"Whether you are doing this for fun or to create interesting artwork, beverage cans are an incredible surface for digital printing. This ebook is your action guide to everything you need to know about creating a successful digital print on a recycled beverage can. As an added benefit, you will be able to use the techniques you learn here on other lightweight metal surfaces. From trial and error after preparing and printing over 4000 beverage cans my process has evolved to its current state. This ebook will assist anyone at any level to be able to successfully print their own cans.
In 2009 I was awarded an Artists Project Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts for my project “Expanding the Digital Print to Uncommon Surfaces.” Since the grant period started in January 2009 I have been experimenting with and printing a multitude of substrates. One of my goals for the grant was to share what I had learned about the digital process on alternative or uncommon surfaces. My beverage can process began with the search for interesting substrates to print and create how-to videos for youtube. Through experimentation and research the list of my substrates continues to grow and beverage cans are one of the surfaces on which I developed tried and true techniques. My continous search for alternative substrates still finds beverage cans as one of my favorite surfaces to print and assemble................"
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