New Video: “Gellusion” Special Effects Print

Kieth Stevens coined this printing technique “Gellusion” since it uses gel and high density inks and can be used to print lenticular effects that can give various illusion-type prints.  Kieth has been using this mix and technique since he dreamed it up in the 1990’s.

Lenticular print

Lenticular print

We’ve created a short video, shot at the last ISS Long Beach show, where we demo’d this technique.  Recently, our video was posted on to Impressions Magazine’s website with the following intro:

“Gellusion” is a special-effects printing technique that lends itself well to creating a shiny 3-D effect print on a garment.

This technique combines several different print parameters, like a thick emulsion, and high-density and gel inks.

An overprint using three fluorescent process colors results in a bright and intense RGB color simulation, creating a combination of colors that truly “pop.” A “doming” effect of the gel ink is achieved by curing the print at 375°F. Gellusion also is ideal for printing lenticular effects.

The video, shown above, shows Kieth Stevens, western regional sales manager for International Coatings, demonstrating the Gellusion technique, which he has been using since the 1990s.

Kieth Stevens is the Western regional sales manager for International Coatings. He has been teaching screen printing for more than 10 years and is a regular contributor to International Coatings’ blogs.

International Coatings manufactures a complete line of non-phthalate screen printing inks, including a wide variety of whites, specialty inks, special effects inks, color matching systems, additives and reducers. For more information on our products, please visit our website at www.iccink.com.

October 24, 2014 at 8:15 am Leave a comment

Printing Basics: Reflective Inks

Optilux 507 Enhanced Reflective Ink

Optilux 507 Enhanced Reflective Ink

We get calls every week about the proper way to print with reflective inks. Following is a brief explanation by John Levocz, International Coatings’ North East Regional Sales Manager, recently published in Impressions, detailing the methods, and reasons behind them, when it comes to reflective-ink printing.

First, always thoroughly stir the reflective ink before printing. Basically, reflective inks are made up of a carrier base and small reflective glass beads. Since the base is thin, the beads will settle if not stirred before printing.

The reflectivity in the ink comes from the reflective beads or particles, not the base. During the course of printing, one flood coat and one squeegee print usually will yield the most reflectivity. By doing this, the base coat will soak into the material, leaving the reflective particles on top of the material so they can reflect the most light. If you do multiple print strokes, you will lay down too much of the base and the reflective beads won’t be able to sit on top of the fabric evenly and properly reflect the light.

Printing reflective ink is not the same as printing white ink on a black shirt, during which the more white ink you lay down, the brighter or more opaque the print is. When printing with reflective ink, less is basically more. Remember to follow all manufacturers’ recommendations for mesh counts, as particle sizes are different and will require different meshes. Using too fine of a mesh count will strain the reflective particles from the carrier base, laying down less than the optimum amount of reflective beads for the best reflectivity. This also will cause the mesh to become clogged with very expensive reflective beads.

For printing on dark colors and when extra opacity is needed, you can print a white underbase and then print the reflective ink on top of it. Just remember that when you do this, you will lose some of the reflectivity due to the base not soaking completely into the material.

Some reflective inks require the use of a catalyst, coupler or adhesion promoter. Basically, they all accomplish the same goal: making sure the reflective beads stay put on the garment. As usual, follow all the manufacturers’ recommendations. They are there for a reason.

When printing reflective inks correctly, they can add a new style of printing to your arsenal. These types of inks can be used as a visibility enhancement on garments for children, as well as for athletic gear like running shirts. With Halloween right around the corner, printing shirts with reflective inks could be a good choice.

John Levocz is North East regional sales manager for International Coatings. For more information, visit iccink.com and read the company’s blog.

International Coatings’ Oplilux® Reflective ink systems are one of the brightest reflective inks in the market.  Optilux® consists of our 505 Reflective and 507 Enhanced Reflective inks.  Click here for more info.

International Coatings manufactures a complete line of phthalate-compliant screen printing inks, including a wide variety of whites, specialty inks, special effects inks, color matching systems, additives and reducers. For more information on our products, please visit our website at www.iccink.com.

October 14, 2014 at 8:15 am Leave a comment

When To Use Which Adhesive Powder For Transfers

InstaSeahorseTransfer2When do you use fine-ground adhesive powder as opposed to the medium or coarse ground?

One of our customers asked us this question regarding the various adhesive powders we offer for creating heat transfers.  Here is Kieth Stevens’ tip, recently published in Printwear:

As a rule of thumb, the finer the detail on the transfer, the finer the adhesive particles should be. For example, fine-particle adhesive powder should be used when the transfer is a high-definition graphic or has fine details and edges.  When the transfer is then pressed in the heat press, the fine-granulated adhesive powder melts more evenly and doesn’t spread to harm the fine lines or tonal effects of the graphic.

The medium- and coarse-size adhesive powders can be used on transfers with larger areas where fine-line imaging is not required.

Transfers courtesy of Insta Graphic Systems’ High Density II line.  Printed using International Coatings’ inks.

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International Coatings manufactures a complete line of phthalate-compliant screen printing inks, including a wide variety of whites, specialty inks, special effects inks, color matching systems, additives and reducers. For more information on our products, please visit our website at www.iccink.com.

October 7, 2014 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Trend Watch: The 3 ‘Rs’ of Fashion?

Comparing concepts of retro, returning and refreshed helps us understand where current fashion trends are heading.  These concepts, prevalent in movies, are mirrored in fashion apparel trends

Comparing concepts of retro, returning and refreshed helps us understand where current fashion trends are heading. These concepts, prevalent in movies, are mirrored in fashion apparel trends

Here’s a recent article from Mark Brouillard, International Coatings’ Product Manager, that was published in Impressions Magazine:

As my most recent birthday approached, I took some time to think about what I would receive as gifts. Socks were my first thought, followed by undershirts.
Then, I started thinking about some of the gifts I received throughout my childhood and started to wonder: Are they now trending? I pose that as a question since I am not sure if they are considered retro, returning or refreshed fashion. The more I think about it, the more I am convinced that the answer is all of the above.

You are probably asking: How does this apply to the current state of affairs in fashion apparel? I believe it has everything to do with our current times and trends. What video game, movie, cartoon, fashion design, brand, television show or personality was popular during your childhood? I am betting that it currently can be — or soon will be — seen as part of a design on apparel.

Retro, Returning, Refreshed
What is a retro item? By definition, it is something that designates the style of an earlier time. Just look around at a local shopping center and you will find printed apparel of bands from the 1960s and 1970s that I doubt any of the young people wearing them ever knew about. In fact, I doubt they could name any of the band members or their hit songs. Bell-bottom jeans and patches on vests also are making a comeback. This is stuff from 50 years ago, yet these items are now in vogue. By the way, if you check the current asking prices, you will wish that you had hung on to your originals.

Returning is the act or an instance of something coming back. Unfortunately, a returning trend does not necessarily mean we are not going to have nightmares about fashion again. Case in point: I was shopping the other day and saw a glittery, pseudo-transfer T-shirt of three little girls (whose names start with “B”) that topped the cartoon charts during the 1990s. They are back with a vengeance, but as long as I don’t have to hear their theme song again, I will be just fine.

The definition that I am choosing for refresh is to freshen in appearance, color, etc. I think there is a movement where retro items are getting refreshed. Examples would be the brands that were original pioneers in sports fashion, now returning as refreshed retro apparel. The one brand that comes to mind is Ocean Pacific (OP). I remember being in the sixth grade when I got my first OP shirt on my birthday. I thought I was the coolest kid on the block. Today, you see their original style in a type of print that has been refreshed with neon colors, as opposed to the solid colors and pastels of years gone by. They are somewhat retro, but not quite returning, as they are slightly different due to being refreshed.

The main reason for comparing the concepts of retro, returning and refreshed is to understand where current fashion trends are heading. The new blockbuster movies are either remakes of the originals, or based on comic books, TV shows or toys (though some are based on good books). Even new TV stations have now popped up, devoted to airing only old TV shows.

These also mirror fashion trends. Shirts with a guy saying, “You talking to me?” or “Hey, I am walking here” are just the beginning of the return of the refreshed retro look. There also is the clothing line based on pixelated prints of original video games (and the folks wearing them probably never played them and could never tell you the decade in which they originated).

Not surprisingly, the print treatments also follow the fashion trends. There are transfers made to look like the bulletproof original ones, as well as comic book characters, cartoons and personalities of years gone by. Puff, glitter and clears also are popular again. Even old techniques to simulate transfers are popular on garments now.

I never thought my “Welcome Back, Kotter” T-shirt would be worth anything some 40 years after getting it as a gift, let alone see it in print again. Likewise, I never thought the giant shark shirt (“Jaws”) would be the new big thing. So, as my birthday approaches, I am reminded that what goes around comes around — albeit as a retro, returning, and refreshed fashion item.

I’ll take a size XL, please!

Print Credit:  All of the prints shown in the above image were printed by Kieth Stevens in the 1980’s

For more on International Coatings’ Specialty Inks, such as gels, puffs, glitters, or clears, see here.

Mark Brouillard, International Coatings’ product manager, has considerable experience in formulating and manufacturing industrial compounds. For the past 16 years, his focus has been on the formulation and product development of textile screen printing inks. Brouillard coordinates the company’s product development efforts and deployments.
International Coatings manufactures a complete line of phthalate-compliant screen printing inks, including a wide variety of whites, specialty inks, special effects inks, color matching systems, additives and reducers. For more information on our products, please visit our website at www.iccink.com.

September 30, 2014 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Screen Printing 101 Seminar Oct. 15th, 2014

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Upcoming McLogan Screen Printing Seminar  October 15, 2014

“Back to Basics” Seminar coming soon!

We’ve heard your requests!  Time and time again, we are asked to hold a basics class in screen printing, so here is your chance.  We’ve come up with a curriculum that includes demos and hands-on for some of the basic screen printing techniques and how-tos.

If you want to learn how to screen print more effectively, when to use which ink, how to apply emulsion, etc., then this is for you!  Come with your questions – our print experts will be on hand to answer them.

Register

We will hold an initial group session, then break out into three rotating sessions:

Screen Coating, Tension, & Film Quality

How important is it to coat your screen evenly and how many times is enough?  We will cover the best ways to coat screens, tensions, and why film quality matters.

Technical Q&A

How can I print ____?

What tools do I need for ___?  What equipment do I need?

Got questions?  Bring your technical, ink, production, or process questions to this session and we’ll address them.

Inks and Color Mixing

What types of inks are there and when do I need to use which ink?  How can I create Pantone® or custom colors?  We’ll cover this, so you can be confident in choosing the right ink for the job.

DATE:  Wednesday, October 15, 2014

TIME:  10 am – 2 pm

LOCATION:  International Coatings Headquarters

COST:    $25

SPACE IS VERY LIMITED, SO RSVP TODAY!

 Lunch and snacks will be provided!

Register

Or contact Juke at jleman@iccink.com to register.

September 26, 2014 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

New Product for Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

NEW Product Intro For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we are excited to introduce a NEW addition to our 7600 line:  7637 Pink.  This new 7637 Pink is matched to PMS 295C, which is the official pink for the awareness month. Here are some additional products to add to your pink prints:

Here are some additional products to add to your pink prints:

7533 Fluorescent PinkBreastCancer3

7583 Fluorescent Pink Color Concentrate

PD33 Fluorescent Pink Pigment Dispersion

 

7519 Fluorescent Magenta

7569 Fluorescent Magenta Color Concentrate

PD19 Fluorescent Magenta Pigment Dispersion

 

931 Nylon Fluorescent Pink

9224 Nylon Fluorescent Magenta

TIP:  Add various shades of pink for more depth and darker colors for shading

For printing on dark substrates, we recommend you use 7038 Cotton White for cotton or 7014 Legacy White for Poly Blends and 7041 Paramount White for 100% Polyester as an underbase.

International Coatings manufactures a complete line of non-phthalate screen printing inks, including a wide variety of whites, specialty inks, special effects inks, color matching systems, additives and reducers. For more information on our products, please visit our website at www.iccink.com.

September 24, 2014 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Throwback Thursday

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Look at what else we found in our archive warehouse.  This magazine ad mimicked the famous Angels…“IC Angels?”

International Coatings manufactures a complete line of phthalate-compliant screen printing inks, including a wide variety of whites, specialty inks, special effects inks, color matching systems, additives and reducers. For more information on our products, please visit our website at www.iccink.com.

September 18, 2014 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

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