Planning on creating your very first, personalised printed tee? There are a few essentials you always need to have in your screen printing kit.
Choosing what to include in your kit can be confusing at times, as different printers can have different methods and suggestions. However, these variations really depend on your personal preferences, and what really matters are these few essentials:
Screen – Of course, you’ve got to have a screen in order to screen print. Screens come in a lot of different sizes and which one you choose really depends on the size of your print. They also come in different mesh counts, and the right mesh count will depend on how detailed your design is and how thick your ink is. The more detailed your design, the higher your mesh count should be otherwise the ink will simply fall through the larger holes of the screen, bleed and make your print blurry. If your ink is quite thick however, you’ll want to use a lower mesh count or else not much ink is going to go through your screen.
What’s neither glitter nor pure gold but gives off a brilliant, breathtaking sheen to prints on your shirt? It’s none other than metallic ink, and it gives off just enough shine to make any printed design stand out without being too loud or ostentatious.
Metallic inks are distinct printing inks that have been around for a while but aren’t as commonly used as other water-based inks for printing. There are a few possible reasons for this, one being that people often get intimidated by the boldness of these colours, and are unsure how to use them.
Using metallic inks for screen printing however is not that complicated, and they produce sensational, shining results that are well worth the try.
Summer is right around the corner and you know what that means– beach, barbies and for screen printers and DIYers, some fun and fabulous summer screen printing projects!
Summer is a great time to head outdoors with your printing screens and kits. The summer sun is perfect for quick drying prints, and the beach and outdoor summer scenes are definitely great inspirations for prints.
Before heading out however remember to put on some sunscreen and make sure to keep yourself hydrated– the same goes with your screens, as water-based inks can dry quickly in the sun.
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.
Screen printed yardage can give you unlimited options for creating clothing, objects and artworks out of textiles. Here’s how to get started in screen printing yardage at your home or studio without the usual expensive equipment, using Permaset Aqua screen printing inks for safe use and easy clean-up.