For four thousand years after the invention of writing in Iraq, all writing was done by hand, a character at a time. When people needed a copy of a book, they had to pay a scribe to copy it out for them by hand. Of course this made books very expensive, and only the richest people could have them.
The history of Chinese inks can be traced back to the 23rd century BC, with the utilization of natural plant (plant dyes), animal, and mineral inks based on such materials as graphite that were ground with water and applied with ink brushes. Evidence for the earliest Chinese inks, similar to modern inksticks, is around 256 BC in the end of the Warring States period and produced from soot and animal glue. The best inks for drawing or painting on paper or silk are produced from the resin of the pine tree. They must be between 50 and 100 years old. The Chinese inkstick is produced with a fish glue, whereas Japanese glue (膠 “nikawa”) is from cow or stag.
Why not try screen printing and create your own unique presents and stationary!
We have kits that are easy to use, even for kids. They contain everything you need.
Paper screen printing for personal stationary
The Foundation Paper Club Kit is perfect for students and hobbyists. Designed to provide you with the basic screen printing products and consumables for paper printing at a fantastic price. The ink provided in the kit is a PermaPrint waterbased ink, a premium ink ideal for printing onto paper.
Fabric screen printing for unique and personal gifts
The Foundation Fabric Club Kit is perfect for students and hobbyists. Designed to provide you with the basic screen printing products and consumables at a fantastic price. The ink provided in the kit is a Permaset waterbased ink, a premium ink ideal for printing onto fabric.
The Wicked Sale starts today, use discount code ‘XMAS2018’ to get 5% OFF your online order (ends 1st Jan 2019) – Excludes Heat Presses.
Orders will be despatched after the 2nd January when we re-open.
note that the office is shut from the 21st December to 2nd January.
Have a Wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!
Do you need a PVC free screen printing ink?
EKO Oil Base Acrylic. PVC Free Ink Mixing System
EKO mixing inks are plastisol-like PVC-free ink matching system belonging to the EKO series from Rutland. It is a combination of 14 RFU mixing primaries plus and extender base that when mixed together simulates PANTONE® colours quickly and accurately.
- Excellent adhesion
- Intense colours.
- Low crocking colours
- Will not dry in screens.
- Very good supple print with ability to stretch and regain its original shape.
- Passes major brand durability testing including 5 x 60 wash test.
- Passes all requirements for major brand RSL and US government regulations.
- No PVC, no lead, no phthalates, no formaldehyde, no APEO’s
- Easy to mix and print.
Please see our promo video showing us printing a two colour print using the EKO inks.
To maintain the EKO inks credentials do not mix with inks from other ranges and only use EKO additives and modifiers. Use Biodegradable screenwash with this range.