May '20

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 0 2 0 M A Y P R I N T W E A R 1 5 will remain stable while the inks can cure. Additionally, a blocker ink, containing carbon can be used to absorb some of the bleed on stubborn fabrics. IN ACTION For this project, 100% polyester performance fabric was chosen for those very challenges. We were to create, separate, and print an im- age on dark colors. The client wanted a bold and brightly colored design for a beach or surf series, so a very 80s vintage pink flamingo was the order of the day. We utilized flat colors with a few tones and darker colors to make shadows, but, overall, the design was pretty straight forward in its construction. Originally, we simply ran a solid black carbon blocker with a complete white printer and the colors on top of that with multiple flashes. All this to be sure we didn't get any bleed and the ink colors remained bright. Of course, we were under deadline pressure as well, and to be quite honest, we kinda missed on it. The inks were too heavy, and the overall final image was just ok. Good enough is just not good enough for Team Graphic Elephants, so it was back to the drawing board where we would rework the original art and seps. The sun had a soft transition with both gold and pink printing on top of the white ink. Instead of using the black blocker plate we chose to create a morph of both that and the white base into one plate. LOW CURE SCREEN PRINTING INK SERIES CURES AT 230 DEGREES Bleed-resistant inks perfect for activewear. Great stretchability with a flat, smooth finish.

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