Newbie Printers Learn Using Permaset & Permaprint Inks at Los Angeles City Community College

by Louise Griffin

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8 Oct 2013  | 0 Comments

In the middle of downtown Los Angeles, California lies an 88 year old community college called Los Angeles Trade Technical College. It offers vocational training along with several two year Associate degrees. One of the degrees offered is Sign Graphics, the art of designing and producing signs by hand.  Screen printing is offered each semester as an elective in the Sign Graphics program. The class is taught by Bert Johnson, a graphic designer and art director by training with over thirty years experience in screen printing.

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The teacher, Bert Johnson, shows a student how the clamp keeps the squeegee in place.


Every Saturday from 9:00am – 3:00pm, sixty-five students take over the Sign Graphics floor. They create artwork using hand work and the computer lab, they coat and expose screens, and they print on tables, a 4 and a 6 color press as they work through the semester’s assignments.


 Students learning graphic printing as they work on their one colour poster assignment.

While screen printing classes are offered throughout Los Angeles, Trade Tech(as it’s known) offers a unique approach. The class is meant to compliment the Sign Graphics curriculum and teach screen printing as a prospective business and not as a fine art. The class is structured to give students experience in creatively solving potential problems that might come up with client requirements. In addition to using water-based inks, students use plastisols and other solvent based inks. They are also are required to print on several substrates so they understand the diverse applications for screen printing in a print production setting.


A student’s completed signs using Permaprint Red B/S. | Permaprint used in students’ poster project.

“When it comes to water-based inks, Permaset and Permaprint are superior products,” says Johnson. He had a recent job that required printing on teflon-coated kitchen aprons. “I was told it couldn’t be done using water-based inks but Permaset proved them wrong. They turned out fantastic.”


Trade Tech’s screen printing class attracts students from other major including Fashion and Visual/Communication. The cross over between disciplines lets students learn from each other as they share knowledge. One particular Visual/Communications student, Bryce Arpin, has been screen printing for several semesters. As a student and a band member, he screen prints band paraphernalia including t-shirts, stickers and patches to earn money for his education. Bryce plans to open a print shop that designs and prints posters for bands. “I mix Permaset’s Black with Metallic Pearl Silver to create a really cool gunmetal black. Bands loves the way it prints on canvas patches,” say Bryce.



Bryce Arpin prints on canvas. | The canvas is cut down and made into patches for bands.

As Trade Tech students learn the art and the business of screen printing in a hands-on approach, they do so by using to the highest quality of water-based inks on the market. Luckily for them, locating more Permaset and Permaprint ink is just a ten minute walk from the campus, where they’ll find McLogan’s Supply Co. stocks every printer’s needs from Glow Pink to Metallic Pearl Gold.

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