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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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Meet the Maker: Kathy Hutton

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Hi, my names Kathy Hutton, I’m a printmaker working out of my home studio in Wiltshire where I live with my husband and 3 girls. Read more

Trip to Creativeworld in Frankfurt

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Every year Shirley visits Creativeworld in Frankfurt to meet with manufacturers and suppliers and to see new creative products from around the world. This year it was a group trip as Holly joined Shirley at the glorious hour of 3.30am last Sunday morning to begin our journey!  Read more

Using Red Masking Film to Expose A Screen

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

When it comes to screen printing there are so many ways to create your image. You can cut paper stencils, use Drawing Fluid and Filler, create exposed screens with hand drawn or computer drawn designs. Red Masking Film is a brilliant way of creating exposed screens. It's transparent so can be used to trace over perfectly fitting designs and holds together in one piece, even when out design is cut out, meaning islands and delicate parts stay in exactly the right place. The red film blocks the UV light when exposing films.  Read more

Meet the Maker: 2017 Round Up!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

If you're not already a reader of our Meet the Maker blog series, you should grab a cup of tea and work your way through these fantastic interview posts. We talk to printmakers and dyers every couple of weeks to find out how they make their work, where they get their inspiration and what advice they'd give to fellow creatives!  Read more

Which Inks Can I Use?

Thursday, January 11, 2018

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Meet the Maker: Fran Wood

Thursday, January 04, 2018


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