GSG Open House – Oklahoma City

GSG_Web_LogoIf you are in the Oklahoma City area, be sure to drop by GSG’s Open House, March 26th, 10 am – 2 pm

Their address is:

6731 S. Eastern Ave.

Oklahoma City, OK 73149

Kent Hudson will be there to show what’s new in our ink line and answer any questions you may have.

For more info on the open house, contact GSG at:

TF: 800.677.3149
PH: 405.672.0555
Hope to see you there!

March 25, 2015 at 4:26 pm Leave a comment

Increase Ink’s Longevity

Cardboard soaking oils from plastisol ink

Cardboard soaking oils from plastisol ink

Check out this quick tip from Kieth Stevens that was just featured in Printwear’s online site on how to improve your ink’s longevity:

Have you ever used a wooden stick or better yet, cardboard to take plastisol ink out of the container? Did you forget to take out the stick or cardboard after you were done? The next day or even worse, weeks later, you go to reuse that ink and notice that the ink seems to be a bit different. Does the stick appear to be stained a different color or the cardboard has lost its rigidity and looks greasy?

What has happened is that a portion of the plasticizer from the ink has been absorbed away into the cardboard or stick. This can definitely alter the usability of an ink. You may notice that the viscosity and elasticity properties of the ink have changed. You may also notice that the ink is not able to pass through the appropriate mesh or the cured ink cracks.

To add longevity to your inks and keep them as good as new, store them appropriately. Put the lid on to avoid lint, dust and dirt from settling into the ink bucket and, subsequently, have the contaminant get stuck in the screen. Store inks at a cool temperature (preferably below 90°F/32°C), and keep them out of direct sunlight. Finally, don’t forget to remove any objects such as stirring sticks or cardboard before storing!

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

March 25, 2015 at 8:30 am Leave a comment

DAX Minnesota Expo This Week

Plan on joining us at the DAX Minnesota Expo this week, March 27-28, 2015.  We will be on hand to print our 7014 Legacy White along with the 7500 Series inks at the SPSI booth (313, 314).  In addition, we will also be printing at the Atlas booth (415), so don’t miss out!

The venue for the show is as follows:

Treasure Island Casino/Hotel
5734 Sturgeon Lk Rd
Welch, MN 55089

Again, come visit us at the following booths and check out what’s new:

Atlas Screen Supply – Booths 415, 420

SPSI Inc – Booths 313, 314

March 23, 2015 at 8:15 am Leave a comment

DAX Minnesota Expo March 27-28, 2015

Dax_anilogo_trnspJoin us at the DAX Minnesota Expo, March 27-28, 2015 for a weekend filled with product news and info.

The venue for the show is as follows:

Treasure Island Casino/Hotel
5734 Sturgeon Lk Rd
Welch, MN 55089

Register online before March 22nd for FREE passes!

The following International Coatings distributors will be on had to showcase our new products:

Atlas Screen Supply – Booths 415, 420

SPSI Inc – Booths 313, 314

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John Levocz will be on hand for any questions and do a print demo at SPSI’s booth as well.  Be sure to come by and check out our new products and additions!

 

 

 

March 16, 2015 at 8:15 am Leave a comment

ISS Atlantic City Show On Now

Just to remind everyone who are able to attend the show, the ISS Atlantic City Show started today, March 13th and goes on till Sunday, March 15, 2015.

Several of our distributors will be showcasing our latest products and info:

Davis International – Booth 541

Charles M. Jessup Co. – Booth 332

Nazdar Source One – Booth 1011

John Levocz as well as Kent Hudson will be at the show so be sure to stop by!!

March 13, 2015 at 12:01 pm Leave a comment

Putting Your Best Print Forward

This simple image was regarded as a favorite by attendees at a recent trade show. It was printed using the Opilux 505 Reflective ink with one pass using a 200 mesh count screen.

This simple image was regarded as a favorite by attendees at a recent trade show. It was printed using the Opilux 505 Reflective ink with one pass using a 200 mesh count screen.

Here’s another tip from Mark Brouillard that was recently published in Impressions:

When trying to garner new sales for your apparel decoration business, it is important to have a complete portfolio of what you have done, can do and potentially could do.

One slight wrinkle to this is that what you think is your best print sample isn’t always what customers, peers or judges may think is your best print. And sometimes you have to tell your business partner, co-workers or customers that they are right and you are, well, misguided (case in point to follow).

When I was at my parents’ house for the holidays, I had to look at something I totally despised:  A painting that I had done while I was younger. Why would I feel this way about something I created? Well, I used to be very proficient at oil painting in my younger days. In fact, I considered myself talented. I did still life, seascape, commissioned pieces and the like.

I had decided to enter two of my seascapes and nothing else into one particular competition that I’ll never forget. My confidence in those two paintings was so high that I knew I didn’t need to enter anything else. My parents suggested (actually, they told me) that I should enter their favorite still life into the competition as well. Begrudgingly, I did.

The judging was completed during the next couple of days and results were posted. As I did my victory march to where my paintings were located, I looked to see how many ribbons I had won. Looking at the two seascapes, I didn’t see any. Much to my dismay, there was a blue ribbon for best in class, one for best still life and one for best oil medium — all for the painting that my parents so liked and told me to enter. There is nothing like having to tell your parents that they are correct and that you were slightly off your game that day (I don’t like giving them the satisfaction of admitting that I was completely wrong). Well I still don’t like that painting and still have to relive the moment when my mother tells me how I didn’t want to enter it in the competition and they did; hence, it now hangs on a wall in their house.

The same principle seems to hold true for trade shows. As a recent trade show came to a close, we sat down to review what we did well, what didn’t go well and what caught us off guard. One of the things that we always try to do for our trade shows is to bring our newest sample prints, along with trying to print something at the booth that will excite our visitors with the “wow” factor.

Remarkably, what we thought were the best sample prints of the new batch were not necessarily what the attendees thought were the best. (However, our live print demo for the show was heralded as being “amazing.”) What caught us slightly off guard was that one of the more simpler prints (shown above) was regarded as a  favorite by most.

This all comes back to perception. When creating your portfolio of decorated apparel, include items that you don’t necessarily like or that you may think aren’t trendy anymore, or even prints that were experiments gone wrong. Similar to entering the painting that I disliked in the competition or having the simpler prints liked more than the over-the-top ones, you need to have a complete package.

Just because you don’t care for it doesn’t mean that others feel the same way. So take a good look at your portfolio; just make sure that there isn’t something hanging on your “parents’ wall” that should be included in your portfolio.

Mark's-Stil-Life

Mark’s original painting.


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 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

March 11, 2015 at 8:05 am Leave a comment

ISS Atlantic City Show March 13-15, 2015

ISS 2015Next on our tradeshow agenda is the ISS Atlantic City Show, March 13-15, 2015.  Don’t miss out on what is shaping up to be a busy and informative show.

Several of our distributors will be showcasing our latest products and info:

Davis International – Booth 541

Charles M. Jessup Co. – Booth 332

Nazdar Source One – Booth 1011

John Levocz will be at the show so be sure to stop by and say “hi.”

Register online today!

March 6, 2015 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

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