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  • Printing with Plastisol vs. Water Based Ink
    April 2, 2021 Jacelyn Wedman

    Printing with Plastisol vs. Water Based Ink

    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.
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  • young girl standing in front of a poster that shows her science project
    February 24, 2021 Sage Larson

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

    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?
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  • person smearing white plastisol ink on a screen
    February 5, 2021 Sage Larson

    Everything You Need to Know About Printing with Plastisol Ink

    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.
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  • person pushing a squeegee across a screen
    January 8, 2021 Sage Larson

    How to Handle White Plastisol Inks in Cooler Temperatures

    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.
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  • jonathan overmyer in front of a palm print with text saying 420 prints for 60 shirts
    December 23, 2020 Sage Larson

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

    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. 
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  • pulling transfer paper off of print on a shirt
    November 25, 2020 Sage Larson

    How to Make Plastisol Heat Transfers

    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.

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  • glow print that says hot
    November 4, 2020 Sage Larson

    Helpful Tips When Printing Glow Inks

    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. 
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  • skull with candle burning on its head print
    October 7, 2020 Sage Larson

    How to Create a 5 Color Print Using 3 Colors

    There may be a time when a customer requests a multicolor print that requires more colors than your press can handle. Luckily, you have a few tricks you can do to make it work. Screen printing expert Colin Huggins will walk through creating the artwork for the print and how to set it up on press.
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  • Four Ways to Print Black Plastisol Ink on a Black Shirt
    September 9, 2020 Sage Larson

    Four Ways to Print Black Plastisol Ink on a Black Shirt

    Printing black plastisol ink on a black shirt — trendy, right? As with everything in screen printing, there are multiple ways to achieve this goal. From using a puff base to printing with clear base to curing at higher and lower temperatures, printers can offer a variety of effects and looks to their customers. Let's take a look to see how each technique turns out so you can decide what's best for your next print job.
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