Friday Favorites: True Opaque White

As a screenprinter, one of the trickiest things to do is print white ink on a dark fabric. Most regular white screenprinting inks are semi-transparent, which is fine for mixing with other colors and printing on lighter backgrounds. But for direct coverage on something like a black tee, a true opaque white ink is necessary. Oddly, this is a tad hard to find. The only fabric inks available at my local art supply store are Speedball brand. Speedball makes a wide variety of colors, so for the most part I have no complaints with this. They even make a series of opaque inks, but they are all metallic. What’s a girl to do when she wants to print solid light colors on dark fabrics without them being all sparkly metallic?

She goes to the Google, of course. And finds this:

Versatex SUPER Opaque White. If anything’s going to work, it’ll be this, I thought. So I ordered some, and tried it out this week. I went for the ultimate level of difficulty, to give it a true test – namely, plain white ink on the darkest of tees (black). And the very first print turned out awesome:

So, this is my go-to opaque white from now on. I’ll have to see how it does mixed with other colors, but so far I’m impressed. Bonus: it’s also for use on paper (Speedball has separate inks for fabric and paper), so whenever I get back around to printing on all those handmade paper sheets, it’ll come in handy there too. Yay all around!

In other screenprinting news: I’ve haven’t had a chance to give the photo emulsion method another try with the elephant screen yet. It’s been super rainy and cloudy all week, and the process needs a good amount of direct sunlight for exposure & drying. On the upside, since the new screen is on hold I’ve been printing a bunch with existing screens, so there will be a bunch of new things in the shop soon. You know, as soon as it’s nice enough outside to take product photos. *sigh* I know we need the rain and all, but it’s messing with my plans! Hopefully it clears up this weekend and I can get all of that taken care of.

Speaking of weekends (yay!), I’ve got a friend’s birthday brunch, a clothes swap, and a karaoke outing all in the works. And all on the same day (tomorrow). Yikes! But it should all be fun. I’ll just be a blob of not-wanting-to-do-anything on Sunday, haha.

What’ve you guys got planned this weekend?

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What I Wore: Something Different

Yesterday was date night once again (went to a fun Italian place called ASTI – quite good), and when putting together outfit ideas for the evening I decided to do something a little different. I’ve been mulling over Audrey’s tips for re-imagining your clothes, and after several weird layering attempts and switching out of belts, the below is what I came up with. I’ve been looking for ages for a way to wear the yellow slip that is the base of this, as well as the cardigan (which has a really fun flounce in back, though I didn’t get a […]

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The Phoenix Design (for real this time)

Long-time readers may remember me mentioning the new phoenix design I’d come up with back in November, which I then promptly became unsatisfied with and put on a back burner. I tinkered with it off and on the past few months, never quite getting it to where I wanted. But, after this past weekend, I am happy to announce that I have FINALLY gotten the new phoenix design squared away. For real this time. No take-backs.   Now all that remains is for me to make the screen, and you’ll be seeing this design hit the shop. 🙂

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Thought for Thursday: Split Personalities?

via I’m not sure if many of you know this, but Dragonflight Dreams is actually the 3rd blog I own (and the @DragonflightGal account is my 3rd twitter account, correspondingly). I have a LOT of different interests in life, and they don’t always blend or overlap neatly. Nor are the prospective audiences for each the same. This has led to a kind of division regarding where I talk about what. Here’s the breakdown: My Professional Site & Professional Twitter: This is where I run my freelance graphic design business from. Granted, it is by far the most neglected of the […]

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New design is a go! Myst

First attempt at printing with this screen came out off-center and patchy. Second attempt went much better – measured to center and practically pounded the ink through. Result: perfectly centered and solid. Should hit the store tomorrow or Wednesday. Yay! UPDATE: New Myst-inspired design is up in the shop as of July 26! Check it out: Etsy Shop.

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