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Screen Printer, The Picky Meshman, Drops Into Watermarx


Our friend, Paul Nolan, was in town last week and popped by our factory in Brookvale to say hello.

alfawcett_paulnolan_pickymeshamnWe got to know Paul when he won the competition we ran last year to launch our new website, and we printed the business cards he designed. Apart from being a very talented typographer, Paul has recently launched a new printing venture with his brother, in Brisbane.

The Picky Meshman is a celebration of Paul’s (“Picky”) obsession with serigraphy, otherwise known as screen printing, a process that involves the transfer of an image through a mesh screen using stencils to block out the desired image or pattern.

‘I have always had a strong interest in serigraphy,” says Picky. ‘Over the years tried to utilise screen print and letterpress into my commercial projects, including when working in mainstream studios…Ultimately I decided to establish the workshop because it is impossible  to find anyone with the skills and knowledge to print my work, particularly on stocks.’

He believes that screen-printing is an incredibly flexible way to print but the number of high-quality screen printers has dwindled drastically.

“I am looking to position The Picky Meshman as a custom screen printing facility,’ he says. ‘We’ll be printing stocks, fabrics and anything else as it arises –  old-school style with an emphasis on quality and craft!’

Paul’s enthusiasm for the business is infectious and they are already doing some pretty amazing work. He and his brother, Arty, have dubbed themselves “champions of the dead art” and we’re pleased to hear it. Any die-hard fan of ink and paper, is a firm friend of ours.

Check out The Picky Meshman online at 

Posted by watermarx on the 11th of September 2013

Typographer, Paul Nolan, Chats to Watermarx Graphics About Business & Business Cards

Paul Nolan, the winner of our Business Card Design Competition this year, is a Queensland-based typographer and an all-round nice guy.

It was our absolute delight to print these cards and we want you to know we can do exactly the same for you! Watermarx Graphics can turnaround your letterpressed, foiled, embossed, debossed and die-cut fancy schmancy business cards in 5 – 10 working days with no additional express charges.  You read that correctly.

So, stop procrastinating and send us your design so you can hand out your new business cards at all the social functions you will be attending this party season.

How did you find working with us on these cards?

PN :  As a completely obsessed craftsperson it was brilliant to connect with two new partners who are as likeminded! The process was straight forward really and I enjoyed a number of conversations with Ange and Allan to address both our expectations. To be more specific they also provided me with a range print, stock and embellishment samples to assist in the production choices required.

How did you tweak your design to suit letterpress printing?

PN:  I intentionally designed this card to challenge some of the limitations of letterpress. Lineweight and font size for example. I had been working on a number of new wordmarks for myself and as a result of the recent relocation required a new card.

What has the feedback been like since you received your business cards?

PN:  I have received some wonderful and unexpected feedback, oh and requests from people online as a result. If I’m out at meetings or at group functions they vanish.  Job well done I guess!

Armed with these brand spanking new cards, what’s in the pipeline for you?

PN:  I was hoping to be available to watch Allan run the job but was unable to fit it into my schedule. I am hopeful to catch up with them before Christmas to see the Watermarx set up and enjoy a beverage or three!

Off the top of my head, I am in an up-and-coming show in Sydney called Alphabetica, and one in Brisbane at the Powerhouse. I am also working on my own small range of products for my own brand hopefully available early in the New Year.


Posted by watermarx on the 15th of November 2012