Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and if you haven’t arranged a gift for your loved one you’d better get organised! If you’re looking for an original yet meaningful idea, why not consider breaking out your favourite fabric ink and customising a T-shirt for them? We have a few creative concepts to help start the ball rolling. … Read More
When it comes to producing detailed prints we’ve all had frustrating moments. A few helpful techniques can ensure a precise result and minimise any problems. Here’s how to perfect the process for your high detail prints, from choosing the correct mesh size to using water based inks for screen printing.
With today’s techniques and modern screen printing inks, it’s possible to achieve a great result no matter what fabric you choose. Here are our tricks for fabric paint screen printing on various textiles using our water based inks.
Natural fabrics are the ultimate choice for screen printing, as they tend to absorb the ink more readily than man-made fabrics do. Cotton and cotton blends are the most popular choice for most printers and customers as they are soft and permeable, and organic cotton can be even softer again. As with any fabric, you’ll need to cure the print. Make sure you give it plenty of time to thoroughly air dry before setting it with a drying tunnel, heat press or flash dry unit. Cottons can also be tumble dried and even baked at low heat to cure.
Christmas is almost upon us and many are thinking about the best ways to keep the festive season green. The great news is that it can be easy to minimise our environmental footprint while catching up with friends and family. Here are our top ways to celebrate this festive season with sustainable supplies and practices.
Give custom T-shirts printed with eco-friendly textile inks
Homemade gifts can be uninspiring, but you won’t have any complaints giving custom printed T-shirts created with Permaset eco fabric paint. Choose supersoft, quality organic cotton for shirts that everyone will love wearing, and personalise each design with cheeky quotes or inside jokes. They make brilliant long-lasting gifts without any of the packaging or waste.
Find sustainable decorations for your family Christmas
If your Christmas tree needs a makeover, skip the plastic ornaments. Instead, look to eco friendly decorations in paper, cardboard, sustainable wood or other biodegradable materials, and printed with eco friendly, water-based inks. Many local and online stores offer excellent ranges of Christmas decorations that are upcycled or sustainably produced. Better yet, get crafty with household items and see how far your imagination can stretch!
Wrap with a conscience
Wrapping paper is one of those things we don’t think too much about, but collectively it can add up to tonnes of extra waste each year. Christmas is the perfect opportunity to use recycled wrapping paper from last year, wrap your gift in a cute, hand-printed printed tea towel as part of the gift or even getting creative with last week’s classifieds. Skip the curling ribbon and sticky tape, and go for paper washi tape or a reusable ribbon.
Use environmentally friendly tableware for your end of year events
Whether you’re hosting an epic office lunch or a Christmas picnic, there is usually always plenty of plastic waste in terms of plastic plates, cups, straws and cutlery. Why not look into tableware made from bamboo, palm leaf, sugarcane or plant-based plastic that can be used and then composted? Not only are they environmentally friendly, they also look great and can be found in colour schemes to suit your event.
Look locally for your Christmas feast
Christmas lunch or dinner tastes a whole lot better when you’ve focused on finding in-season produce with low food miles. It’s also a perfect opportunity to support local grocers and farmers rather than the big supermarkets. Remember to shop at your local farmers’ markets, ask for special deals with local providers and look for delicious in-season fruit to top off your Christmas pavlova!
Have you been wondering why water based inks provide a superior, greener result for your screen printing? We have the low-down on why eco screen printing ink is the way to go here. For advice on the best eco screen printing products for your Christmas projects, contact the team at Permaset today. Or for ideas on creating your own fun hand-printed Christmas projects using Permaset inks see our recent Blog.
Check out these colourful Christmas decorations created by Anna and Elizabeth of the Alfred Cove Jacksons art supplies store in Western Australia. These ladies like to use Permaset and Permaprint Premium water-based inks /paints to screen print onto paper.
“Our handmade Christmas decorations and wrapping paper have been inspired by the beautiful colours and shapes of the Australian Christmas tree and native Australian flowers.” advised Anna.
“We screen printed our art work onto acetate and paper using Permaset and Permaprint Premium inks/paints. We love using Permaset ink/paint as it is easy to use, easy to clean up, has a lovely range of colours and is low odour.” commented the ladies from Jacksons Alfred Cove.
Permaset’s Screen Printing Kit (available for sale online) contains
everything you need to make your Christmas decorations.
These Xmas decorations have been printed onto acetate for a lovely
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