fn-ink mixing white and blue ink containers next to a person on their computer looking up a color on the fn-ink mixing software

What's the Difference Between a Mixing White and Regular White Ink?

Jacelyn Wedman
Is it really necessary to have a mixing white? What’s the difference between a mixing white ink and regular white plastisol ink? Can you use a regular white to mix inks? Print expert Colin Huggins talks about the differences and why printers want a mixing white in their ink arsenal.
Why Salt & Pine Co. Prefers to Print with Plastisol Ink rather than Water-Based

Why Salt & Pine Co. Prefers to Print with Plastisol Ink rather than Water-Based

Jacelyn Wedman
A handful of screen printers start out using water-based ink. For some hobbyists and DIY printers, it’s a more forgiving ink to learn the ropes with (for some, others find plastisol easier). If you make a mistake, you can wash it out. But water-based ink does have its drawbacks if you don’t have the proper tools. Sometimes, making the switch to plastisol ink is worth it. Amanda Dunigan, creator of Salt & Pine Co., shares her experience when she switched from water-based to plastisol ink. 
pink, blue, yellow, and red ink in a container

Unlock Any Color with the FN-INK™ Plastisol Ink Mixing System

Sage Larson

Do you have FN-INK™ on your shelves? If you do, you’re looking at an ink mixing system. 

That’s right. The classic line of FN-INK™ now doubles as a mixing system. 

What is an Ink Mixing System?

What is an Ink Mixing System?

Jacelyn Wedman
If you’re just starting out screen printing, learning the ins and outs of the industry can be overwhelming. Sometimes it’s good to take a step back and cover the fundamentals. Print expert Colin Huggins talks us through a crucial aspect of screen printing: mixing ink colors with a mixing system. 
Printing with Plastisol vs. Water Based Ink

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.
young girl standing in front of a poster that shows her science project

Research Suggests that FN-INK™ is the Most Opaque Plastisol Ink

Sage Larson
When 12-year-old Lucy Wisnasky was assigned to do a science project, she knew she wanted to do an experiment related to screen printing. Her parents own Shirts Galore & More, a print shop where Lucy has uncovered her passion for screen printing. Why not perform an experiment that's interesting to her and potentially improve an aspect of their business?
person smearing white plastisol ink on a screen

Everything You Need to Know About Printing with Plastisol Ink

Sage Larson
New screen printers should start printing with plastisol ink. It's more forgiving than water-based ink and it's much easier to achieve proper cure. Even though printing plastisol is more straightforward, there are many techniques to print the ink for various processes. We've created a collection of videos and blogs that explain how to print with plastisol ink in different situations.
person pushing a squeegee across a screen

How to Handle White Plastisol Inks in Cooler Temperatures

Sage Larson
Dreaming about warm summer days when your ink flows oh so smoothly? Winter and its cooler temperatures sure makes 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.
jonathan overmyer in front of a palm print with text saying 420 prints for 60 shirts

The Easiest Way to Make a Print Pop on a White Shirt

Sage Larson
Golden Press Studio turns up the heat with a multicolor, Miami Vice-themed print for a tattoo shop. Needing to print a two-color pocket, four-color back, and one-color sleeve, the shop takes on the challenge to make this bodacious print. Watch the team burn the screens, register, print, and cure to make a vibrant, vibin' print. All done with standard FN-INK™ colors. 
pulling transfer paper off of print on a shirt

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.

shirt on press in a shop

A Checklist for Equipment and Supplies Needed to Start Up a Screen Print Shop

Sage Larson
Ready to start screen printing? It's a big jump, but it's so worth it. To build your shop, you will need to obtain some equipment and supplies. Our Sales and Success Team put together a handy check list of everything you should consider investing in your future shop.
glow print that says hot

Helpful Tips When Printing Glow Inks

Sage Larson
Did you know that the intensity of the glow is tied to the brightness of the color behind it? Screen printing aficionado Ronald Peters demonstrates how the ink color will affect the results of the glow.