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Great Minds Think Alike

KC’s post from Thursday reminded me of this print that we ran years ago.  Our appliqué effect was created with a 90/10 base/black for drop shadow and a puff underlay.  I guess great minds really do think alike.  

Welcome to Our Kitchen

The new Ink Kitchen column was introduced in the latest issue of Wearbles.  Additionally, some thoughts on water-base ink from my buddy Dan at Forward Printing as well as my words on the printed tank worn by the cover model which was produced at Motion Textile.  Wearables is doing great things, glad to be a part of it.  …

Soft Plastisol

Soft plastisol inks can be a viable alternative to water base inks (and even discharge inks depending on the design, graphic and garment) with respect to visual and tactile characteristics.  Soft plastisol inks are also easier to print, especially when printing high resolution halftones through high mesh counts.  The key to soft plastisol ink is…

Mis-Print Monday: Gaps and Traps

This print was rejected a few years back due to the visible gaps between the black and white lines which allowed the red substrate to show through.  In an effort to more reliably hold fine detail throughout a print run we were experimenting with applying strokes of various weight to elements within highly detailed line art…

Domingo Gigante– Impresión de descarga

Debería empezar diciendo que no considero Motion Textile una compañía de impresión de descarga, pero somos muy buenos en esto. Aclaro, hay impresores que trabajan con base de agua/descarga y lo hacen de forma brillante, eficiente y rentable. Creo que la única manera de llegar ahí es porque lo eliges o te obligan a imprimir…

Andy Anderson: Listen to This Guy

Andy Anderson is one of the best printers this industry has ever seen.  I love that his approach to printing is art/craft first and science second.  Andy’s latest article in Impressions is well worth the read.

Cleanliness is Next to Godliness

Screenprinting shops are notoriously filthy and disorganized.  Most screen-printers seem not to mind (including most managers and owners).  Why is this?  It’s unprofessional, it’s gross, it’s unsafe, it creates an underlying tension that stresses everyone out (whether they know it or not).  I wonder if one were to quantify all the lost productivity caused by filthy and…

Thoughts on Discharge

I should start by saying that I do not consider Motion Textile to be a discharge printer, but we’re pretty damn good at discharge printing.  To clarify, I’m saying that there are printers whom primarily print waterbase/discharge and do so very proficiently, efficiently, and profitably.  I think the only way to get to that place is…

Web Wednesday: Brands of the World

Brands of the World has been an invaluable resource for me for many years.  Ever been desperate for a specific brand logo in vector format that for some reason your customer just can’t get their hands on (after all the Coca-Cola logo is only available in lo-res jpg format) and yet they still want the print to look perfect and…

Misprint Monday: Well, maybe

Recently a long-time customer called to say that we had misprinted an order.  The issue was that the yellow ink on this print run did not match the yellow ink that we had used in multiple print runs previously.  In such cases we always request that our customer send back a sample from the mis-printed print run,…

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