illustrator and book designer. View all posts by Ian Phillips Illustration

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