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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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Using Different Tools to Make Marks on Lino

Thursday, February 22, 2018

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Which Inks Can I Use?

Thursday, January 11, 2018

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Getting a Drawn Design Ready for a Screen

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Screen printing is a brilliant way to make the most of your hand drawn designs. It enables you to print them multiple times for framed artwork or cards or to create your own fabrics, bags and t-shirts. You can use your designs to make into photographic screens yourself at home or we can make them here for you at Handprinted. However you're making your photographic screens, you'll need to get your artwork ready.  Read more

Printing a solid lino block with a baren

Friday, July 21, 2017

One of the hardest things to do when printing a relief block (lino, vinyl or wood) is to print solid blocks of colour.  Read more

Printing with the Xcut Xpress

Thursday, April 06, 2017

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Using Hawthorn Process Colours

Thursday, March 23, 2017

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Testing the Differences Between Lino Blocks

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Here at Handprinted we are always getting asked to explain the difference between all the lino relief blocks available. It can be very confusing knowing whether to choose traditional lino or try an alternative such as Softcut or Vinyl.  Read more

Handprinted Studio 2016

Thursday, December 22, 2016

We've had such a brilliant year in the Handprinted Studio! We have enjoyed seeing our customers get stuck into a huge variety of techniques both in our packed workshops programme and during our open access days.  Read more