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Soya Wax Batik

Friday, April 27, 2018

There are several waxes that can be used for making batiks, all of which will produce slightly different results. Standard Batik Wax is a blend of beeswax and paraffin wax but soya wax makes a good alternative. Soya wax is more sustainable, plant based, natural and petroleum free wax. Our soya wax comes from renewable sources. Read more

Meet the Maker: Amanda Colville of Mangle Prints

Thursday, April 19, 2018

My name is Amanda Colville. I’m a printmaker and artist from Kings Lynn in Norfolk. Read more

Block Printing onto Fabric with New Textile Rollers!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

We're very pleased to have a brand new roller available for block printing onto fabric! We love using screen printing inks to block print onto fabric as it creates fast-drying washable prints. Screen printing inks are too slippery for standard rollers so up until now we've liked using Sponge Rollers to print our fabrics. Sponge Rollers are great at rolling out screen printing inks but leave a bubbly texture on the print and can sometimes be uneven. Our new Textile Rollers are slightly spongy and less absorbent - this means we can roll out slippery inks and print evenly onto fabric! Here's our first print with these great new rollers: Read more

Meet the Maker: Mariko

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Hello! My name’s Mariko and I’m an illustrator and printmaker. I grew up in Hong Kong, went to school in London, travelled around for a bit, and have just moved from California to Tokyo, although I do still travel all the time. I work on commercial illustration commissions such as cookbooks, window displays and packaging, as well as spending as much time in the print studio as I can. Read more

New Cranfield Traditional Oil Based Relief Ink

Thursday, March 29, 2018

We are thrilled to have Cranfield's new Traditional Relief Inks in stock. Cranfield make the hugely popular Caligo Safe Wash Inks. These new traditional relief inks are oil based, highly pigmented and come in a wide range of colours including gold and silver! We couldn't wait to get our hands on that gold. Take a look at our first print with this lovely new ink.  Read more

Meet the Maker: Lou Tonkin

Thursday, March 22, 2018

I'm a block printer working mainly with lino blocks, my work is largely inspired by nature & normally grows from our wonderful environment here in Cornwall.  Read more

Screen Printing onto Dark Fabrics with Yellow Ink

Thursday, March 15, 2018

In last week's blog post we began looking at which inks were suitable for screen printing onto dark fabrics. We used three different screen printing inks and looked at the difference between standard and opaque inks when printing with white. All of the white inks printed well onto the black fabric - white inks are usually thicker and more pigmented. This is not the case with coloured inks - standard screen printing inks are translucent and will therefore show some of the base colour through when printed. When printing onto white or pale coloured fabrics this is not a problem. Most standard screen printing inks will disappear into dark backgrounds and you'll need to use an opaque ink in order for it to show up. Opaque Inks are more highly pigmented and thicker than standard inks. Again, we've tested three inks to help you to decide which to use, this time all in yellow: Read more

Screen Printing onto Dark Fabrics with White Ink

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Screen printing onto fabric tends to get a little complicated as soon as you want to print onto dark coloured fabrics. Standard screen printing inks are translucent and will therefore show some of the base colour through when printed. When printing onto white or pale coloured fabrics this is not a problem. Most standard screen printing inks will disappear into dark backgrounds and you'll need to use an opaque ink in order for it to show up. Opaque Inks are more highly pigmented and thicker than standard inks. The exception to this rule is white ink. White screen printing ink tends to be a little thicker and more highly pigmented than other standard inks. In order to help you decide which ink you need, we've printed onto black fabric using three different white pre-mixed inks: 

Speedball Fabric Screen Printing InkPermaset Aqua Screen Printing Ink and Permaset Aqua Supercover Screen Printing Ink.

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Meet the Maker: Katrina Mayo of Dekko Press

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Hello! I’m a printmaker living in Brighton. I came to printmaking relatively late as I trained and worked in the Health Service for 20 years before taking a break to do an Art Foundation which I enjoyed so much that I went on to do a Printmaking Degree and later an MA in Sequential Design and Illustration at the University of Brighton. In 2016 I left my job, set up Dekko Press and focused full time on screen printing and designing greeting cards.  Read more

Using Different Tools to Make Marks on Lino

Thursday, February 22, 2018

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