With spring comes new trends and one of the more prevalent ones we’ve identified is metallic printing. Unlike previous years we’ve seen at least two jobs using metallics come through the shop per week. With this influx we thought it wouldn’t be a bad idea to put together a blog post with more information about using metallics in your screen printing projects.
First you need to know that metallic is a plastisol ink so it will always have a hand to it, in fact they are probably the heaviest inks we use. This is a result of the fleck or glitter that is used as the reflective element. Essentially metallic ink is a clear plastisol with glitter suspended in it and to me that sounds just awful, like having Kim Kardashian’s cellphone case glued to your teeshirt.
But wait, metallics are not just for the rich and famous fashion inept. When used intelligently and conservatively they can add a very unique texture and depth to the two-dimensional garment canvas. In the print photoed above we used a pale gold metallic to pop out the highlights without taking away from the classic feel that was the intention of the artiest. In this particular screen print we also used water based inks for the shadows, this will keep the hand soft and the finish as matte as possible.
There are hundreds of specialty plastisol inks out there like glow in the dark, black light, reflective and suede to name a few. If you have any questions about compatibility between ink systems or want to discuss options before starting up a new design just drop us a line. We either know it or we’ll learn about it together.
We welcome you to join us at the 7th Annual Wheels of Fortune female skateboarding showcase taking place May 8th, 2016 in Seattle, WA, USA at All Together Skate Park. The top three competitors in the Advanced Division will be awarded cash prizes, with all other divisions collecting generous prize bags for finishing in top positions.
The Wheels of Fortune contest is unique among other skateboarding events, as it is one of the only international competitions highlighting women and youth. There are multiple divisions including:
- Advanced Girls
- 12&Under Co Ed
- Beginner Girls
- Intermediate Girls
- “Golden Girls” (30 & Up)
- Ramp Jam
- Best Trick
Stop in and help us celebrate not in style with friends and family, drinks and fun! Music by Ole Tinder. Here’s to another one.
Our friends at Stevens Pass Ski Resort were in need of some flags to mark features in their terrain park. They were looking for something that would hold up to high winds and would be visible in low light conditions so we borrowed some technology from the boat sail world and put together these pole mountable units. Made from vinyl coated polyester for the sleeve and heavy weight flag material for the visible triangle. We cut them out, printed them up and sewed them together. Let us know if you have a custom print and sew project and we’ll get you taken care of.
Screen-printing, embroidery and re-labeling go hand and hand. Here at The Foundry we have a full service in-house relabeling department made possible by our industrial flat bed machine and a post machine that’s ideal for applying patches to hats. Our embroidery machine is an industrial SWF 15 needle capable of the highest quality embroidery on flats such as jackets and wovens as well as all types of headwear. These assets combined with our state of the art print facility make The Foundry Seattle’s one stop shop for all your retail and promotional garment embellishment. Learn more about our pricing and sales structures here. Pricing and general information
Had a lot of fun linking up with the 6 Cents boys this last weekend. Hank and Dan are rippers and Captain Mike is about as rad a dad as there will ever be. Check out the edit they put together from their trip around the Seattle area. Foundry Advocates through and through.
Thank you everyone who came along and all the friends that we linked up with along the way. Good memories were built and better friendships were made.
Edited by Davin Spridgen
Anakin Senn wields his magical wooden axe through the streets and parks of The Great Northwest, for the dark arts of blood and alchemy!
Filmed and edited by Adam Robo
Song Dogends by Annihilation Time
It was a rainy slow day here in Seattle so we decided to put together this time laps of Brennan drawing a Foundry graphic. From sketch to screen print and on to staring out the window and drinking beer.
Want to learn more about screen printing? Check out this short video we put together on the basics. Forrest did his best in front of the camera but we’re not making any promises.