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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 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

Which Inks Can I Use?

Thursday, January 11, 2018

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Screen Printing: The Ultimate Studio Guide - Book Giveaway!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

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How to Screen Print with Paper Stencils

Thursday, November 09, 2017

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20:20 Print Exchange - Handprinted's entrants

Thursday, October 26, 2017

This year 20 members of the Handprinted studio are submitting work to the 20:20 Print Exchange. The 20:20 Print Exchange is an exchange organised by Hot Bed Press in Salford. Each participant has to print an edition of 25 prints that are 20cm x 20cm. There are approximately 500 artists that take part from around 40 studios. Each participant receives a box of 20 prints that includes one of their own and 19 randomly selected prints from other artists. The participants can print with whatever method they wish. Below are the prints from the 20 artists from Handprinted. What a fantastic selection! For more information about the 20:20 print exchange please click here
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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

Screen Printing on to Fabric Workshop

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Hello, My name is Hayley and for the past week I have been at Handprinted for work experience. I have loved every minute of it especially when I took part in the screen printing work shop onto fabric. It was my first time screen printing and I cannot wait to do it again. We began the workshop with screen printing using a paper stencil where the lovely Shirley did a tutorial on preparation and stencil cutting. Read more

Printing Labels with Thermofax

Thursday, June 01, 2017

We have just launched our Ready Made Thermofaxes in a smaller size. The designs are the same as the Medium Ready Mades - just smaller (most images are about 6cm square). Thermofaxes are like a light weight screen and are great for printing your own textiles or papers. If you don't know what a Thermofax is hop over to our earlier blog here.  Read more