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    Default Starter wants to know about inks

    This question, more than likely, has been asked about a million times, but I don't feel like looking through old posts, so, here goes:

    I'm building my own printing set up. I have the screens, the chemicals and, hopefully, the balls...all I need are the inks. I need something that's affordable, good quality, easy to work with and minimal clean-up. What would be the best way to go? I'm also looking to do anywhere from 25 to 50 runs, so what's a good amount of ink to purchase? And, since I'm a starter, what are some essential colors to purchase?

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    black....thats all you need. just black.





    oh....and some 80 grit sandpaper for clean up.

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    process cyan magenta yellow and black, plus white.. will mix just about anything you need.

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    Acrylic House Paint (mistints are cheap, and recycle depots give paint away for free).. use floetrol additive, they sell it at homedepot for $7.00... it is used to thin paint for sprayguns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwhitla
    process cyan magenta yellow and black, plus white.. will mix just about anything you need.
    Process inks are transparent are they not? because they mix wet on wet to create a spectrum of colours? that means you can only print on light paper? or am I right off my rocker?

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    i don't know for sure, only from experience.. but.. i found that yep, they are a little transparent, but with a screen with a lower mesh they are super opaque.

    do you really use house paint to silskcreen? i never thought of that. that sounds kickass.

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    For waterbased inks people like TW Graphics 5500 series (expensive but good) and Speedball. (less expensive and also good )

    housepaint works but isnt really archival so for some people that is a factor.

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    By their very nature process inks are transparent. That's how they work.

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    process inks printed with 305s and 255s


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    Andy, that text looks off-register. I thought you were a professional.












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