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  • Do DIY Printers Need a Flash Dryer? Salt & Pine Co. Shares Her Experience
    May 7, 2021 Jacelyn Wedman

    Do DIY Printers Need a Flash Dryer? Salt & Pine Co. Shares Her Experience

    Getting into screen printing is expensive. Many printers start off with a heat gun as a curing device. It’s cheap, and it does the job. Once the orders start piling up, heat guns don’t cut it anymore. They slow down the process and aren’t consistent. What should a printer upgrade to that doesn’t cost a lot? Consider a flash dryer. Amanda Dunnigan, owner of Salt & Pine Co., added a flash dryer to her shop and shares how it has impacted her production.
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  • Buying New vs. Used Screen Printing Equipment
    April 21, 2021 Jacelyn Wedman

    Buying New vs. Used Screen Printing Equipment

    So you’re thinking about buying some screen printing equipment. Where should you buy it from? Should you buy brand-new products, or find used equipment from other printers? Printing experts Colin Huggins and Darryl Sapp discuss the benefits and drawbacks of buying new and used screen printing equipment for your shop.
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  • a print that says camp five times and it has sunset colors on the text
    April 10, 2021 Sage Larson

    How to Print T-Shirts

    Ready to make your own apparel, but not sure where to start? Sounds like you need a guide on how to print t-shirts. In this 10-step guide, you'll learn about every process: making the artwork, preparing screens, printing, curing, and cleaning. Learn how to print t-shirts today, and start printing tomorrow.
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  • Everything You Need to Know about Making a Darkroom in a Closet, Bathroom, and Garage
    April 7, 2021 Jacelyn Wedman

    Everything You Need to Know about Making a Darkroom in a Closet, Bathroom, and Garage

    To get the best screen possible, you need the best darkroom setup. If your print shop is in your home, you might have to get creative with your darkroom. Setting up an effective darkroom can be challenging, but Darkroom expert Colin Huggins has you covered. In this post, he shares tips and nuances for constructing home darkrooms in a closet, a bathroom, and a garage.
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  • a tie dye long sleeve on a platen
    March 26, 2021 Jacelyn Wedman

    Best Practices for Printing on Tie-Dye

    Tie-dye is versatile and popular, especially in the spring and summer. Who doesn’t want to wear all those swirling colors?! Whether you’re dying the shirt yourself or buying pre-dyed garments, you can screen print on it. Expert Colin Huggins shares tips and best practices for printing on tie-dyed garments.
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  • white ink across a screen
    March 19, 2021 Jacelyn Wedman

    How to Make a DIY Screen for Screen Printing

    Screen printers get creative when it comes to DIY projects. From building their own drying cabinets to using the sun for exposure, printers know how to use the tools they have at hand to get the job done. When Amanda Dunigan of Salt and Pine Co. made the switch from heat transfer vinyl (HTV) to screen printing, she didn’t completely ditch the vinyl. She kept her vinyl cutter to create stencils for screens. It works great, but it has its limitations. Amanda shared with us why this DIY screen process works for her and how she does it.
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  • a gold jacket folded on a table
    January 27, 2021 Sage Larson

    Tips for Screen Printing Over Buttons and Zippers

    The first time you try to print over polos, flannels, dress shirts, and the dreaded zipper hoodie, you might notice a few issues. As you pull the squeegee across the screen and approach the button or zipper, the screen will ride up on top of it, leaving a mass of ink around the zipper or button. In the end, it turns out to be a messy print. Printing on garments with buttons or zippers can be difficult. With a little effort and the right tools, it’s possible to do it right.
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  • person holding a printed box
    December 4, 2020 Sage Larson

    How to Print Your Own Custom Boxes

    Why bother customizing the boxes you ship garments in? It's actually a small, but significant way to stand out from the crowd and look incredibly professional. That package is the customer's first impression of your business, why not make it a good one? Luckily, it's fairly easy to print on cardboard boxes. Rogue Lab Owner Lee Stuart breaks down every step of the process — from creating the artwork to curing the ink — so you can customize your own boxes effortlessly. 
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  • woman standing next to 150 press and an ink shelf is behind her
    October 30, 2020 Sage Larson

    Meet the Maker of Salt & Pine Co.

    Traditional, nine-to-five professions made Amanda Dunigan miserable. Cooped up in a drabby office at a bank for 10 years made her feel antsy, itching to do something more. She quit her job and started bartending, exploring creative endeavors on the side. After trying one activity after another, Amanda finally found her calling — screen printing.
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  • an ipad and a shirt with a skull design that says live long
    October 23, 2020 Sage Larson

    How You Can Make a T-Shirt Design in Procreate

    Have a ton of great t-shirt ideas but don't know how to design them? Graphic Designer Cory Romesier of Golden Press Studio will walk you through how you can create your own design in Procreate. He'll share helpful insights about Procreate, tricks you can utilize to take the design to the next level, and how to mock it up on a shirt. Check it out.
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  • screen printing press in garage
    September 25, 2020 Sage Larson

    Should I Screen Print or Decorate with Vinyl?

    Ready to start decorating garments? There are many ways you can go about decorating garments — embroidery, screen printing, vinyl, etc. How do you decide which one is best for you? Let’s focus on screen printing and vinyl to distinguish which method will fit your business.
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