Printing and Painting Problems Caused by Static Electricity

In much of the country September ushers in climatic changes. As the autumn air becomes colder, the humidity of the air outdoors decreases.  The drop in humidity can result in an increase of problems related with static electricity. Static problems in print shops are further exacerbated, as we switch from air conditioning to a heating cycle.   Read more »

The Screen Printing Frame

Regardless of whether you are using a sophisticated commercial press or one that you made yourself, it consists of three primary components: the work surface, the squeegee, and the frame. The work surface or bed of the press should be perfectly smooth and flat. Imperfections in the work surface show up as imperfections in the […] Read more »

The Screen Printing Frame

  Regardless of whether you are using a sophisticated commercial press or one that you made yourself, it consists of three primary components: the work surface, the squeegee and the frame.  The work surface or bed of the press should be perfectly smooth and flat. Imperfections in the work surface show up as imperfections in the […] Read more »

Selecting Your Drawing Pencils

  Before putting pencil to paper, you should decide on the best pencils for your style of drawing. Some of the top brands are on the market are Caran D’ache, Derwent, Faber-Castell, Prismacolor and Staedtler. Each brand has its own characteristics, so you need to do a little experimenting to decide which one you prefer […] Read more »

Characteristics of Pigments Compared to Dyes

How Pigments and Dyes Differ What is the difference between pigments and dyes? The easy answer is that dyes are soluble, while pigments are insoluble. So much for easy answers! When we scratch beneath the surface, differences between these two classes of colorants are much more complex. Read more »

Digital Printing on Banners

Advancements in digital print technology and the introduction of top coated fabric have allowed printers to expand their product offerings to include fabric banners. These technological advancements include: the ability of the machinery to feed and process heavier weight materials; improved compatibility of the inks with fabrics; and higher print quality. Read more »

Comparing Heat Transfer Films with Screen Printed Graphics

A high quality polyurethane heat transfer film will outlast a screen printed garment hands down. In fact, if you properly process and care for a polyurethane heat transfer, the applique should last the life of the garment.  We all know what happens to a screen printed shirt after a dozen washes.  Plastisol inks crack. By […] Read more »