How to Choose the Right Printing Press for your Shop  | Screenprinting.com

How to Choose the Right Screen Printing Machine for your Shop

Jacelyn Wedman
Finding the perfect screen printing press can be overwhelming. With all of the information out there, you can easily get turned around and confused just by the sheer number of options. Luckily, many printers have gone through this exact process before. Here are the top three factors to keep in mind when choosing a screen printing machine of your own.
How Pigskins & Pigtails uses Screen Printing to Support Local Businesses  | Screenprinting.com

How Pigskins & Pigtails uses Screen Printing to Support Local Businesses

Jacelyn Wedman
Supporting local businesses has never been more important. The mom-and-pop shops are what keep our communities alive. There are plenty of ways to support local businesses: buying from them, following them on social media, and promoting them. Screen printers have a unique opportunity to support these small businesses with their own creativity. That’s exactly what Jennifer Sanderson of Pigskins & Pigtails did. She created tote bags for a local event to show her support and encourage others to support locally-owned businesses. 
How to Prep Plastisol Ink for Screen Printing  | Screenprinting.com

How to Prep Plastisol Ink for Screen Printing

Jacelyn Wedman
When you buy a bucket of plastisol ink, it might have been sitting on a shelf for a bit before it got to your shop. You might notice that your ink has separated a little bit. Even ready-to-use inks can separate over time. Let’s talk about why this happens and what you can do to prep your ink before you head to the press.
Top 3 Tips for Printers Starting a Screen Print Shop  | Screenprinting.com

Top 3 Tips for Printers Starting a Screen Print Shop

Jacelyn Wedman
You’ve decided to jump into screen printing. Starting anything new can be intimidating. Wouldn’t it be nice to have some advice from seasoned printers to give you a leg up? Look no further. In this blog, five print shops share their top three tips for printers starting a screen print shop.
How Cutting Out the Middleman Led to Aerogant Printing Company  | Screenprinting.com

How Cutting Out the Middleman Led to Aerogant Printing Company

Jacelyn Wedman
Every screen printer starts his or her journey differently. Some start out of a need to make an income, others use screen printing as a hobby. Jerome Haygood, owner of Aerogant Printing Company in Columbus, Ohio, started his screen printing shop in order to cut out the middleman. While he began printing solely for his streetwear brand, his business exploded when he expanded his services to print for clients.
Do DIY Printers Need a Flash Dryer? Salt & Pine Co. Shares Her Experience  | Screenprinting.com

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

Jacelyn Wedman
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.
Printing with Plastisol vs. Water Based Ink  | Screenprinting.com

Printing with Plastisol vs. Water Based Ink

Jacelyn Wedman
Screen printers debate which is better: plastisol or water-based ink. Some printers start out with plastisol ink, while others opt to jump right into water-based printing. But how are they different? Why would you use one over the other? Ink master Colin Huggins lays out the differences and nuances to printing each type of ink. You’ll be able to decide which ink is best for your shop.
The Race Starts Here With an Equipment Only Package  | Screenprinting.com

The Race Starts Here With an Equipment Only Package

Jacelyn Wedman
Sometimes it’s best to start with the basics. If you like the freedom of choosing your own supplies but don’t want the hassle of picking big-ticket items, or you’re not sure what to buy for your shop, check out the equipment only packages. In just a couple of clicks, you’ll be ready to go. Whether you’re just starting out or looking to upgrade, do it with the right equipment. 
Jumpstart Your Shop with a Riley Hopkins Semi-Pro Screen Printing Kit  | Screenprinting.com

Jumpstart Your Shop with a Riley Hopkins Semi-Pro Screen Printing Kit

Jacelyn Wedman
Have you been dreaming about getting into screen printing? Well, there is no time like the present to turn your aspirations into reality. In order to start cranking out those shirts, you need some good equipment under your belt. For aspiring screen printers with big dreams, check out one of the Semi-Pro kits. With three different kits to choose from, you’ll find the perfect setup for your needs. Let’s look into the kits so you can decide and get to printing shirts in no time.
The Difference Between Wood and Aluminum Platens  | Screenprinting.com

The Difference Between Wood and Aluminum Platens

Jacelyn Wedman

One of the most overlooked variables for new screen printers is the type platen you're using to print on. Many times, the standard wood sixteen-inch platen does the trick. Depending on your needs as a printer, you might consider upgrading to aluminum or honeycomb platens. Printing guru Colin Huggins hashes out the differences between types of platens.


Tips for Screen Printing Over Buttons and Zippers  | Screenprinting.com

Tips for Screen Printing Over Buttons and Zippers

Sage Larson
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.
How to Make Plastisol Heat Transfers  | Screenprinting.com

How to Make 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.