Silk screen printing is a simple process that’s been used to print apparel over 100 years. Basically, it is a printing process of using a mesh-based stencil to apply ink onto a substrate, whether it be t-shirts, posters, stickers, vinyl, wood, or other material. Specifically the printing technique that uses an ink-blocking stencil on a mesh screen to receive a desired image. The stencil is actually open areas of mesh where emulsion has been applied to close off most portions. A squeegee is moved across the silk screen stencil, pushing ink through the mesh openings to the substrate (garment) below. One color is screen printed at a time, so several screens can be used to produce a multi - color design.
We primarily utilize plastisol screen printing ink, as do most silk screen printing shops in North America. It is made of PVC (plastic) that adheres to the fibers in your t-shirt. This type of ink provides an opaque graphics and durable image and works for many type of apparel fabrics like cotton and polyester. We also use water based inks and discharge ink, though often an additional fee is charged. We also can offer other specialty inks and imprint methods like metallic, glitter, neon print, glow-in-the-dark, and puff-print.