I've become accustomed to searching GP (and most sites) by Googling like so—
[ "water based" ink site:gigposters.com ]
Using quotes will search for the whole phrase as if it was one of the words. Not necessary in this example but helpful.
Using site: will limit the search to whatever domain follows immediately after. This is the main thing I'm layin' on ya.
Anything in Google's index from the site will show up. It is incredibly handy.
Originally Posted by kylewbaker
I've used aerotex black on thin craft paper before. I can't remember why I did, but it came out pretty nice. I did catalyze it of course. It didn't bleed, but also didn't leave any texture. Also, even though the paper was thin and it was high coverage, it didn't wrinkle the paper like I expected IIRC. I wouldn't recommend this for a regular thing, but it would be a way of getting fluoros and stuff in a pinch if your local supplier stocks all of the colors.
I should mention that it stained the shit out of my screens even though I went at it with a pressure washer right after.
Andy was right about R2O/Matsui taking a bit longer to dry when you do lots of layers, but it's not too bad.
We do a lot of shirts, so we have gallons of R2O/Matsui matte base and a bunch of the pigments; they look nice on paper, and the Ryonet charcoal black in particular is REALLY nice.
Permaset fabric ink also works well on paper. They have a separate line for flatstock called Permaprint, but the quart jars of Permaset are really nice and transparent for paper. Great for overprinting.
EDIT: Stay the fuck away from Matsui opaque inks; they'll never, ever lose their tack.
I've been into both TW and Jacquard for different reasons at different times- they each have their strengths- but one thing that has been awesome lately is mixing my own inks using pure pigments from Guerra. (Kayrock turned me onto them. Thanks Kayrock!)
It's a bit expensive, but if the artist I'm working for is paying for it and demands quality, who cares?
Guerra Paint and Pigment| Suppliers of Artists Pigments, Binders and Materials | Introduction
But he has a store in the East Village here in NYC and can accomodate most small amounts of things there. Their metallic is really awesome.
We just buy the pigment in water-based dispersion and add it directly to either TW brand gloss base OR Guerra also sells a polyurethane.
They sell retardant and a thickener, separately, so you can really adjust the viscosity of the base until you've got optimal tack.
I was trying to talk him into making ink for screenprinters last time I was in there. I don't think he wants to, so until then....
"Art Guerra" is probably the most badass name for an ink supplier I've ever heard.
ditto on what andy said about matsui. It was a nice ink, but overprints won't set on paper without heat setting. A good alternative was to use their pigments (and mixing calculator) with a better base (speedball, tw, etc.).
TW ink is my all time favorite, but it needs some ink management in the mix to manage cost.