Fastex textile ink screen printing

Textile fabric ink and screen printing:
Textile Printing Ink

LEVEL: Primary to Artist.
Colourful fabric painting with textile fabric inks.  There are two popular ways to paint fabrics. One is ready made fabric ink and other is to use a medium with an acrylic paint.

Textile fabric printing ink:
This is an ink that can be heat-set to a fabric to make it permanent, completely washable and dry cleanable. This product is made exclusively for fabric and offers real lasting quality once heat-set.  Brands may differ.

Paints with a Textile Medium added.
These are acrylic paints that have a medium mixed with the paint to make it suitable for fabric. This can work reasonably well but they are still a paint that has been redirected to work on fabrics. 

The Good from the Bad.
A good printing ink once applied should not only look good with strong solid colours but you should not be able to feel it on the fabric no matter how many layers you have printed.   

There are three main ways to use a textile fabric ink.  We are just looking at one today…

1. By brush
2. Simple stencil.
3. Screen print to a high definition.   

The golden rule is paint thinly. Two thin coats are better that one thick coating. Plus you must heat-set by ironing the fabric once it is completely dry

printing screen
Wooden Printing Screen

Screen Printing with Textile Ink
Screen Printing gives strong sharp and clean colours.  It allows the artist to have complete control of the finished artwork.

1.       Place the fabric under the screen.

2.       Put a small amount of ink above the design inside the screen.

Adding black printing ink

3.       Use a squeegee to drag the ink evenly across the design inside the screen.

Use squeegee to drag the ink evenly

4.       Gently lift the screen up and allow the fabric to dry.
Finished design in high definition NB: note the TM 
5.       Once dry iron the fabric at a good hot setting.

- Less is more.  Try not to paint too thick.
- You may need to clean between colours but more than often you can do a run of fabric prints this way.
- Make sure you dry completely before you iron.  

Share and enjoy & have fun.
Tony Parker

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  1. Thanks we have a screen at school. I now know what to do with....

  2. This is really a great search in my diary.I really need some idea about screen printing.Good work.

  3. Brilliant thank. Jan

  4. Nice blog ! Really would like to say thanks to all of you guys. Sharing Knowledgeable information here
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