Good suggestion from Jon to try & add half tones to the rocks, etc. to pull out some of the white. I also used some gradients but not sure if Emalco can use gradients in the printing process. Below is the updated version with these changes.
It all started out as a camping theme but morphed into the Egrets which I often see here in Northern California staking out their territory in the wetlands and near the Sacramento river levees .
Note the version at the top is for the contest - As Jon reminded me - only 3 colors for the design. So Black, white & blue. Mug yellow filled out the rest.
Outside cup is light yellow PMS 1205C - this serves as the sky and backdrop to the wetlands.
Inside of cup is white
Lip & handle are dark grey PMS#430c
Still working on the inside - it will be a little fish having the last laugh! And since I'm left handed it will face left when holding the mug with your left hand :)