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Screen/Print: A monthly newsletter from UPPERCASE

Screen/Print explores the dichotomy of creating a print magazine in a digital world.

In UPPERCASE magazine, we encourage you to get your hands dirty with inks and paints. To become intimately involved in the act of making. To experiment with a new medium or craft. To look at the world from a different perspective and perhaps to think and dream a little more freely.

Through our readers’ submissions, I’m a gatherer of these experiences. My inbox is full of images of amazing craft, wonderful messes, beautiful products and smart designs made by UPPERCASE readers. I love going through all the submissions and getting to know you. Alas, my only regret is that this requires an awful lot of screen time and is actually quite an intensive mental sorting exercise. The majority of the creative process for putting together an issue of UPPERCASE magazine is a digital one.
Today, I’m working on the page layout for the summer issue and sorting through readers’ submissions for the open call “What does colour mean to you?” These images are by illustrator Tracey English. "I live in London which everyone imagines is always grey, but really it is filled with colours—you just need to look.” One need not look farther than Tracey’s own desktop that is covered with inks, paints and a spectrum of tissue paper bits. "I have always loved colour; it brightens up even a dull day. I try to find it all around me.”
Feeling disconnected from her creativity, Tracey tried approaching her work with a fresh perspective and new technique. "I was stuck in a rut after looking after my family for many years, and somehow I needed to bring new life into my work and do something different.” Through experiments and trial and error, she started working with tissue paper collage. “Now I am hooked!” Tracey exclaims. "I work with inks and liquid acrylics, they give luminous colours and lovely textures, either mono printing them on to the tissue paper or painting directly with brushes. I love the rainbow coloured papers that you can create, everyone is slightly different. I then have the inspiration to create an image, which I do by cutting and collaging.” Once she is satisfied with the collage, she tidies up the image and assembles the design in Photoshop.

Tracey’s is just one of many excellent submissions that I look forward to sharing with you in the summer issue. And I can’t wait to reveal the cover! I’m putting the final touches on it and will share it soon…

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Until then, here are some things to brighten your day:
UPPERCASE magazine is deeply in love with print and paper–but it doesn't mean we don't also love the possibilities of digital media. Our friends at Creativebug offer subscription-based access to well-produced, informative and entertaining online videos on crafts and creative techniques. Give or get the gift of creativity with 50% off until the end of May! Click here
Follow me as @uppercasemag on Instagram for a behind the scenes look at the magazine and peeks into my life.
Last week, we released a digital version of the UPPERCASE Surface Pattern Design Guide that includes new content about how Jan Avellana realized a dream of a fabric collection with Windham Fabrics. Here’s the link in cased you missed it. Please share it with your friends by sending them here.

NEW! Now you can purchase all available UPPERCASE issues bundled into a Back Issue Collection  This is a must-have for any creative library—not only will it will look pretty on your shelf, it’ll be amazing for your creative mind! $165 (a $50 savings) while supplies of the earlier issues last!
Janine loves this fresh watercolour pattern by 
Maria CarluccioErin loves watching her three year old play with pattern and colour as she gets dressed. Cara loves the colours of Vancouver Island: teal green, ocean blue and sandy brown.

No matter how many images we share, you can’t fully appreciate an issue of 
UPPERCASE until you hold it in your hands. Thanks to Jessica Nielsen for this picture! 

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