Bella+Canvas x Family Industries

This past February we invited Bella+Canvas over to the shop to shoot a how-to video on screen printing and heat pressing vinyl designs on fitness leggings.

Our Production Manager, Mike hit the manual screen press while Phil, our in-house jack-of-all-trades, hopped on the heat press. Getting the opportunity to work on a video with Bella+Canvas was an incredible experience, and it’s always fun for us to help others learn a little more about our craft.

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO & BEHIND THE SCENES PHOTOS BELOW!


Behind the Scenes photos


UNDER CONSTRUCTION: Camp Family

As some of you may know, we’ve been hard at work on planning and building a brand new facility. Well, we’d like to formally introduce you to Camp Family; our brand new facility in Frogtown, Los Angeles, CA!

We know, we know… the place is a bit of a mess right now. We actually have a very good explanation for this beautiful mess. As of Monday, March 11 we’ve officially broken ground on Camp Family’s construction! We are giddy as hell to finally get started on building our new home, but there’s still a ways to go.

In our continued effort to bring you beyond our walls and inside the Family, we are going to periodically share photos of Camp Family’s progress.


CHECK OUT PHOTOS FROM DAY 2 OF CONSTRUCTION:


¡NEW SPOTIFY PLAYLIST!

¡NEW SPOTIFY PLAYLIST!

Each month we bring you a playlist of what we've been blasting throughout our warehouse. Enjoy Fam!

how it all began

Take a trip through Family Industries past.

New Blog, Who Dis?

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Part of being a Family is sharing… sometimes, over-sharing. Well, we’d like to apologize for not sharing enough with you over the years, but starting TODAY we are going to make that up to you.

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Our New Year’s resolution is to make you more a part of our Family. Too much good stuff happens here, and it’s selfish of us to keep it hid. So, we are going to bring you beyond our walls and into the daily life of Family Industries. Be it behind the scenes footage of our process, interviews with our staff and clients, live event coverage, our favorite cat videos, or random hilarity that ensues in and around our offices. Long story short, we’re making you an honorary member of our family.

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WELCOME TO THE FAMILY!

Screen Printed Posters

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poster printing dept.

A behind the scenes look at the FAMILY INDUSTRIES poster printing department

We love screen printing posters. The poster printing process has a lot of similarities to printing apparel, but it takes a steadier hand, more attention to detail, and experience to the get final product just right! We always get a ton of questions about how the poster printing process works and why it's different than printing apparel. Our in-house team consists of two master printers, Joe and Able. Combined they have over 40 years of printing experience. 

Our poster printing department tends to work with artists who need fine art print runs, and bands who need highly detailed gig posters. This past week, we worked with Mollie Tuggle, an experienced designer and artist who designed an amazing gig poster for the legend, Roky Erickson.  

Below we take you through our in-house process of printing a poster from start to finish!

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Step 1. check artwork, print films, and mix inks

We first check out the final artwork that is approved & received. It should have layers showing the different colors that will be printed on the blank stock paper.  Next, we print films that are used to burn the images into the screens. Screens for poster printing are much larger than used for apparel prints so we can print super-sized designs! Our crew matches the waterbased inks by eye, and we do several swatch tests to ensure a great match.

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2. Start printing

Screens are burned, inks are mixed, and we're ready to roll. The decision of which layers to print first is determined by the design. Making sure parts of the artwork called "traps" are in proper placement helps us in working out the best order of colors. Our printing press has a vacuum that keeps the paper in-place during all these changes. If there are multiple layers, we pause after each is completed to let the ink dry before moving to the next one! 

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3. next round of color

Posters are printed in layers.  Each color needs to properly dry before the next color of ink is applied to the paper. Posters are definitely a "craft" process and need careful planning in order to achieve the best possible look. 

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4. prepare for delivery

After all the printing is wrapped, we let the custom printed posters air dry. Waterbased ink doesn't need to go through a heated dryer, but rather air dries as the moisture dissipates from the stock. After that, it's time to get the prints into a box for pickup or shipping!