Impressions - April 2012 - (Page 63)

Screen Printing Technique talking SHOP How to Achieve Fashion Shirt Treatments, Part 2 A hands-on look at additional dipping and spraying techniques for light-colored garments. By Charlie Taublieb, Contributing Writer s taying competitive in the decorated apparel marketplace means offering your customers something different than what they will find in other shops in your area. One easy way to stay a notch ahead of your competitors is to create fashion looks on T-shirts by applying simple processes with the right supplies. Last month, I showed you the stepby-step process for preparing water-based and discharge inks for innovative techniques such as spraying, rolling and print- ing. This article will cover additional ideas, such as dipping applications for lightcolored garments, with some spraying techniques applied as well. These applications also provide an allover-looking print with the use of minimal equipment instead of a large-format press. Once the inks are prepared, I’ll show these treatments on the shirts that — when finished — can be screen printed, foiled, have rhinestones or studs added, or left as they are. The following photos were taken at the Special Effects Shirt Treatments and Embellishing workshop, held this past January at the Long Beach Imprinted Sportswear Shows (ISS). They show how to dip for light-colored shirts. Attendees in this hands-on workshop created their own distinct garments and learned how the process can be done in a production environment. Additional techniques will be covered in future issues of Impressions. Dipping Formula for Light-Colored Garments Quick Cure Base: 100% Penetrant: 5% to 10% Lubricant: 5% to 10% Kosher Salt: About 10% to 15% before adding water Pigment: Up to 10% based on desired strength Water: 800% Mix well before using. *All formulas are based on weight; Rutland products were used for this project. STEP 1. These are the basic products needed for water-based and discharge printing, dipping, spraying and rolling. The basic products remain the same as for the spraying technique I covered in last month’s article. The additional items needed are disposable gloves, a five-gallon bucket, paint rollers and trays, large buckets, drop cloths, hangers, a table and a rack for hanging wet garments. April/May 2012 | Impressions 63

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Impressions - April 2012

Impressions - April 2012
Making Economic Sense of Sustainability
From the Show Director
ISS Conferences
Product Gallery
Spotlight on Caps
Outfitting the Active Customer
Future Leaders
Primed for Print/Cut Media
Financing Your Start-Up Decorated Apparel Business
Making Economic Sense of Sustainability
Shop Spotlight
Embroidery Technique
Screen Printing Graphics & Design
Screen Printing Technique
Online Directory
Digital Decorating
Business to Business
Ad Index

Impressions - April 2012