Why Can’t I Hold Detail in My Screenprints?

This question comes up often with screenprinters: why can we not hold detail? The answer is an idea  similar to the art department concept of problems with source artwork where we say “garbage in, garbage out.” We are now are transferring that idea to print production.  Basically, if you have a crappy stencil you have no chance of achieving high detail in print. Some basic answers on
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How to be a Better Printer: Spend a Little $ Wisely

Question: Our printing doesn’t seem to be getting better, what are the best ways to go about improving our printing abilities?   Answer: My two cents? Stop being penny wise and pound foolish. Saving twenty dollars and buying a gallon of inexpensive but inferior emulsion is a terrible idea. Inferior emulsions don’t have the resolution of most of the more expensive emulsions because they don’t
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KIWO Factory Tour: The Ink Kitchen Goes to Deutschland

The Ink Kitchen visited the KIWO in Wiesloch, Germany. Wiesloch  is a nice little town just outside of Heidelberg, probably the most beautiful city in Germany. I’m going to just say a few words about the company and then let the photos do most of  the talking. I have worked with KIWO for over 20 years and the reasons I started working with them are, if anything, stronger
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Don’t Be a Cheap Bastard

Stop being penny wise and pound foolish. Saving twenty dollars and buying a gallon of inexpensive but inferior emulsion is a terrible idea. Inferior emulsions don’t have the resolution of most of the more expensive emulsions because they don’t have the solids content. Without the resolution you will you lose detail in your printing.   As for the cost, consider that with inferior emulsions you
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Reflections at the End of the Trade Show Season – Part 1

A few refections as the busy trade show season is mostly over. I think the biggest trends of the past ten years have been digital printing and environmental concerns. Developments in the environmental realm have slowed but still do continue and will not stop, we have to find increasingly safe and sustainable ways to do our work . Digital printing continues to innovate and grow.
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Tea Time?

An emulsion bucket that is a bit like a teapot? Hey, I sometimes like the little innovations better than the big ones. You can pour the emulsion better–more smoothly, with less mess, and you can also do it with only one hand. Having the bucket close to the scoop coater and pouring it slowly and smoothly will make less bubbles and thereby have it settle
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Going Tapeless!

When we switched to custom-made rigid frames last year one of our goals was to go tapeless.  The cost of taping screens, in terms of both labor and material, is huge.  We were spending over $5000 annually on tape alone and who knows how much on labor.  A very large shop may spend many times that amount.  And that’s not to mention the obvious environmental
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