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Transform your art projects with high-quality, water-based screen printing ink solutions


Whether you’re working on a large-scale project or a small, intricate design, PERMASET Inks offer the versatility and reliability that you need to achieve stunning results. Manufactured sustainably with 100% solar energy. 

Why water-based inks?

In today’s world, where sustainability is a top priority, screen printing inks for hobbyists and artists play a crucial role in promoting more environmentally friendly printing practices.

PERMASET is an excellent choice for screen ink suppliers for art studios, offering high-quality, eco-friendly, and long-lasting inks. By choosing PERMASET water-based inks, artists can significantly reduce their environmental impact while still creating beautiful, long-lasting and vibrant prints.

In addition to being made from natural and renewable resources, PERMASET AQUA Inks for fabric printing and PERMAPRINT Premium Inks for printing on paper and other substrates, are free from harmful chemicals like phthalates and PVC, making them much safer for both the environment and the people using them. They’re also non-toxic, non-flammable, and biodegradable, making them an excellent choice for eco-conscious artists.

Soft prints

As one of the leading water-based ink suppliers for art studios, PERMASET Inks deliver soft, durable prints with vivid and long-lasting colours that are made from the finest pigments.


PERMASET Inks are not only vibrant and long-lasting, but they are also breathable, allowing for maximum comfort when printing on fabrics.

Vibrant colours

If you want your designs to pop with vibrant colours, PERMASET Inks are the perfect choice, with bold and bright colours that are sure to make your prints stand out.

Low cure temperature capability

Looking for printing ink manufacturers for art studios with products that are not only eco-friendly, but also low-temperature curing? PERMASET Inks offer just that, making them a top choice for printing on heat-sensitive fabrics and ensuring the highest quality results.

Improved printability

Made sustainably


Soil Association approved

Resources for art hobbyists

Whether you’re working on a large-scale project or a small, intricate design, PERMASET Inks offer the versatility and reliability that you need to achieve stunning results. Manufactured sustainably with 100% solar energy.


Looking for screen printing tips and tricks? Our website offers a wealth of helpful resources, including videos, e-books and blogs that are available here
In addition to our general screen printing content, we also offer e-books that focus specifically on Reductions of PERMASET AQUA and PERMATONE Inks. These e-books cover everything from reductions to colour mixing, and they’re a great resource for anyone looking to get the most out of these high-quality inks.

Free download: Moving to water-based inks


Whether you’re new to screen printing or have been doing it for years, our content as screen printing ink suppliers for art studios is designed to help you take your art to the next level. From mastering the flood stroke and print stroke to perfecting the design-to-print process, our YouTube channel has got you covered.

What artists have to say about PERMASET

I hand screen print textiles and fine art prints. I’m an extremely tactile person which means using PERMASET ink is particularly enjoyable. It’s almost like using a really fancy face cream – the kind that you savour as you use it, knowing that it’s special. The opacity and colour is rich and beautiful and the durability and soft hand on fabric is stellar.

Kristen Loffer Theiss, Designer

KLT:works, Washington USA 

Our range of sustainable inks

Permaset Aqua


Setting the industry standard of water-based inks for light-coloured fabrics

Permaset Supercover


Unsurpassed colour and opacity even on the darkest fabrics

Permaprint Premium


Inks for printing on paper, board, plastic, glass, wood, metal & other substrates



Colour matching set for printing on fabrics, can be mixed to match 1869 colours. Organically Approved by the Soil Association of the UK to GOTS v 6.0



Colour-matching set of inks for printing on paper, board, plastic, glass, wood, metal & other substrates 

Why choose PERMASET

Sustainability comes first

By using water-based and eco-friendly materials, PERMASET Inks sets itself apart as one of the world’s leading screen ink manufacturers for art studios. PERMASET Inks significantly reduce their environmental impact, making them a sustainable choice for printing on textiles. Not only are PERMASET Inks water-based, non-toxic, and free of harmful chemicals, but they also have lower energy consumption during production and reduced water usage.

High quality inks

Whether you’re a professional artist or just starting out, PERMASET Inks are sure to help you take your designs to the next level. With a unique formulation and high pigmentation, our inks produce stunning, vivid colours that stand out on any fabric, from cotton to silk.

No harmful chemicals

Unlike traditional inks that are packed with harmful chemicals, PERMASET Inks are made with a water-based, non-toxic formula that is free from dangerous chemicals. This makes them safe to use and handle, reducing the risk of harmful exposure for both you and the environment.

Valuing people and our communities

PERMASET is committed to supporting local communities, using ethically sourced materials and supporting small businesses to help create a more sustainable future. By choosing PERMASET Ink, you can feel good knowing that you’re supporting a company that values people and communities as much as they value the environment and the quality of their products.

Frequently asked questions

PERMASET FIRST DOWN WHITE Ink has been specifically formulated for use as an underbase (flash white). It is used by trade printers who wish to print on dark fabrics but use regular PERMASET Standard colours or PERMATONE Inks to retain their superior softness and vibrancy. The First Down White should only be used by shops with multi-station print facilities where tight registration can be maintained. 

PERMASET SUPERCOVER WHITE is the premium opaque white ink for printing directly onto dark fabrics. It has the highest levels of titanium dioxide pigment for use on dark coloured fabrics. Excellent opacity in a water-based ink. Despite having been the flagship product in the PERMASET SUPERCOVER range for > 30 years, in more recent times, this style of ink has become popularly known as HSA or High Solids Acrylic.

PERMASET STANDARD WHITE is a soft handle white ink for printing onto light coloured fabrics. It delivers a significantly softer hand than the PERMASET SUPERCOVER White ink, yet still delivers a beautifully crisp white print and looks spectacular when used for white-on-white prints. 

This is probably the biggest problem for people who are starting to use or are changing over to water-based inks, particularly from plastisols, which are very forgiving in this regard. 

Prevention is better than cure, so if you can, keep humidity in the print area above 40-50% RH.  

When people first start, they can use a fine mist of water every 15-20 prints to maintain the moisture of the inks. Many people swear by this method. The most important thing is to flood the screen with a layer of ink (1-2 mm; 1/16-1/10”) and to keep the ink moving. If a screen has been sitting around doing nothing for a while, pull a test print from it onto a scrap t-shirt or piece of fabric. 

If the ink does start to dry on the screen a little, don’t panic. Just pull a print on a test piece, so that as much ink is cleared from the mesh as possible, take a damp rag and clean both sides of the screen, then remove excess moisture with another rag. Reflood the screen, take another test print and then you’re good to go again. 

Mesh count is often a factor. The higher the mesh count, the quicker the ink will dry. Most garment printers use a 43T (110 tpi) mesh. 

Use a good emulsion that is compatible with water-based inks and maintains its integrity and you can get good results even with a coarser mesh. With increased experience, you will eventually master 77-90T (195-225 tpi) meshes for SUPERCOVER and up to 120 T (305 tpi) for PERMASET AQUA and PERMATONE. 

PERMASET Inks are 100% water-based and do not contain any organic (hydrocarbon) solvents. 

Yes, inks within each range can be mixed.  

However, when mixing between ranges, e.g. PERMASET SUPERCOVER® opaque inks with PERMASET AQUA® transparent inks, it is important to exercise caution. First, the opacity of the print will be reduced compared to a print with PERMASET SUPERCOVER® ink alone. This will be particularly noticeable in prints over dark backgrounds. Second, some combinations exhibit slight to significant incompatibility. As above, exercise caution and test first before embarking on a production run.  

PERMASET Inks are incredibly versatile and can be used on a variety of surfaces and materials, including:

  • Natural fibres such as cotton, linen, and hemp.
  • Synthetic fabrics like polyester, nylon, and spandex.
  • Blends of natural and synthetic fibres.
  • Paper and cardstock.
  • Wood and untreated timber.
  • Leather and suede.
  • Some plastics and vinyl

It is important to note that some materials may require additional pre-treatment, such as pre-washing or applying a bonding agent, to ensure the ink adheres properly. Similarly, the specific type of PERMASET Ink you use may be better suited for certain materials than others

PERMASET Inks can be stored for an extended period if they are stored correctly. The shelf life of PERMASET Inks will vary depending on the specific ink and storage conditions, but generally, they can last up to 12 months or more if stored properly.

To store PERMASET Inks, it is recommended to keep them in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight, and at a temperature between 5-25°C. It is also essential to keep the ink containers tightly closed to prevent any air from entering and drying out the ink.

If you plan to store the ink for an extended period, it is a good idea to shake the containers regularly to ensure the ink’s pigments are evenly distributed. This will help prevent settling and clumping of the pigments.

No, it is not recommended to mix water-based inks and plastisol inks. Water-based inks and plastisol inks are designed to work differently, and their chemical compositions are not compatible with each other.

Water-based inks are made from water-soluble pigments, while plastisol inks are made from PVC particles suspended in a plasticiser. When mixed together, the water-based ink can cause the plastisol to curdle or coagulate, ruining the print and potentially damaging the printing equipment.

If you need to use both types of inks in a print job, it is best to use them separately and not try to mix them together. It is also essential to clean your equipment thoroughly between using water-based inks and plastisol inks to prevent any contamination or mixing of the inks.

Water-based inks and oil-based inks are two different types of inks that are used for various purposes.

Water-based inks are made by mixing colourants with water as a solvent. They are primarily used for printing on paper and other porous surfaces. They are more environmentally friendly than oil-based inks because they do not contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can be harmful to the environment and human health. Water-based inks are also easier to clean up with soap and water.

Oil-based inks, on the other hand, are made by mixing colourants with an oil-based solvent, such as linseed oil or mineral spirits. They are primarily used for printing on non-porous surfaces, such as metal, plastic, and glass. Oil-based inks are more durable and long-lasting than water-based inks and are resistant to fading and water damage. However, they require more time to dry, are more difficult to clean up and contain harmful VOCs.

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