I'm making my first steps, using solvent based inks: they should be non toxic but the stink makes the room a nightmare and the solvent used to clean the screens is definitely toxic: is there any more environment-friendly (and less stinky) way to print on paper? thanks!!!
That's what was on my mind.. but I live in Italy and all the "pros" I've asked told me water based inks were not good... on the other hand here I've never saw "acrilic" water based inks so maybe they are not available here: can you suggest me some brands and where to buy them online in europe?
d all the "pros" I've asked told me water based inks were not good...
As a pro I feel comfortable saying your pros don't know what they are talking about. The biggest problem is your access to good WB inks. Here we have many companies. PM Fabio as he is Italian and has done this research I believe.
We use TW Graphics water base ink and love the quality. For paper printing this is great but make sure to back flood and get the slow retarder base they sale. Speedball is also a okay water base to work with but the quality is just not on the same page compared to TW ink. Hope this is a helpful start. Just remember that water base inks tend to dry fast and need a little more love when printing. We have a spray bottle full of water during printing in order to keep the ink wet. We also wet our screen before printing in order to make the emulsion moist for the water base ink. Clean up is also easy. We just use a water based ink degrader called enivorsol.