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4 Mar 2022  | 0 Comments

Perhaps you’re new to screen printing, or want to try something that’s different to your usual textile printing. Either way, you’re doing your research to find the best ink for screen printing on paper. While there’s a world of screen print ink options out there, making a few careful choices will help ensure a crisp, safe and vivid result.

Key considerations when choosing screen printing ink for paper

Screen printing on paper uses the same process as screen printing on textiles or clothing; however, it’s worth choosing the right inks and equipment for the best possible result. Here are some key factors to consider.

Water based vs plastisol composition

Plastisol inks consist of PVC particles suspended in a liquid plasticiser, while water-based inks consist of pigment suspended in a water base. When screen printing on paper, water-based inks are the obvious choice as they produce a strong print without the need for curing – you can simply air dry your paper prints. You can also use water to rinse screens and equipment, unlike plastisol inks that require the use of solvents.

Tip: Water-based inks can be thinner than plastisol inks, so if you’re used to printing with plastisol inks it’s a good idea to use a finer mesh to ensure a crisp result. See our PERMAPRINT PREMIUM® specifications for mesh recommendations with this range.

Vivid prints on paper are a dream with the right water based inks, as shown by this work by atelier_fwells.



Environmental and safety considerations

If you’ve worked with screen printing inks before, you’ll know that some products can contain harmful phthalates and even produce noxious fumes while printing. These can be harmful both to people and the natural environment, so it’s worth looking for a safer option. The PERMAPRINT Premium® range is formulated free of aromatic hydrocarbons, volatile solvent, PVC resin or Phthalates Plasticiser. This non toxic screen printing ink is safe to work with and is ideal for printing wallpaper, wrapping paper, posters, shop displays, stickers, packaging – and more.

Tip: Customers love to hear that a screen print is made with non-toxic and sustainable materials, so be sure to share this information if you’re selling your screen printed products.

Your paper or card stock of choice

Of course, your choice of screen printing inks may also depend on the paper stock you’re printing onto. If you’re printing onto dark coloured stock such as navy blue or black, be sure to choose a professional quality ink that will produce an intense, opaque result. You might also want to incorporate a metallic, glow or gloss varnish finish to your paper prints – all achievable with the PERMAPRINT Premium ® range.

This poster by @offthepresscollective shows just how effective water-based screen printing can be on black card stock.

Explore PERMAPRINT Premium Inks

As you search for the best ink for screen printing on paper, we’d welcome you to consider the carefully formulated PERMAPRINT Premium® range. This water-based ink produces excellent results on paper, cardboard, wood, glass, polycarbonates (lexan), polyesters (mylar), some coated metals and polystyrene. To explore the vivid range in full, including process colours, head over to PERMASET  online shop now.

4 Mar 2022  | 0 Comments

If you’ve ever glanced at a vibrant wall mural and thought, “I want to do that!”, then now’s the time to jump right into the world of scenic painting. All you need is a wall, the right type of vibrant paint for your mural, some basic equipment and the correct scenic painting techniques to develop your design.

Common scenic painting techniques

While every mural artist has their own unique style, following are some of the most common processes and techniques you can incorporate into your scenic painting project.

Applying base colours

Starting with a fresh base coat in an appropriate colour for your design is an ideal way to begin a new mural.  If you’re painting over a dark background and your mural is in light colours, there are two PERMAPLASTIK undercoats you can use.  PERMAPLASTIK Acrylic Sealer Undercoat in White, or PERMAPLASTIK N23 Grey Primer.  The PERMPLASTIK N23 Grey Primer is a great base to use if you are wishing to paint PERMAPLASTIK Glow colours in your design as it helps them stand out.

Planning your design

While some mural artists paint instinctively, others will begin with a smaller drawing as a draft. Once the base coat is down, you can sketch out your design in pencil onto the wall to get the proportions right across the surface.

Projecting the design up onto the wall

Some artists choose to prepare a small drawing, then project that design up onto the wall using an audio visual projector.  Using this method, you can trace over the projected design, making a line drawing on the wall which ensures you will get the proportions of your mural correct.

Taping and stencilling

While this isn’t a common technique used by all mural artists, using stencils and tape can help you to paint sections consistently and ensure clean edges, if this is required for your design.


The best part of all is when you can grab your paint brushes and enjoy the satisfaction as that paint goes on smoothly. Contrasting colours can help to create dynamic and eye-catching imagery.

Watch @mulgatheartist apply an expert hand to a wall mural using these beautiful PERMAPLASTIK Glow colours.


Depending on your style, adding clean outlines around different sections can help to convey contrast and dimension. Outlines can be added with a fine paintbrush or a paint pen, such as a Uni-Posca pen.

Sponging or stippling

Both of these techniques can be great for adding shading to larger areas without detailed work. Sponging and stippling can also be effective for painting on uneven surfaces.

  • To sponge, simply dampen a sponge with water, dip it into your paint, squeeze out the excess and dab onto the surface.
  • To stipple, apply small dabs from a paint brush across the area to be shaded.

Adding fresh elements

There are many options to bring an extra level of interest to your murals, including Metallic and Glow paint colours or fluoro colours that glow under a UV light source.

PERMAPLASTIK Glow Colours glow under UV light


Contemporary artist Kayde Valja used the PERMAPLASTIK Metallic colours to paint his recent ‘Earthly Delights’ series

Finding the right water-based paint for your mural

Contrary to what you might expect, water-based scenic paints can provide a vivid and durable result for indoor wall murals plus it’s easier to clean up your equipment with water.  For outdoor murals, some of the PERMAPLASTIK Glow colours can fade in the sunlight so it’s best to overcoat your mural with the PERMAPLASTIK Clear Gloss or Matt varnish once it’s completed to provide more longevity of the colours.

@heavymentalartist painted his mural ‘Lizardus in the Everglow’ at the Uncontained Festival in Hurstville, and it glows under UV light.

Alternatively, the manufacturer, Colormaker Industries, can provide a more fade-resistant range of bright mural colours for painting outdoor murals, please contact us on 02 9939 7977 for more information about these paints.

PERMAPLASTIK® scenic paints are used across a vast range of applications, from school murals to installations to fine art. They have also been used on film sets for blockbuster movies including The Matrix, Mad Max: Fury Road and Wolverine.

St Augustines College mural painted by Mulga the Artist using PERMAPLASTIK scenic paints

With 32 brilliant colours to choose from and the ability to re-work after just one hour of drying, it’s the ideal mural paint choice for beginners and professionals alike. Explore the full PERMAPLASTIK® range today, or find a stockist in your local area.


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