Design Ideas for Textile Printing

by Wendy Croxford

in Tips & Ideas

9 Dec 2014  | 0 Comments

Bringing blank canvasses to life – this is something you can do right in your own home. With simple screen printing, you can easily transform a plain t-shirt into a vibrant garment with a beautiful print, or an ordinary tote bag into an accessory that signifies a cause you support.

More and more people have found this to be an effective way to improve the look of plain bags, save up on expensive designer tees, and have fun. If you’re one of the people who have discovered the beautiful art of textile print or just simply need a fresh set of ideas for your designs, you’ve come to the right place.

We’ll be sharing some great design ideas you can easily display on your favourite fabrics using your trusty Permaset water-based inks.


Baby romper hand screen printed in waterbased Permaset Aqua lime by Anna Rae

These can be quotes from your favourite book, a line from a song or a personal motto you’ve been following for years. You can easily plaster them on your shirts or bags. Word shirts have actually been around for a long time, and we see everyone sporting them every day. You can put a new twist to it by having the words form an image or an outline of something or someone.

Art & Fashion

Fabric designed by Magraw for the Mercedes Fashion Week opening 2014-15. Printed with Permaset Aqua Red ink.

Awarded winning designer Jonna Saarinen’s beautiful collection of tea towels printed with Permaset Acqua ink

Intricate prints with geometric patterns and abstract or graphic designs are great artworks for a t-shirt, poster or fabric bag. The prints can be artworks of your favourite artists or pieces that have caught your eye. They can even be your own masterpiece. The possibilities are limitless.


Flathead tshirt by Australian designer Sea Urchin Design printed with Permaset Aqua black ink

We’ve also been witness to food shirts, bags and textile prints for a long time. The main difference is, today they have just became more vivid. The prints are not mere cartoon sketches of food, but actually look like the real thing even though they’re printed on a shirt, bag or poster.


Earth positive t-shirt by Lines UK designed by Alan Gunning, Printed with Permaset Aqua inks.

Chrissie Amphlett poster by Steve Woods printed with blend of Permaprint Premium ink

You can also source a lot of material for print designs from the entertainment industry. From movie posters and album covers, to a silhouette of your favourite movie character or a caricature of an unforgettable TV personality, all the leads would look great on your shirt or fabric.

The list of design ideas doesn’t end here. Everywhere you go, everywhere you look, there’s something worth printing. Just make sure you have prepared all your screen printing needs, like your vibrant eco-friendly ink. Be ready when that burst of creativity suddenly hits you. Who knows you could be sporting the next fabric print trend

Permaprint does not contain ozone depleting chemicals such as CFCS or HCFCS. It is also formulated free of aromatic hydrocarbons. Permaprint premium is free of volatile organic solvent and does not contain PVC resin or Phthalate plasticiser