I drew up a new design for screen printing last week, and it's based on my Grandpa's camera from the 1950's. I have really been loving photography and all things vintage lately, so it was the perfect new design to start playing with in the silkscreen studio. I had a lot of fun printing with my new Permaset screen printing inks, and the first one I tried was their Permaset Aqua Standard Ink in Turquoise. I had never tried their inks before, but I was really happy with the consistency of the ink as well as the brightness of the colors. I had previously been using a blue by another company, and it was super drippy and hard to control on the screen because it had a tendency to run all over the place... This was definitely not the case with my new Permaset ink! It stayed where I wanted it to and made screen printing a lot less messy! Here is a shot of the ink in action:
Here I am pulling a test print onto some scrap paper before printing onto the fine art piece I was working on:
And here is the finished piece with a spray painted background that I'd made previously (the image at the top of the post is a similar one with a color variation):
We also got a chance to play with some of Permaset's Aqua Supercover inks. This is a special type of waterbased ink formulated to print on top of darker colored fabrics without soaking into the fabric and creating a light print that isn't too visible. We loved the consistency of this ink too - so creamy and thick- and it printed on top of the dark shirts perfectly with great visibility! Here is a close up of the ink so you can see the texture of it:
Below is the Supercover ink in action. We were printing my fox drawing onto a few darker t-shirts and pieces of scrap fabric to make patches out of them...
And here is one of the finished shirts:
All in all, we are super happy with the new inks and had a lot of fun screen printing this weekend. I have some new designs in the works, so we are going to reclaim some old screens later this week, burn the new images, and play with the new images soon! I will post some photos of our printing session here. I am thinking of making a screen with my new doe image, which you can see below in my sketchbook. What do you think?
I also have a SPECIAL TREAT for my blog readers this month... Permaset is offering a special discount for How To Make Art readers. Just enter the following coupon code when you check out on their page, and you will get 15% off any of the inks on their site for the entire month of February: howtomakeart_feb
In the interest of full disclosure, I was gifted the inks by Permaset, however all of the opinions expressed here are my own, and I would only recommend products that I truly believe in. I really love these inks and will be slowly switching out my old inks with these new ones. A big thanks to Permaset for letting me try out some of their products!