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Web Wednesday: Color Me Pantone

The Pantone color of the year for 2015 is Marsala. That is one of the many fascinating things to learn on the Pantone site. Very useful is conversion software that gets you as close as possible to the coated and uncoated colors (which we use to match ink colors) from the textile and other pantone…

Mis-print Monday – A Sticky Subject, Platen Adhesive

I can’t show it, but we warped a print last week and have to set up the job again today to print one piece for a good customer that has to have this small order perfect. We put too much adhesive on the platen and warped the print when we yanked it off the press. Those…

Baseball Season Starts. Hope Springs Eternal. Misprint Monday, uh Teusdya

My pal Garrett Kaule of KSW just pointed out a bad end of season basketball gaffe. Baseball season started this week and our thoughts (and prayers) go out to players to have a good year. Can the Red Sox go from worst to first again? Are the Phillies as bad as they looked yesterday? Can…

Reflections at the End of the Trade Show Season – Part II

Here is my second post, some refections as the busy trade show season is mostly over. The biggest trends of the past ten years have been related to digital printing and to concerns about the effects of printing and garments on the environment. Developments in the environmental realm seem to have slowed down, but still do…

Reflections at the End of the Trade Show Season – Part 1

A few refections as the busy trade show season is mostly over. I think the biggest trends of the past ten years have been digital printing and environmental concerns. Developments in the environmental realm have slowed but still do continue and will not stop, we have to find increasingly safe and sustainable ways to do…

Quick Advice on Adhesive

We just tried this Albatross hot tack spray adhesive. It is as good as any we have used and even costs less! Yikes. We already use their roll-on bulk adhesive, and this stuff is great for the times you have to spray. I have had people send me flash tack samples for ten years and…

Web Wednesday – Spectrum Works and a Novel Approach to Helping Others

While at the Atlantic City ISS show at the Ink Kitchen booth we met some folks from Spectrum Works. They are a decorating shop dedicated to helping folks with autism help themselves. They seemed like great folks doing some good work. You can find out more about them at their website http://spectrumworks.org/ In their own words:…

Web Wednesday -What Color is the Dress? What does it mean for Garment Decorators?

I found the best scientific explanation of the white gold vs blue black dress debate which has been raging on social media on the Wired Magazine site. It mainly has to do with the context and adjustments your eyes make. This is just an extreme case where it falls right on the boundary of interpretation. If…

Canvas Tote Bag Printing – Some Basics and Some Tricks

There are a wide variety of types of canvas bags out there in the world. They are all waiting to be decorated by the screenprinter. There are specifications of all the fabrics in terms of weight, weave, etc. In my many years of buying canvas totes and even working directly with companies that are manufacturing…

Malcolm Butler Gives Big Boost to New England T-Shirt Industry (Hot Market)

Thousands of shirts sit in New England warehouses. Seattle’s Kearse catches a ridiculous pass that should have fallen to the ground. Printers in New England groan, remembering the insane catch (and last of very few catches he ever made) by David Tyree in 2008 which robbed the Patriots of the Super Bowl that year and…

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