Screen printing (or silkscreen) is the most economical method for printing in quantities of 12 or more. By using top quality inks and screen printing equipment, Ottawa Screen Printing is able to provide you with a beautiful, long lasting print that you can be proud of. The more you print, the more you save! Ottawa Screen Printing offers price breaks at 12, 24, 48, 72, 144, and 250+ units.
How to order from Ottawa Screen Prinitng:
- Request a quote.
- Receive a mock-up and approve your run.
- Your order is then screen printed and delivery is on us!
Ottawa Screen Printing offers high quality screen printed garments from 1 to 6 colours (or CMYK) done locally right here in Ottawa, ON. Screen printing can be done on a wide array of products including t-shirts, shirts, polos, sports jerseys, sweaters, hoodies, pants, bags, jackets, safety wear, and much more.
Screen printing or silkscreen is a technique using a woven mesh in a metallic frame, with varying mesh counts, to support a stencil of a graphic. The stencil forms open areas of mesh that transfer ink onto printable materials, which can be pressed through the mesh as a sharp-edged image onto a substrate. A fill blade or “squeegee” is moved across the screen stencil, forcing or pumping ink into the mesh openings for transfer by capillary action during the squeegee stroke. Screen printing Ottawa has never been easier with Ottawa Screen Printing!
There are various terms used for what is essentially the same technique. Traditionally the process was called screen printing or silkscreen printing because silk was used in the process prior to the invention of polyester mesh. Currently, synthetic threads are commonly used in the screen printing process. The most popular mesh in general use is made of polyester. There are special-use mesh materials of nylon and stainless steel available to the screen printer. There are also different types of mesh size which will determine the outcome and look of the finished design on the material.
Ottawa Screen Printing: screen print your logo or design is a great way to ensure top quality, long lasting prints on a variety garments. Help promote your business, organization, team or group with screen printed apparel from Ottawa Screen Printing.
Ottawa Screen Printing Options
Plastisol is the most versatile ink used in commercial screen printing. Plastisol sits on top of the fabric and bonds to the fibers providing a long lasting, good color opacity onto both dark and light garments with clear graphic detail. The print can be made softer & thinner with additives, or more saturated & heavier with extra layers of ink. There are also a number of additives that can be applied to the ink to create different visual effects (i.e. Foil – Puff – Suede – Soft Hand – Glow-in-the-Dark – 4 Color Process).
Water-based inks soak into and dye the garment fabric. Once cured the water evaporates leaving only the pigment create a much softer feel (no hand). We recommend water based screen printing darker inks onto lighter colored 100% cotton garments. When applying the pigment onto a dyed fabric the color of the fabric will compete with the deposited pigment, this will make ink less visible the darker the fabric color gets. Pigment will also not soak into synthetic fibers as well such as polyester, rayon, so water-based is recommended for use on 100% cotton garments.
Water-based White Inks
Water based white inks work well for screen printing white ink onto darker colored fabric with less hand (softer feel). The water-based white works by adding a blocker to allow the ink to sit more on-top of the fabric (like plastisol) and not sink into the fabric. One the water evaporates some of the binder is left with the pigment so the print still has hand to it (feel). Pigment can be added to the water-based whites to create very light shades of color. Water-based whites will work on synthetic fibers but be slightly less opaque.
If you are looking for a softer feeling light colored print on a dark garment Discharge ink could be the solution. They work on cotton garments by removing the dye of the garment returning the garment to the original color of the milled fabric (the gray goods). Pigment can be added to the discharge to leave behind a new color replacing the removed garment dye. The cons with this process is that they are less graphic in nature than plastisol inks, and exact colors are difficult to control. The discharge will not remove the dye from synthetic fibers such are polyester and rayon, making a very dull and washed out looking print on blended fabrics. One of the pros of using this process is they are especially good for soft distressed prints. It adds variety to the design or gives it that natural soft feel. Discharge can also be used as an under-base on dark colored garments to achieve a softer print.