As you know, I am an avid silk screener, especially printing on textiles. In the past I have always silk screened dark (blue, brown, black, etc…) inks onto lighter coloured fabrics… but not because I have always liked those combinations but because I have always been intimidated printing light coloured ink (LIKE WHITE) onto dark fabrics (LIKE BLACK). I only use water based inks (for ecological and home based usage) and I have found the water based white inks that I have used didn’t do the trick.
However, all this has changed.
Last year I was in Toronto and went to a local art store. I like to check out different inks while travelling, as Winnipeg has limited brands. I came across Permaset Aqua Supercover in white (here’s the link for Permaset http://www.buypermasetinks.com. I bought a 300ml container of it. Here is is.
So I couldn’t wait to try it out. I was a big apprehensive. I have tried many other water based white textile inks such as Plastex by Lancer, and Speedball. They just don’t cover well or have an undesirable consistency. As you may or may not know, I have taught silk screening workshops, so finding something that works is really important to me.
So I was so pleasantly surprised when I tried Permaset Aqua Supercover. I used white on a black t-shirt. I did two pulls and was using a 110 screen mesh.
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I lifted the screen and this is what I saw.
It looked like a thick plastisol ink, but it wasn’t. I then realized that Permaset was going to take my hobby to the next level. I wore this t-shirt that following weekend while dj’ing.
I heat set it according to the instructions on the container and washed it a few times and there was no fading or cracking. Seriously, I’m in heaven.
I’ve also used the Permaset Aqua Supercover white for my other crafty things such as this…
It’s a journal cover with the white print on vintage fabric. Again, it has opened up a whole new world for me.
I am no longer intimidated with white water-based textile inks on dark fabrics, and I bring it to my classes. I’m also one to share “industry” secrets, and http://www.buypermasetinks.com is one that every silk screener should know about.