Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Update

Since the recent outbreak of Coronavirus virus we have put in place preventative measures to help ensure we continue to remain open. The safety of our customers and staff is absolutely paramount at this time.  Please note that we are open for business and remain operational. Ensuring that we adhere to government and health regulations. We will continue to process orders and deliver goods.

If you have any queries please either call your representative or phone the office on 01614426555 / email sales@inkandsolvents.co.uk.

Stay Safe, Keep Indoors and Keep Washing your Hands!

Tips for great Film Positives

A decent film positive is an essential part of achieving a great stencil as part of the exposure process.  A simple test is to hold your film positives up to the light … if the light can be seen through the artwork then the positive is not dark enough – we do not want the light getting through the artwork when exposing.

So some tips…

Double up on your film – print out 2 copies then cut the corners off one of the films, line them up and stick together with invisible tape. Make sure that the film positive is nice and tight against the screen when exposing especially if your exposure unit does not have a vacuum.

Use decent film positive paper, inkjet film is coated to ensure that ink completely adheres to the paper which in turn makes the artwork darker.

Get yourself an Epson – they seem to be the best at putting down more black than many other brands. The Epson 1500W is rather good – use the blacquer ink system which is designed purely for making film positives – it’s very cost effective and does the job.

Epson

If you are using a laser printer then buy an Epson 1500W (sorry showing a bit of a personal preference there) but seriously if you are using a laser then you can use a toner density spray which makes the artwork darker. The old technique was to paint oil (vegetable most popular or white spirit) over the artwork – but rather unpleasant!

Toner Density

Wicked Printing Stuff choose Unico Ecological Discharge Ink Range

Unico Discharge D inks, designed for printing on to dark cotton fabrics. Discharge inks They give a very soft feel as the print blends in with the fabric, get some great effects. The ink removes the dye of the cotton fibre during the curing process with the help of an activator and replaces it with the colour from the ink resulting in a very soft feel, fantastic for dark coloured garments.Take a look at our blog article which helps explain how discharge inks work https://wickedprintingstuff.wordpress.com/tag/discharge-inks/The ink has been developed to meet the most recent ecological requirements.When printing with Discharge Inks always ensure that your studio / workshop is adequately ventilated. Please note colour images are indicative only and not for colour matching.

via Unico Ecological Discharge Ink Range.

School Holiday Activities

Some ideas for home schooling. Originally designed with school holidays in mind but they could be adapted.

Silk-screen printing may sound exotic, but trust us: it’s inexpensive and kid-friendly, thanks to this technique. Here’s how to make T-shirts, totes, napkins, and more.

via Easy Screen Printing.

Want something to do with the kids this summer?

Screen Printing kidWe sell 2 kits that are ideal for use with children. They are listed here:

The Foundation So Easy Kit

The Wicked Printing Stuff Foundation So Easy Screen Printing Kit is ideal for the beginner looking to produce simple designs without the need to expose screens or use lots of chemicals. The kit includes the screen printing basics, perfect for those one off designs.

No chemicals required, so ideal for home use and with children friendly inks it is a perfect way to have some creative fun with the little ones. To make sure the print doesn’t wash away you can use an iron to cure the ink. There are full instructions provided.

The Foundation UU Kit

The Wicked Printing Stuff Foundation UU Kit is ideal for people wanting to produce simple designs without the need to expose screens or use lots of chemicals. The kit provides more stability when printing as it comes with a UU clamp which can be used with any standard table. Ideal for screen printing workshops. The kit includes the screen printing basics, perfect for those one off designs.

No chemicals required, so ideal for home or school use and with children friendly inks it is a perfect way to have some creative fun with children. To make sure the print doesn’t wash away you can use an iron to cure the ink. Again there are full instructions provided.

So have fun this summer holiday with screen printing for kids/