For the third installment of Postcard Club, I took a repeating pattern image I had created to print on fabric and modified it for printing on paper. The content of the image again came from my Japan sketchbook — while in Japan I noticed bananas for sale were often packaged in plastic bags (one banana, many bananas, it didn’t matter). I made a note of that in my sketchbook:
The main modification of the original repeating pattern image for fabric was the addition of a super fine halftone (just tiny dots!) to the background to “turn” the paper yellow. It’s still a 3-color print (yellow, fluorescent magenta, metallic silver), but the halftone in the background gives the illusion of a lighter yellow.
I forgot to make a note of it, but I believe this halftone was printed at 55lpi. I initially made a n00b mistake and burned that layer into a 200 mesh screen, which is not fine enough for that fine of a halftone dot, and the image basically rinsed out. It burned and printed perfectly in a 305 mesh, however.
The other item of note for this print was that I was able to replicate the transparent metallic silver effect to fake the look of a plastic bag over the bananas. I added 50% transparent base to the metallic silver (which is already transparent).
Perhaps not the most exciting Postcard print, but a successful exercise on my end.