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Screen Printing with Water-based inks

Water-based inks are a great way to get soft hand and breathable prints. Watch our latest tutorial done by indigo life media on how we screen printed this contest winning design done by Matt Flick!

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Watch our latest youtube screen printing tutorial by indigo life media

Discharge printing has been around a long time but has been becoming very popular once again and the trend is growing when clients see the amazing end results! One of the biggest advantage of water-based discharge printing is the “soft hand” feel it leaves which means when you touch the fabric, you get an amazingly soft “hand” or feel. The “discharge” process effectively bleaches or removes color from the fabric of a colored  t-shirt in the design area and then prepares that area of the fabric to be filled back in with water-based inks. Water-based inks actually “dye” the design in the fabric, as opposed to standard Plastisol inks, which is printed “on top” of a garment and leaves a slightly feel the print. Doing a “Dye-Discharge” like shown in the above video accomplishes this at the same time!

There are things to consider when choosing Dye-Discharge printing. For starters, discharge really works on 100% cotton tees because polyester in some fabrics don’t react the same to the chemical process.  Also thinner ring spun cotton tees also work well cause the ink penetrates the garment better allowing the process to take effect faster

Also with dye discharge inks, the colors will vary when printing on different colored shirts which makes pantone matching quite difficult especially with greens and purples. With plastisol inks, its pretty cut and dry with color but with discharge, you don’t know how the color will  turn out until after its full cured and the discharge process has taken effect.

This process is slightly more expensive because of the inks and chemicals used as well as a slightly more difficult process but the end result leaves that super soft feel that everyone wants! Works great for oversize designs with a lot of coverage so when wearing the shirt, you’re not wearing that extra unbreathable ink since the discharge print is actually part of the shirt! Next project you want to place with Four Ambition, ask yourself if discharge ink would work well for this order!

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Welcome SAA Extern Ericka Lyme!

Hey! My name is Ericka Lyme. I am a second year student at the School of Advertising Art in Kettering Ohio and expect to graduate with an Associate of Applied Business in Advertising Art at the end of May 2012. I grew up in rural St. Henry Ohio, (about an hour south of Lima Ohio, and about 15 minutes east from the border of Indiana) and graduated from St. Henry High School in early June of 2010 with an honorable mention in manual black and white photography. I traveled to Australia in 2008 for two weeks during world youth days, and in 2009 and 2010 I traveled to Haiti as a missionary. I am efficient with the Adobe CS5.5 Design Premium Suite working with Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator. I excel in painting and pencil illustrations, and enjoy music, art, ceramics, sewing, running, slow-pitch softball, and my tree frog Margarita. My main goal is to be a trustworthy hard worker, and to use my skills to produce what you want and need. I can be found on facebook and twitter if you have any questions!

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Welcome SAA Extern Aaron Eddelblute

Well hello there! My name is Aaron Eddleblute (pronounced EDDEL-BLOOT). I’m a second year graphic design student at the School of Advertising Art in Kettering, Ohio and currently working as an extern  at Four Ambition. I don’t have much screen-printing experience to speak of, but I’m a quick learner and I’m extremely excited to spend the next month developing a new skill.


– My hometown is part of Wayne National Forest
– My dad was in a band signed to Metal Blade Records
– I also grew up playing music, my favorites being drums and guitar
– My favorite movie is This Is England
– My second favorite movie is Gummo
– If I could be anyone for a day, I’d probably be Matt Pike


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