Author: Wendy Croxford
It’s 2019– are you still printing with plastisol inks?
Since the early days of fabric printing, plastisol ink has understandably been the go-to ink for most printers. It was much easier to use compared to water-based ink since it required fewer steps and was easier to work with.
The 2019 school year is upon us– it’s time again to get your kids ready with all the school supplies they’ll need. While you can always buy them generic school supplies, this year why not start the school year right by printing some personalised school notebooks, backpacks, lunch bags, pencil cases and calendars for them?
Printing school items is not only a great way to get kids pumped up and excited for school, it’s also a fun and affordable back to school project you can do with your kids that lets them express their personality and creativity. All you’ll need is a few water-based fabric paints, printing stencils and stamps, and a whole lot of imagination and creativity!
Christmas is a wonderful time to spread love and cheer especially to those nearest and dearest to us. It’s that one time of the year where we get to enjoy the company of family and friends and share our blessings through the giving of gifts.
Such a special season calls for giving not just any old gift you can get in a store– to show just how much your loved ones mean to you, it’s best to give something extra special, like hand-made and personalised gifts!
Personalised gifts are extra special because of the time and effort you put into making them. Though they’re often a lot less expensive than the gifts you get from a store, the end results can be priceless to those we give them to.
In order to screen print in a sustainable way, you will need to ensure that all elements of the process are responsibly sourced. This includes the fabric or material that you’re printing onto, as well as eco-friendly or vegan inks for screen printing. Here’s where you can source quality components for organic printing.
Finding organic T-shirts and fabric for screen printing
There are many options for buying quality organic fabrics and clothing these days, particularly online. For small print runs in Australia, for example, you might look to stores like Fairtees, Etiko or Velvety for fair trade and organic blank T-shirts. If you’re running large print runs, suppliers such as OCC Apparel can provide certified organic cottons in a variety of colours and styles, such as these t-shirts pictured here which are from the ‘Earth Positive’ brand. Other good organic brands include Salvage and Certton which are also available at OCC Apparel. Search for fair trade organic yardage or clothing to find materials that are ethically grown and processed.
Some screen printers steer clear of water based inks because of the perception that they’re tricky to master, but these inks can actually be a joy to use and the results really speak for themselves. Done right, your prints will be softer to the touch, more detailed, more environmentally friendly and more durable than with plastisol inks. Remember these top five tips and you’ll practically be ensuring a perfect print with Permaset water based inks.