It is the standard type of ink used for screen printing in which we can transform full color images into beautiful garment prints. The ink can be applied through high mesh screens for a very soft hand feel or it can be used through low mesh screens for heavier coverage and hand feel. Plastisol ink can also be used in conjunction with several other of our specialty techniques including but not limited torhinestones, shapes, sizes and colors, high density ink, foil, glitter, cracked ink, flocking, and so on.
This technique eliminates the natural fiber from the printed area, leaving the synthetic threads behind to creating the image on the garment. After printing the fabric is washed, the natural fibers that have been touched by the ink disappear – leaving the synthetic threads. The more natural fibers in the fabric the more shear the image area will be. Colors of the actual fabric threads play a role in the results, if the threads of the natural fiber and the synthetic fibers are two different colors, for example, if the fabric is 40% polyester threads (red) and 60% cotton threads (black), then the final imagine area will appear red.
This method creates an incredibly soft printed design on any color fabric. The ink bleaches away the fabric’s dye to create the printed design; verses laying the ink on the top of the fabric, as is the process with plastisol inks. This gives the final garment a one of a kind appeal. There are many formulas can also be used to achieve the color of fabric dye, therefore the color remaining after printing discharge inks may vary. That is especially true when we have fun coming up with even more interesting ways to utilize discharge inks such as with spray discharge, where we spray water on the wet ink before it is cured making each print unique.
This printing technique can be added to a garment design by a transfer. It is the flattest of the options because it is applied to the garment via a heat seal press. After the flock is applied, the garment is then put through a vacuum process; removing all fibers except for those that adhered to the printed adhesive. The beauty of the loose flock fiber technique is the rich velvety texture adding an interesting layer of dimension to any design.
Printing with High-Density Ink
This method allows for a wide range of versatility. Most often high-density inks are used to create added texture and dimension to design. With added creativity high-density inks can provide faux alternatives to techniques such as appliqué, large area embroidery and can even mimic a specific fabric texture. Limitless looks can be achieved using only high-density inks or when paired with other screen printing techniques.
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