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Halloween is right around the corner and you know what that means– it’s time for the ghouls and spooks to come alive! Not literally of course, but in decorations, costumes– and for artists and screen printers, that definitely includes prints!
Halloween is one of the really fun times of the year where you get to play with scary, spooky prints, wild colours and even glow-in-the-dark inks. Here are a few fun ideas to get you started on your printing projects this Halloween!
Dying to try making your own screen prints? It’s pretty easy once you get the hang of it, and the results can be especially good when you use eco-friendly ink for screen printing.
Before you whip out those eco-friendly inks however, there’s one crucial thing you’ll need, and that of course is your design on a screen. This is easily achieved by applying a photosensitive emulsion on a blank screen, letting it dry overnight in the dark, and then exposing it to the light with your design (printed in black on a piece of transparent film) placed right on top of it.
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.
Easter is a time for getting together and handing out sweet treats to family and friends, so why not make your own gifts and cards? Here are three of our favourite easy and effective Easter projects that you can achieve with stamping equipment and water-based inks.
Rabbit or egg ribbons for gifts
Patterned ribbon is such a simple way to add a distinctive touch to an Easter egg or gift, and block printing is an ideal way to produce bulk amounts of it! You’ll want to design a small and simple print to suit the ribbon’s width, and then choose a contrasting ink colour so your pattern stands out. We love the idea of repeating a series of rabbit silhouettes or tiny eggs along a thick satin ribbon. You might even choose metallic gold or silver eco-friendly inks, which can look amazing on dark and bright colours.