More Happy Tramps Gear?!

Happy Tramps and I are trying to get innovative with our promotional material. These are about the size of a business card. We hope that these will stay up longer than our other fliers (which unscrupulous walkers tear down!) and that, since we use scrap wood, we can cut out advertising costs.

New Happy Tramps Gear

I’ve decided to start the New Year off right, with new promotional material for Happy Tramps, the dog walking company that employs me.

I printed this on part of an old box, then I put a sealant on it.


I just printed this one color without putting on any sealant.



This is a sweatshirt for my boss.DSC08334

And as always, Business Cards!

Happy Tramps Pooch Print

This is a Block of wood that I printed on. Here’s the step by step:

Here’s the background I’ve already printed.

Put the screen over the piece so that the design will line up with the background. Since I haven’t printed anything yet, I can see the design through the screen. This is not always the best way to line up your screen with a printed background, but for just one print I think it’s fine.

Put ink on the screen and pass it over the design with your squeegee.

This is what the screen looks like after you print, before you clean it, which I did immediately, lest the water based ink dry up in the screen and ruin it. (To the left of the Happy Tramps design you can see my Dashiell Hammet egg)

This is the final product.

Happy Tramps

Happy Tramps Dog Walking and Pet Sitting is a company that I work for. My boss is also my good friend, Leah, and we love dogs. I manage Happy Tramps social media, create graphics, and walk dogs. Here are some of the graphics and marketing tools I’ve created.

Here’s a shirt design. You can see that I need to clean up the screen before I make more, but for demonstration purposes it works fine. I drew the baby French bulldog then burned it onto a silk screen.

This is the original shirt design. I designed this in 2010, before I was working for Happy Tramps. I like this design, but too many fine lines and multiple colors made it too complicated for me to reproduce effectively and reliably (I’m limited to a very rudimentary silk screening system).

Here are some fliers I made. Eye catching, high quality, material sets our fliers apart from others.

These are business cards. Again, the high quality of the prints and the materials sets Happy Tramps’ promotional material apart from more the more traditional fare.

This is the artwork for the original design. I also came up with a hobo dog (top left), but we went with a better groomed dog.

These are the sets of lettering I came up with and printed.