Best Practices to Ensure Proper Ink Curing with 4 Curing Methods  | Screenprinting.com

Best Practices to Ensure Proper Ink Curing with 4 Curing Methods

Sage Larson
Curing your prints is one of the last steps of the screen printing process, but it is one of the most important steps. Ink needs to be cured properly so it sets into the garment. If the ink does not cure fully, it will crack, fall apart, and not last for long. Printers use either heat guns, heat pressesflash dryers, or conveyor dryers to cure inks. Let's take a look at how each curing device works.
How to Handle Plastisol Ink in Cool Temperatures  | Screenprinting.com

How to Handle Plastisol Ink in Cool Temperatures

Sage Larson
Are you dreaming about warm summer days when your ink flows oh so smoothly? Winter and its cooler temperatures sure make it difficult for a screen printer, especially with white plastisol inks. The ink feels thick, stringy, and stiff. It requires more effort to lay down a good ink deposit. Does it have to be this hard? Nope. Ink and chemistry guru Colin Huggins shares his secrets to making white plastisol ink easier to handle during the cooler months. 
Best Practices for Setting Up Shop in Your Garage  | Screenprinting.com

The Best Way to Set up a Screen Print Shop in a Garage

Sage Larson

Tons of print shops start off in basements, spare rooms, and garages. Think about it, they're already investing a good chunk of cash into purchasing the equipment and supplies, why not set up shop in a space they have already paid for? 

Print expert Darryl Sapp shares his past experiences of working in a garage shop, offering best practices to make the most efficient workflow in the space you have. 

The Basics of Mixing Emulsion and Coating a Screen  | Screenprinting.com

The Basics of Mixing Emulsion and Coating a Screen

Jacelyn Wedman
Not all emulsions respond the same when coating screens: some emulsions require adjustments in pressure and speed, depending on the emulsion thickness and the type of mesh you're working with on your screen. The end result should give a nice glisten that makes a great stencil for your next screen printing job. Darkroom expert Colin Huggins is on the case.
Why Every Screen Printer Needs a Heat Press in their Shop  | Screenprinting.com

Why Every Screen Printer Needs a Heat Press in their Shop

Jacelyn Wedman

A heat press is a great tool and has tons of uses. Many screen printers start by heat pressing transfers onto t-shirts, tote bags, or other garments. Heat presses can be used to cure garments, and are great for printing at live events. Let’s talk about all the benefits of having a heat press, and what you’ll need to be successful.

 

How to Start Screen Printing T-Shirts at Home  | Screenprinting.com

How to Start Screen Printing T-Shirts at Home

Jacelyn Wedman
Screen printing is a unique industry. Printers take a blank shirt and turn it into a work of art. You can make anything out of the trade, whether that’s a hobby or a full-time gig. Stepping into screen printing can be a little intimidating. There’s so much to learn, and it’s a guarantee that you’ll make mistakes along the way. So where do you start? Let’s walk through what you’ll need to start screen printing and the best ways to learn the craft.
How to Get the Perfect Pocket or Left Chest Print Placement on Any Press  | Screenprinting.com

How to Get the Perfect Pocket or Left Chest Print Placement on Any Press

Jacelyn Wedman

Placing pocket prints or left chest prints perfectly on a shirt can be tough. You don't want the print to end up in the armpit or on the neckline of the shirt. With a little bit of planning and know-how, this doesn’t have to be stressful. Here’s how to get the perfect left chest placement on press every time.

3 Easy Steps To Screen Print On Wood  | Screenprinting.com

3 Easy Steps To Screen Print On Wood

Jacelyn Wedman

Screen printing doesn’t have to just be about printing t-shirts. You can print on just about anything with the right tools and process. One unique material to print on is wood. It’s a fun process that can make you stand out from the pack as a screen printer. Want to know how to do it? Here’s a step-by-step guide to screen printing on wood.

How to Create Your Own Plastisol Heat Transfers  | Screenprinting.com

How to Create Your Own Plastisol Heat Transfers

Sage Larson

Screen printing heat transfers can seem daunting but in reality, it’s fairly simple. If made properly, plastisol heat transfers can last almost as long as a screen prints and can be much easier to apply in certain scenarios like decorating hats, neck labels, names for sport apparel, and more. 

Let's walk through the basic components and process of screen printing your own heat transfers.

The Tools Needed for Oversized Prints  | Screenprinting.com

The Tools Needed for Oversized Prints

Sage Larson

Screen printing is a creative industry, where the only limit is your imagination. Well, not the only thing: sometimes it’s the equipment. Have you ever wanted to print a design on the entire back of a t-shirt, but didn’t have the right equipment or supplies to pull it off? Oversized prints are bold and draw attention no matter what you print. But in order to do it right, you need the right tools. Let’s take a look at what oversized prints are and how to print them properly.

A How to for Screen Printing T-Shirts  | Screenprinting.com

A Guide to Screen Printing T-Shirts

Sage Larson

Each printer has their own unique story of why they got into screen printing. Some wanted to start their own clothing line. Others found it as a way to make a living. No matter what boat you're in, screen printing can be challenging. Check out this easy guide to learn the proper steps for screen printing t-shirts.  

How to Screen Print Your Own Business Cards  | Screenprinting.com

How to Screen Print Your Own Business Cards

Jacelyn Wedman
Screen printing isn’t just about printing T-shirts. You can print so many different things: tote bagspostersheat transfersboxes, and more. One creative way to showcase your screen printing skills and add a personal touch to your brand is by screen printing your own business cards. Think of it as a small sales pitch. Giving out hand-printed business cards is a great way to show the customer what you can do and show off your standard of quality. In the video, print expert Josh Wells shows three easy steps to screen print your own business cards.