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Designs For Hope | Coffee Bag

I have always wanted to learn how to screen print.  I would love to create t-shirts, posters, etc from the designs that I create.  So, I jumped on this class with great enthusiam. 

I run a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and we are hosting a fundraiser soon.  I also ran across some great Fair Trade Ugandan Coffee from the region in which I visited a few months ago.  I knew I needed to create a custom bag to sell this coffee at the fundraiser...so I decided to use this class as an opportunity to design this bag.

I started with a design I created on Adobe Illustrator.  I made sure it would fit and look great on the bag.  I then printed the design on a transparancy and began my work.  At first, I was a bit worried about the small lines found on the design...such as the spokes on the wheels.  It turns out that they wern't perfect when they were printed...but it looks great anyway.

I found some old frames that were used by a previous silk-screener...so I lucked out.  I tried to put two designs on the screen so I could do more than one-at-a-time.  One of the designs messed up during the exposure process, so I was just left with one.  I used duct tape to cover the messed up one and created a hinge system to run the bags.  I knew it would be difficult to line these up by hand for the quantity I wanted to print.  This was a great idea!

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I printed 50 bags this week.  Here is the result (of the front).  I like the way it turned out and I'm excited to show off the product at our fundraiser.  The best thing is that the proceeds from each bag of coffee sold will provide 4 people clean drinking water for 5 years!

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Thank you for creating this class and giving me the inspiration to move forward with something I've always wanted to learn.  Sorry I didn't make a pennant, but I thought you would understand.  Perhaps I can make a pennant next time.

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