Printing Yardage Using Permaset Aqua Screen Printing Inks
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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.
The equipment you’ll need:
- A long, flat and square table
Get set up at a large flat surface with enough room at either end for your rolls of fabric. You may wish to place clean cloth or tarps on the floor at either end to keep excess fabric clean while printing.
- A T-ruler
A large T-ruler will help you to align, or register, your prints square to the table you’re printing on. These rulers are easy to either buy or to create yourself using some scrap wood. Just make sure they’re perfectly square!
- Spray adhesive
You may not need spray adhesive depending on the fabric you’re printing onto – however, consider it as an option to keep fabric firmly in place, particularly if you’re printing onto delicate or stretch material.
- Your usual screens, squeegees and Permaset Aqua screen printing inks
The larger your screens the better, as this will minimise the total number of prints you will need to make to cover your fabric yardage. A squeegee with an extension handle can also make it easier to pass ink across wide fabrics.
- A method for heat setting your fabric inks
A heat gun (or hair dryer in a pinch) will be easy to manoeuvre over the fabric lengths.
The process for printing yardage
Prep and set your chosen design onto your screen using the standard instructions, then set up your screen printing station. The trick is to line up the fabric with the edge of your table, using spray adhesive if needed to keep everything in place. For some fabrics, you may want to use a large piece of flat felt on top of the table surface and underneath the fabric to provide more give when printing. Before you begin, take some time to mark or tape registration lines on one side of the screen at both the top and bottom of your design. This will help you to line up your second and consequent prints perfectly.
Once your ink is prepared, set up your T-ruler so it’s square with the table and then line up your screen. You can now make your first print. If you have the space, you may choose to print every alternative print at once and heat set these as you go to avoid smudges. Otherwise, heat set each print before moving on to the next and roll the printed fabric back up as it dries. Remember to keep your screen moist with a spray of water, or by keeping lots of ink on the screen (this is called flooding the screen), or to clean it between prints so you don’t encounter any blockages. Repeat this printing process until you have worked along the entire length of the fabric, heat set each panel and you will soon be ready to sell or use your beautiful printed fabric.
It you need more advice on screen printing yardage, there are a few printers who run comprehensive yardage printing classes in Australia. These include: