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« on: December 23, 2004 02:51:39 PM »

In the Stenciling forum someone said that screenprinting ink won't crack like acrylic paints do.  What are the names of some good screenprinting inks, and where do you get them?  How much do they normally cost?

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« Reply #1 on: December 25, 2004 03:42:45 PM »

I've been getting Speedball Water-based Textile inks from my local Dick Blick store, also available through their website. www.dickblick.com

runs about $13-18 per quart, depending on color.

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« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2004 08:23:40 AM »

i get my inks from standard screen supply, but i've been looking at getting the Speedball Starter Kit that has like 5 or 6 colors (red, yellow, blue, green, black, white) for i think $18.

« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2005 08:36:22 PM »

Speedball.  Dick Blick Art Supply....online pricing/catalog at their website.
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2005 12:09:34 AM »

Also......only use water base for prints that wont be washed!!!!! You need the oil base
for tee's and stuff.
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2005 06:22:39 PM »

ehhh, this isn't true. there are many water-based textile screenprinting inks out there (dickblick.com has several to choose from..I happen to use some I order from Dharma and get from a local supplier as well). professional t-shirt companies use plastisol inks, but they require a heat-set method that is very hard to achieve without an expensive heat-dryer, water-based inks can be cured by ironing them once they are dry (or adding a curing agent which allows them to air-cure).

Also......only use water base for prints that wont be washed!!!!! You need the oil base
for tee's and stuff.

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« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2005 01:02:54 PM »

After reading many posts, I'm more confused than before.  I used the Speedball textile inks, cured it with an iron and then 30 min in the dryer,  but it still faded a lot.  Plastisol inks sound great, but harder to clean and harder to set.  I'm wondering if anyone out there has figured out how to keep the image looking good after you wash it.
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