I'm fairly new to screenprinting, and was wondering about the most economic approach to buying paper. I've pulled ink before, but on super small runs. I usually bought paper at the local art store, which seems a little pricy.
Where is a good (cheap!) place to buy paper for screen printing, either online or in the Philly area?
The price always depends on what you are using it for. If you are buying archival quality stuff, you are always going to pay more. I currently have a free source of paper for my posters. I know the people down in the mail room at work, and they hook me up with the 12x18 sheets that are in the boxes our catalogs come in (which they were tossing in the recycle bin). Sure it has a huge Hemlock logo on the back, but it's just the right thickness and the front prints up really nice. Plus, a lot of people don't mind the back cause I'm recycling/reusing the paper.
-Kind of related, If you are looking to do house paint, see if your city has a hazmat/recycling center. Seattle does and I get all sorts of watebased house paint for free.
P.S. All free things do come to and end. I was told that the company that prints our catalogs is switching to using misprints to pack their jobs, so when the new catalogs come in Ima screwwwed.
there may be some weird charges but no minimum if you order from xpedx directly. for instance some parent sized sheets i priced come packed 350 sheets in a carton. but if you buy less than one carton there is a 10$ flat fee.