Big Party Tomorrow, You are Invited

You can check out a state of the art screenprinting shop tomorrow in Sacramento, my buddy Tom Davenport’s shop is pretty awesome. You can see a video of it here, but actually it is more impressive in real life. In person will be best, but we’ll also have photos and videos the next few days, look for them on this site but also via Facebook
Continue reading…

Fun? We have your damn fun. Lucky 13 Bash coming at you.

In a post on some forum on the internet this week somebody was saying that our industry, in particular our trade shows, are not fun. Fair enough.  Sometimes these things have been boring. We at the Ink Kitchen have been working the past few years to shake it up. I think we fell from lofty heights in the heyday of the business where Newman Roller
Continue reading…

Misprint Monday: Wishful Thinking about Screens

Having talked shop with quite a few people at ISS Long Beach I have detected quite a bit of wishful thinking going on out there about screens. With some shops there seems to be a bit of a move away from Newman Roller Frames and in my opinion most of that thinking is not thorough thinking. You can’t get rid of your retensionable screens and
Continue reading…

Why No Detail? Part 2. Up with Step Wedge Tests! Down with White Mesh!

Last week we ran a big Ink Kitchen list of reasons why you might not hold detail in your prints. My pals at Saati had a little more feedback. It is their usual type of feedback, helpful and practical. “First, make sure to run an exposure (cure) test and at least get into the range of optimum exposure.  The 21-step (Stouffer step wedge) guide we
Continue reading…

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
Continue reading…

Squeegees: A Few Thoughts on One of the Most Essential Things in Your Shop

A few thoughts on Squeegees: Without good squeegee blades you cannot print well. They are absolutely essential. Don’t let them soak in anything, clean them you lazy…  If you soak them they swell up and are not the same durometer any longer. Change them often. We turn them around then chuck them. I now believe after visiting Andy Anderson’s shop that you can sharpen them,
Continue reading…

Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! April 22nd has been the annual day since some folks started it in 1970. After witnessing the terrible Santa Barbara oil spill Senator Gaylord Nelson announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” to the national media. He persuaded Pete McCloskey, a conservation-minded Republican Congressman, to serve as his co-chair; and recruited Denis Hayes from Harvard as national coordinator. Hayes built a
Continue reading…

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
Continue reading…

SGIA Expo Atlanta 2015 – LED, Textured Digital Prints, and Cool Little Damn Bulbs

I saw some cool stuff at SGIA today. This is first of a few posts from here in Atlanta. Saati has a point source light that is LED, super fast exposure, constant exposure, energy saving, and what I like, super simple design. You can even control it from your phone via bluetooth if the control unit goes down. That’s Ross Balfour who has a cool
Continue reading…