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7 Aug 2019  | 0 Comments

Diagram showing the plans for Solar panels on the Colormaker Industries factory and warehouse/office roofs.

Colormaker Industries are the manufacturers of Permaset eco-friendly inks located on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia.  Colormaker is committed to supporting the environment and to the continual improvement of its environmental performance, recognising its obligations both locally and globally.

The company has recently signed up for Solar Energy and Colormaker is installing 356 solar panels on the roofs of its buildings.  The installation of extensive solar panels are expected to be completed by the end of September 2019, and once commissioned we will export surplus clean energy back to the grid.  It will be 6-8 weeks until the solar installation and testing phases are completed.  Over this time, we’ll be posting updates every few days to show the progress of the installation.

Here we are on Day #2 of the Solar Power installation. The measuring & marking up phase has been completed and now the L feet are going in. We had a bit of trouble with tech screws which caused some delays, so now we’re pre-drilling holes & using heavier gauge screws.

End of Day #2 of the Solar Installation – as the sun sets on the roof of our factory.

7.8.2019 – Day #3 over. A lot of the rails are now in and some panels are being prepped for installation tomorrow

8.8.2019 – Day #4 We had some afternoon delays due to a rain sqall and now high winds with worse expected tomorrow. Here’s a close up of the rails installed so far.

Week 1 – Day #5 – a few hold ups due to high winds and bad weather.

Week 2 – Day #8 done & dusted. There’s not a lot different to see, but if you look closely, you can see more wires & rail that has been installed this week.

Week 2 – Day #8. Solar Panels ready and waiting to be installed.

8. Week 3 – Day #13. We’re making good progress with 51 Solar Panels installed, and just another 305 to go!

10. Week 4.  We lost 4 days to rain last week, but got the back section finished today.  Ever closer to completion.

11. Week 5.  The solar installation at Colormaker Industries has now been completed and we are so excited!

356 solar panels will generate all our electricity, and at times we’ll be exporting excess renewable energy back to the grid.  At peak production, estimates indicate we’ll be generating enough energy to power 15-20 homes, and furthermore, the electricity Colormaker Industries produces will save the production of over 100 tonnes of greenhouse gas per year.

Take a look at the following photos for our completed installation on the roofs of our factory and office complex.

Check out  the above video showing drone footage of the completed Colomaker Solar Panel project.

Official Opening

On Friday 27/9/19, we were honoured to welcome the Federal Member for Warringah, Ms Zali Steggall, OAM to officially open Colormaker Industries Solar Panel Installation by cutting the ribbon and switching on the solar panels.

Federal Member for Warrigan, Zali Steggall switches on the 356 solar panels at Colormaker Industries, paint and ink manufacturer in Sydney, Australia.

Colormaker Industries is so very proud that now there’s a little bit of Australian sunshine ☀️☀️☀️going into every pot of PERMASET, PERMATONE & PERMAPRINT PREMIUM inks and PERMAPLASTIK scenic paint we manufacture here at our factory in Brookvale!

Visit the PERMASET Sustainability page to find out more about our other sustainability initiatives.

29 Jul 2019  | 0 Comments

Read Part 1.

Part 2 – How to Create Great Colour Schemes for your Screen Print

In Part 1, we looked at getting to know PERMASET Screen Printing Inks by working with reductions to produce a range of tints from each colour in the PERMASET range. In this part, we’ll look at some tried and tested colour schemes for screen prints to get that perfect colour combo for your next project. So read on and get inspired!

Standout colour combinations are an effective way for your design to get the attention that it deserves. Printing colour on textiles, paper and other substrates can be tricky if you’re creating your designs digitally, so it’s always a good idea to screen print colour samples when assessing a colour scheme.


The Basics of Colour – The Colour Wheel

Most people are familiar with the colour wheel which we learned in school and is made up of primary red, blue and yellow. These primary colours, when mixed, produce the secondary colours of purple, green and orange.

PERMASET Mid Red, Orange R, Mid Yellow, Mid Green, Blue B and Purple


Understanding the colour wheel and how it can be used to create colour harmonies is central to creating standout colour combinations.

The colour wheel can be further expanded by including 13 of the 19 PERMASET Standard Colours.  (The PERMASET Standard Colours not shown on the colour wheel are White, Jet Black, Venetian Red, Brown R and Dark Brown.)

PERMASET Standard Colours arranged on the colour wheel

Also shown on the PERMASET colour wheel are tints (or reductions) at 25% and 6%, tones and shades. Tints (or reductions) are shown on the outer two rings and tones and shades are shown on the inner two rings. Tones are created by mixing grey (white and a little black ink) and shades are created by adding a little bit of black to the colour. Read Part 1 to know more about reductions. We will use unreduced (pure) PERMASET inks and their tints (reductions) in our colour combinations later on.

As you can see on the colour wheel above, there are some gaps and these should be filled in so we have a more complete range of colour choices when creating our colour combinations.

We prepared PERMASET Ink mixes of:

  • 94% Yellow R and 6% Orange R
  • 75% Yellow R and 25% Orange R
  • 75% Mid Yellow and 25% Mid Green
  • 50% Mid Yellow and 50% Mid Green
  • 50% Blue B and 50% Purple
  • 50% Rose and 50% Purple
  • 75% Rose and 25% Purple
  • 50% Mid Red and 50% Purple

These were printed and added to the colour wheel. The exact ratios of PERMASET Ink mixes don’t really matter that much – they are rough estimates to create colours to fill the gaps in the colour wheel. You can create your own blends to fill the gaps.

So now our colour wheel is ready to use to create vibrant colour combinations.


PERMASET Expanded Colour Wheel


The Four Basic Colour Harmonies

The simplest colour harmony, the Monochromatic palette, is based on the tints, tones and shades of the same colour or hue.

A Monochromatic Colour Harmony based on a single hue

Monochromatic colour palettes are gentle and soothing. Create interest by varying the brightness (or value) of adjacent colours in your design. This creates colour combinations with good contrast.

Monchromatic colour scheme using a 25% Orange R and 75% Yellow R mix at 100%, 25% and 6% reductions

Analogous colour palettes
are based on three or more colours that are next to each other on the colour wheel.

Analogous Colour Harmony based on three adjacent colours

Analogous colour combinations give a sense of harmony and balance.

The design shown below is made up of colours blended from 50% Rose and 50% Purple, 75% Rose and 25% Purple, 50% Mid Red and 50% Purple at 100%, 25% and 6% reductions. Remember to create interest by varying the brightness (or value) of the adjacent colours in your design.


To achieve colour combinations of high contrast, complementary colour harmonies are created. These are colour schemes based on colours chosen from opposite sides of the colour wheel.

Complementary colour combination based on opposite colours

Colour schemes based on complementary colours have high energy and are visually interesting. Complementary colours schemes are a good choice when you want to make a statement with your design.

The fourth basic colour combination, a split complementary harmony results when one colour is paired with two colours on either side of the original colour’s direct opposite on the colour wheel (see the diagram below).

A split complementary colour scheme

Colour schemes based on split complementary colour arrangements are high contrast and visually exciting. These colour schemes are a little more sophisticated than complementary colour combinations. The key to making complementary and split complementary colour combinations work is to vary the brightness (value) of the colours (by using reductions) for high pop value.

Breaking the Rules

If you find yourself always gravitating to the same colour or you just can’t seem to get that great combination to work, then these four colour harmony tips can help by offering tried and tested suggestions for you to use. There are other colour harmonies to discover too, so as you become more confident, go ahead and break the rules. The great thing about colour is to mix, print and see how you feel about it and have fun along the way.

It’s also helpful to keep a work book or colour diary. Record the mixes that you make and include a sample print stapled into the book. While it may slow you down at first, this book will become an invaluable resource as you keep adding to it. As you become more comfortable with this, you might also include info such as mesh size, squeegee type and number of pulls.

For further information about PERMASET® AQUA inks visit our PERMASET AQUA page.

2 Jul 2019  | 0 Comments

There have been many different developments and trends in screen printing, and one of the most popular of these is printing your own tag inside your t-shirts. Printing your own tags is a shirt printing trend that’s not likely to go away anytime soon because it offers a lot benefits. The first being that screen printing your own tags gives you a lot of creative freedom and allows you to be imaginative with your tags and branding. Secondly, it can be a great marketing tool and thirdly, you can ensure that your brand name and other details stay on the shirt if the shirt tag is cut off, which is a common trend these days.

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11 Jun 2019  | 0 Comments

Are all your prints starting to look the same? Are the same old flat prints starting to bore you? Do you want screenprints that’ll make your items stand out and grab attention? If so, then it’s about time you tried printing with PERMASET Aqua Puff Paste!

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